Department of Physics
The Observatory will be closed for open viewing during the summer. The last viewing for spring is May 9th, 2018 and the regular Wednesday schedule will resume on September 5th, 2018. Please feel free to contact the Department of Physics at 512-245-2131 with any questions or concerns.
The Department of Physics offers Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in physics, including degrees with teacher certification, as well as Master’s of Science degrees in physics and in materials physics. An innovative, multidisciplinary PhD in Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization (MSEC) is also available to students who continue beyond a Master's degree. Faculty in the department pursue a variety of exciting research interests with focus areas including materials physics, physics education research, and astronomy. The department also makes a strong effort to engage all students, both undergraduate and graduate, in supporting both the teaching and research missions of the department by offering multiple opportunities to contribute to our department as laboratory instructors, learning assistants, or student workers. For more information on particular aspects of the department, please explore our site and feel free to contact us with your questions.