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Department of Physics and Geosciences

Physics and geosciences are both very diverse fields of study that will prepare you for a wide variety of career options.

Our physics students explore matter and energy concepts that are relevant to the modern world. Our geosciences students study all aspects of our Earth with an emphasis on field work and research. Here, you will find flexible degree programs that help you gain the real-world knowledge and skills you need to succeed in your chosen career, or advance to graduate school.

Degrees

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physics
The degree will prepare you to study physics in graduate school.

B.S. in Physics with Specialization in Applied Physics
This degree will prepare you for industry careers or to study engineering in graduate school.

B.S. in Geoscience
This degree will prepare you to study geosciences in graduate school. Since the primary entry-level degree for geoscience careers is a master’s degree, you will be prepared for graduate studies in geology, geophysics, engineering, environmental science and hydrology.

You can also minor in Astronomy, Geoscience or Physics.

Physics and geosciences are fields of discovery. Your ASU degree is your ticket to join an exciting world of professionals who make those discoveries, engineer new processes and inventions that improve our daily lives, and utilize and protect our natural resources. You could influence everything from military defense to medicine and from the energy industry to how we study the stars.

Around the Department

Take a look at some other aspects of our department that make ASU an outstanding place to study physics and geosciences.

Telescope

State-of-the-Art Facilities

You can take a variety of classes in our Planetarium. It’s features the combination of a Sci-Dome HD digital projector and large tilted-dome theater. You can also check out free astronomy shows every week. Our other modern labs are highlighted by equipment like a Scanning Electron Microscope and LabVIEW software.

student examining rocks through microscope

Student Organizations

Our Society of Physics Students is one of the most decorated chapters in the country. You can also join in the annual SPS Summer Road Tour and bring entertaining physics demonstrations to public schools around West Texas and New Mexico. Geosciences students can join the Geologic Exhibition Organization (GEO).

Trey Holik Photoshoot

Off-Campus Opportunities

Physics students visit scientific facilities like the Pickle Nuclear Lab in Austin. Geosciences students visit geologic sites in the Big Bend and Permian Basin. We can also help you set up internships for valuable hands-on experience.