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Department of Physics and Engineering Physics

About Physics

Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences. From the large questions such as dark energy and the origin of the universe, to the science underlying solar cells, the GPS in the car, and that iPhone in your pocket, the importance of physics is readily apparent.

Physics majors obtain a solid foundation in physics and mathematics in preparation for a technical or scientific career. Our students can study theoretical topics in fields such as astrophysics and general relativity, quantum mechanics, and condensed matter physics, as well as gain experimental experience in fields such as nanotechnology, optics, lasers or solid-state physics.

Engineering Physics majors receive the professional, multidisciplinary, ABET-accredited, engineering education that is in strong demand by today’s industries. Instruction from both physicists and professional engineers incorporate engineering standards and realistic constraints to prepare our students for careers in industry, government, and higher education, while instilling a desire for lifelong learning.

Students are encouraged to join TU’s local chapter of the Society of Physics Students, and those with outstanding academics are selected for membership in the organization’s honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma.


Our physics and engineering physics graduates receive a strong foundation in their particular major but, just as importantly, they also learn how to think. This places them in high demand as flexible problem solvers. After earning their undergraduate degree, many alumni pursue advanced degrees in physics, engineering or multidisciplinary programs (such as nanotechnology or material science). The high acceptance rate into law and medical schools of physics graduates has led others to successful professional careers.  Many of our students begin their careers at some of the country’s top companies including Google, Intel, Caterpillar, Lockheed and ConocoPhillips. Others choose positions in government such as the U.S. Armed Forces or Federal National Laboratories.


Our department also has a long history of educational outreach to the public. Our faculty have conducted many state-funded workshops to train K-12 educators in teaching science and math and have hosted other events such as fun and educational physics shows. The TU Physics Journal Club, often cited as TU’s most successful outreach program, draws well over 100 physics aficionados monthly to discuss the latest progress in physics.

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