The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) welcomes you!
The department has 17 full-time faculty members and several post-doctoral scholars and visiting faculty members actively engaged in
research in the areas of Biophysics, Nanotechnology, applied Optics,
Gravitational Wave Astronomy, Radio Astronomy, Relativistic Astrophysics
and Physics Education. Besides excellence in research and teaching, the
department places special emphasis on the involvement of students, at
both the undergraduate and graduate levels, in research. Several
opportunities for generous financial support are provided to deserving
students at all levels.
The department has a strong, well-funded research program and enjoys
close research collaborations among scientists in other departments with
related research interests. To facilitate such cooperation and
collaboration, an interdisciplinary research center - Center for
Gravitational Wave Astronomy (CGWA) - has been formed in 2003 that has
been supported by NSF, NASA,and DoD grants of over $25M. In 2011, a new
research center, the Center for Radio Astronomy (CARA), has been formed
with funds from DoD and NSF.
The department offers two separate program paths leading to Masters
(M.S.) in Physics. While a traditional two year M.S. Physics program can
be pursued by students with a Bachelors in Physics or closely related
fields, students can also enroll in a Five-year Integrated Bachelors and Masters
program where one can pursue Bachelors in multidisciplinary studies with
concentration in Physics and Math and Masters in Physics. A cooperative Ph. D program exists with UT- San
Antonio (UTSA). In this program, students enrolled in the UTSA Physics
Ph. D program have the option to reside at UTB and conduct their
research under the direction of a graduate faculty member of the UTB
Physics department. All requirements for the Ph.D program including
graduation requirements are the same as those established for the UTSA
Ph.D Physics program.
Undergraduate students who declare Physics major are encouraged to get
involved in research early in their careers. Students who are
accepted in the graduate program are generally offered Teaching
Assistant positions. Many students become research assistants after they
join research groups. Recruitment of top students is a very high
priority for the department. Incoming students are encouraged to identify
areas of interest, and to find faculty advisors early in their program.
The Physics and Astronomy department is spread across the Science,
Engineering, Technology Building (SETB), Cavalry Building, Rusteberg Building and the Bio-Medical Research Building. The department houses cutting edge laboratories, classrooms, faculty member and staff member offices, a departmental library, graduate student offices and conference rooms.
The department abounds with opportunities! You are invited to browse our web site for more information. Feel free to contact us at:
Ms. Julie Madrigal (Julie.Ayala1@utb.edu)
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Texas at Brownsville
1 West University Boulevard
Brownsville, TX 78520.
Phone: (956) 882-6780
Fax: (956) 882-6722