Stephen F. Austin State University


The Department of Physics and Astronomy at SFA is one of seven departments/divisions/schools in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. The primary goals of the department are to acquaint students with the general all-embracing principles that are the foundations of the present understanding of physics and astronomy and to furnish experiences in lecture and laboratory that will develop scientific attitudes, insights and techniques.

The department has programs that prepare students for:

The physics curricula provides a solid grounding in both classical and quantum physics. It consists of 36-40 hours, including a two-semester basic introductory sequence and a selection of courses from:

(This curricula requires students to complete supporting work in mathematics. Courses in chemistry and computer programming are normally a part of the overall professional preparation.)

Majors & Minors

A student majoring in physics will receive an education that will lead to a Bachelor of Science degree. A Master of Science degree is available at SFA for students wishing to further their education beyond the bachelor's degree level. Specific undergraduate majors are physics and physics/pre-engineering. Specific undergraduate minors are physics, astronomy and engineering.

Student Organizations

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) at SFA has been extremely active since the 1970s. The club is a support organization involved with activities that serve the department, the university and the local public. These activities include public viewing sessions at the SFA Observatory, Physics Olympics and physics magic shows for local schools. Over the last 18 years, SPS won 15 National Outstanding Chapter awards. Each semester students attend SPS meetings held in conjunction with the Texas Sections of the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Physical Society.

Unique Facts and Figures

For more information, contact the Department of Physics and Astronomy at or 936.468.3001.