Physics is our strength
There has never been a more exciting time to enter the world of physics. There are new discoveries virtually every day, new theories and new inventions that make the universe a more awe-inspiring place.
There’s also never been a more exciting time to enter the world of physics at SFA. We offer students more hands-on learning experiences and access to state-of-the-art facilities, like our new Cole STEM Building. Get ready for the future here!
The jobs of tomorrow, today
Students who study physics at SFA open themselves up to a world of possibilities. Many of our students have gone on to careers in:
- The military
- Information technology
Many of our physics students choose to continue with their education and earn a master’s degree or a Ph.D., which can lead to rewarding careers in research and post-secondary education.
More than just theory
At SFA, we like our students to get their hands dirty, metaphorically speaking. Our physics courses deliver more than powerful lectures from some of the most passionate professors you can find. As an undergrad, you’ll have the opportunity to work side-by-side with your professors and participate in real, relevant lab research. Live the dream, and get published before you even complete your undergraduate education.
Students also have access to our incredible array of labs and facilities, such as:
- Quantum optics lab
- Low-temperature physics lab
- Thin film lab
- Radar signaling lab
- Gas dynamics lab
- Optical polarimetry lab
- Makerspaces and machine shop
Undergraduate programs and requirements
Bachelor of Science in Physics
Dive into the world of physics with our exciting and innovative Bachelor of Science in Physics programs. Students gain a solid understanding of physics, astronomy and engineering that help shape the scientific attitudes, insights and techniques needed to help change the world. To earn a B.S. in physics, students must complete all required core university coursework and electives, plus:
- 15 hours of mathematics coursework
- 37 hours of physics, engineering and astronomy, 20 hours must be advanced.
- PHY 131 or 241, 132 or 242, 321 (or EGR 321), 333, 347, 430, 431, 440, 441 and 470.
- Three hours from PHY 250 (or EGR 250), 262 (or EGR 215), 343 (or EGR 343), AST 305 or 335 or special problems (PHY 475 or 476).
- CHE 133 and 134
- CSC 102
If you love the idea of teaching physics every bit as much as you love learning about it, we also offer a teacher’s certification program. To find out more about our teacher certification, contact one of our advisors.
Master of Science with a concentration in physics
Can’t get enough physics? We’ve got the program for you. SFA offers a graduate-level M.S. degree in natural science with an emphasis in physics designed to satisfy your quest for knowledge. The graduate program involves both course work and research opportunities to help fully develop your understanding of the material.
- Students interested in this degree must complete a thesis program that involves 18 to 26 hours of physics. Students who choose to pursue the professional physics option are required to complete Physics 512, 531, 532 and 551.
*See General Bulletin for additional details, guidelines and requirements