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About The Department

Physics Department Overview

The Department of Physics offers both Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics, 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 historical 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 a laboratory instructor, learning assistants, or student worker. For more information on particular aspects of the department, please follow the links on our site and feel free to contact us with your questions.

Chair's Message

The Department of Physics strives to provide an exciting, rigorous educational environment that stresses relevant research, classroom learning, extensive use of peer instruction, and opportunities for work in industrial settings. Graduate students are involved in research as part of their degree plans. We also encourage undergraduates to get involved in research. We have state-of-the-art research facilities, both within the department and shared user laboratories, that provide meaningful experiences for any student who uses them, as well as dedicated faculty who work closely with students. We cordially invite prospective students to visit. Just call the department office to set up an appointment!

Mark Holtz
Physics Department Chair

Department Mission

The Department of Physics provides quality research and education opportunities for students at Texas State University. Our programs prepare students with a sound understanding of both the fundamental physics and applications of this foundational branch of science. We also provide the knowledge and experience necessary for students to find meaningful employment.

Our research and curricula are designed to meet these objectives. The Department strives to provide effective curriculum and the highest quality laboratory capabilities, including departmental and shared user facilities, for the education of our students and do so in a student friendly manner.