Physics is a gateway to opportunities for working in diverse settings including education, industry, and for pursuing advanced degrees. Our 4-year Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics is designed for students interested in the study of the nature and properties of matter and energy in order to solve complex problems.

This 4-year Bachelor of Science Degree is designed for students seeking innovative careers in high-tech areas where multiple engineering disciplines merge. Graduates will be prepared to enter diverse areas such as mechanical controls, digital and analog electronics, instrumentation, robotics and manufacturing process control.

The Physics-Engineering Dual Degree Program provides an option through which students may spend three years at SFA before transferring. Students who complete the Dual Degree curriculum will receive a B.S. degree in physics from SFA and a B.S. degree in engineering from their chosen engineering school.

The astronomy minor has been developed for students who have interests in astronomy beyond the introductory level. The course of study includes introductory physics, introductory astronomy, observational astronomy and astrophysics. Students in this program have to opportunity to use telescopes at the SFA Observatory.

The Department offers a program of study leading to the Master of Science in Natural Science with an emphasis/concentration in physics. This curriculum provides a firm foundation in the principles of classical and quantum physics and their application in atomic, molecular, nuclear and solid-state physics.

Students wishing to major in mechanical, electrical, civil, petroleum, chemical, or any of the many fields of engineering may take their first two years in pre-engineering at Stephen F. Austin State University and transfer to another university to complete their engineering degree requirements.

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The Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building is home to classrooms, labs, makerspaces, research areas, a planetarium, and computer labs that support areas of study in physics, engineering, astronomy, computer science, information technology, and other STEM fields.