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Physics is everywhere.  It describes the world around us, from explaining the working and making possible the luxuries and conveniences inside our homes, such as cordless phones, microwave ovens, and CD players, to describing the motions of the galaxies in our universe.  Physicists enjoy asking questions (and are hopefully able find the answers!) about the world around us.  Their studies range from the tiniest particles of matter to the largest objects in our universe.

Physics underlies all other basic sciences and is the basis for much of technology because it is concerned with the most fundamental aspects of matter and energy as well as the laws that govern their interactions. Scientists in other fields use the knowledge discovered by physicists to guide them in the study of their respective disciplines.  Much of the technological equipment and techniques used by other scientists and medical doctors were originally developed by physicists, such as X-rays, lasers, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. From saving lives, to saving our environment, to promoting knowledge in other areas of sciences, physicists are key players in our future.  It will be you, the physics students of today, who will make contributions to improving the quality of lives in many, many areas.

Physics graduates are highly sought in academia and industry. A physics degree from UTB/TSC opens a wide range of career opportunities for you; as researchers at universities, government and industrial labs, in business, and consulting companies. Discovering pulsars and gravitational waves in our universe, developing advanced military radar, working on new photonic devices, developing new financial tools for banks, teaching at the high school or university level – these are but a few of the diverse opportunities a physics degree from UTB/TSC offers for your career.  

What amazing insights and discoveries are you going to contribute to the world?

The department offers the following degrees:

Students enrolled in the UT Arlington (UTA) Cooperative PhD Physics program now 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 program including graduation requirements are the same as those established for the UTA PhD Physics program.

Financial support is available to undergraduate and graduate students. Graduate students can expect to receive a stipend along with coverage of tuition. Undergraduate students can apply to the ARCC scholars program. The amount of financial support depends on merit and financial need and may be linked to teaching and other duties.

You are encouraged to contact the program committee chairs listed below for further information:

Undergraduate program:
Dr. Volker Quetschke

Graduate programs:
Dr. Karen Martirosyan


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