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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) welcomes you!

The department has seventeen full-time faculty members and several post-doctoral scholars and visiting faculty members actively engaged in research in the areas of Applied Optics, Biophysics, Computational Physics, Gravitational Wave Astronomy, Nanotechnology, Physics Education, Radio Astronomy and Relativistic Astrophysics. Besides excellence in research and teaching, the department places special emphasis on the involvement of undergraduate and Masters students 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. The department faculty members have close research collaborations with scientists across the globe. 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 $30M. 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 (BMS) with concentration in Physics and Math and Masters in Physics. Integration of research and education at all stages is one of the strengths of the department. The department lays emphasis on high quality teaching and student mentoring.

There are fourteen doctoral students in a cooperative Ph. D program with UT- San Antonio (UTSA). In this program, UTB students are enrolled in the UTSA Physics Ph. D program. They 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.

The Physics and Astronomy department is spread across the Science, Engineering, Technology Building (SETB), Cavalry Building, Rusteberg Building and the Life and Health Sciences and Bio-Medical Research Buildings. There are several cutting edge laboratories in the department - Applied Optics and Lasers, Nanotechnology, Biophysics, Arecibo Remote Command Center (Radio Astronomy), Gravitational Wave Creep Experiment, Optical Observatory and Computation facilities. Several faculty members are also affiliated with large international science collaborations like the LIGO ( and the NanoGrav (

The department abounds with opportunities! You are invited to browse our web site for more information. Feel free to contact us at:

Ms. Melissa de la Rosa (; Phone: 882-6779)
Ms. Julie Madrigal (;Phone: 882-6780)

Department of Physics and Astronomy • UTB • One West University Boulevard • Brownsville, TX 78520
Main Office: LHSB 2.228 • Phone: 956-882-6779 • Fax: 956-882-6726


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