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ASU physics students explore matter and energy concepts relevant to today’s world. With society constantly asking physical questions (i.e., How do we make vehicles run on less fuel? How do we make light bulbs last longer?), our students know that the work they do will be in high demand for many years to come.

  • I have always been interested in physics ever since I built my first catapult in high school.  I was lucky to come upon Angelo State to find that they had a great undergraduate program.

    David To Physics (Applied Physics Concentration)
  • I had originally planned to attend Texas A&M in some kind of Engineering program, but when I heard of the Physics department’s national ranking, I decided to stay in San Angelo and get a physics degree from this nationally ranked department.

    Blake McCracken Physics (Applied Physics Concentration)
  • I chose ASU physics because of the strong faculty encouragement and support I found when visiting the campus.  The ASU physics undergraduate program is nationally ranked and an excellent place to learn physics.

    Olivia Popnoe Physics (Applied Physics Concentration) / Mathematics

Department Mission

The mission statement of the Department of Physics and Geosciences is to promote literacy, inquiry, and service in the fields of Physics and Geosciences.

Advanced Labs

Faculty in the ASU Physics and Geosciences Department teach advanced lab sequences targeted at preparing students for jobs in engineering or getting into graduate programs. The labs use state-of-the-art technology and all teaching faculty have doctorates.

Classrooms typically have one faculty member for every 20 students. Our faculty teach science by inquiry and use proven results of physics education research in the classroom.

Undergraduate Research

Any student who wants to begin an undergraduate research project can contact a faculty member in the Department of Physics and Geosciences. Many students involved in undergraduate research present their work at state-level professional meetings. 

Student Organizations

Student organizations in Physics and in Geology have weekly meetings, build camaraderie, attend regional and national conferences, and are active in community outreach.

For more information about these department-sponsored organizations, contact the faculty sponsor listed below.

The Society of Physics Students
Sponsor: Dr.Trey Holik (Eddie.Holik@angelo.edu )

Geologic Exhibition Organization
Sponsor: Dr. Joseph Satterfield (joseph.satterfield@angelo.edu)

These organizations are member organizations of the American Institute of Physics and the American Geosciences Institute.

Join Our Department

For more information about either Physics or Geo sciences, call 325-942-2242 or email David.Bixler@angelo.edu

Degree Plans

The Physics and Geosciences Department offers these bachelor’s degrees:

Available Minors:

Future Course Offerings

See when important physics, physical science and geology courses will be offered in future semesters.

Learn More about Future Course Offerings

Career Opportunities

The Physics and Geosciences Department tracks its graduates, who often advance to careers in aerospace technology, mathematics, medicine, and engineering or geoscience in the oil and gas industry, to name just a few.

The department offers flexible degree plans that allow students to enter careers after graduating or continue to graduate school.

The Physics Career Network and the Geoscience Workforce help students find entry-level jobs, internships and scholarships.

GET A SCHOLARSHIP

The Physics and Geosciences Department offers scholarships to current physics and geosciences students.

Contact the department by Feb. 1 to inquire about these scholarships:

  • Donald James “Don” Reum Sr.
  • Dale and Joy Chase
  • Wilton J. Brown
  • Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Kershaw III
  • Louis Cellum Memorial-Pre-engineering
  • Bernard T. Young
  • H. Ray Dawson Alumni Textbook
  • ASU Alumni Physics Scholarship

Honor Societies

Our department has a local chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma (a national physics honor society) and Sigma Gamma Epsilon (a national earth science honor society) that both recognize scholarship in physics or earth science and encourage interest in physics or earth science among students at all levels.