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Physics Program National Ranking

October 29, 2015

Angelo State University’s Department of Physics and Geosciences has been listed among the top 74 programs at U.S. colleges and universities for conferring the largest number of undergraduate physics degrees, according to statistics released this month by the American Institute of Physics (AIP).

Overall, the ASU physics program is ranked No. 20, averaging 16 undergraduate physics degrees conferred each year from 2012-14. The list includes only physics programs where a bachelor’s degree is the highest degree offered and which averaged at least 10 bachelor’s degrees awarded for the classes of 2012, 2013 and 2014. 

Dr. David BixlerDr. David Bixler“I am very pleased for our program to have been recognized by the AIP as one of the strongest undergraduate physics programs in the nation,” said Dr. David Bixler, chair of the Department of Physics and Geosciences. “This is a testament to the dedication of our faculty to excellence in undergraduate education and to the hard work that they do every day teaching the next generation of scientists and engineers. Our Society of Physics Students chapter, with its active outreach program, and our excellent undergraduate research opportunities are also important contributors to our success. Notably, not only do we have significant numbers of graduates, but these students also go on to be successful in graduate programs and careers across the nation.” 

ASU is the only Texas school to have its physics program ranked on the AIP list. The entire list is available online at  

AIP is a federation of physical science societies with a mission to advance, promote and serve the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity. Its member societies cover a broad range of fields in the physical sciences and collectively represent more than 120,000 scientists, engineers, educators and students. It is also the parent organization for the Society of Physics Students and publishes the flagship magazine Physics Today. More details are available online at  

For more information on the ASU physics program, contact Bixler at 325-942-2242.