The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers four degrees with various concentrations. In the B.S. in Physics or Physics and Astronomy, aside from the general degree, you may choose to enhance your education by the Education or Graduate School Preparation areas of concentration. In the B.A. in Astronomy, you may also choose the Science Communication or Science Breadth areas of concentration. The newly offered B.S. in Physics and Quantum Computing consists of a core program of physics, computer science and Quantum Information/Quantum Computing courses, with optional focuses to prepare for graduate studies in Physics or Computer Science.

We also offer a minor and a Nanoscience and Engineering Certificate. Our Certificate program works in tandem with the Department of Chemistry and the Swanson School of Engineering.

To organize a visit to the Physics and Astronomy Department, please contact the Undergraduate Coordinator.

Degree Programs

The department offers over seven tracks to the bachelor’s degree in physics or physics and astronomy and a minor.


Courses are designed to provide a well-rounded introduction to physics and astronomy.


Students have an opportunity to consult their advisors, even during the hectic registration periods. Our department offers Undergraduate Advising Information. Contact the Undergraduate Coordinator to make an appointment with an advisor, stop by the Main Office in Allen Hall, or visit our Online Scheduling Tool.

Fellowship and Awards

The Department of Physics and Astronomy annually recognizes the progress and development of our undergraduate and graduate students with scholarships, essay competitions, and research funding. Each of these awards is recorded publicly on a plaque, located on the first floor of Allen Hall.

Research Opportunities

Undergraduate research is an important (and popular) factor of students’ education within physics. Students can opt for research with faculty members in the department during the academic year or during the summer.

Scholarship and Intern Opportunities

Participate in internships to learn about an academic subject or discipline. Get involved by volunteering. Participate as a Physics UTA!


Facilities in the undergraduate laboratories are continually updated in order to acquaint students with new devices and concepts.