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Physics and Geosciences

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.

National Recognition

The ASU Department of Physics and Geosciences is one of just 21 undergraduate programs – and the only one in Texas – identified as exemplary in the 2003 Strategic Programs for Innovations in Undergraduate Physics project supported by the ExxonMobil Foundation, American Association of Physics Teachers, American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society. Read more about selecting an undergraduate physics program in this American Institute of Physics report.

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.

Join Us

For more information, call 325-942-2242 or email


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.


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

Get Involved with
a student organization

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

The Society of Physics Students
Sponsor: Dr. Juan Blandon

Geologic Exhibition Organization
Sponsor: Dr. Joseph Satterfield

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

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.