This 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. Physics is foundational in scientific study, drawing from both mathematical and experimental intuition and training. A physics degree is a gateway to opportunities for working in diverse settings including education, industry, and for pursuing advanced degrees.

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

The applied physics degree is designed for the student who wishes to pursue a career utilizing or developing new technologies or solving engineering and physics problems. In contrast to our General Physics degree, the curriculum provides focused instruction in experimentation, instrumentation, and computational physics in the third and fourth year. This degree will prepare students for careers in industry and engineering disciplines.

The physics minor has been developed for students who have interests in studying physics beyond the introductory level. This includes calculus based technical physics courses in addition to modern physics, introducing concepts of relativity, atomic, nuclear, and quantum theory. Students are able to focus their study on two upper division electives ranging from electronics, engineering, or advanced physics.

The Department offers a 36 credit hour Master of Science in Natural Science with a concentration in physics. The student will take 18 hours in physics providing a firm foundation in the principles of classical and quantum physics and their application in atomic, molecular, nuclear and solid-state physics. The remaining 18 hours can be used to study tertiary disciplines , which offers a truly unique graduate degree that can be tailored to meet your future needs.

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 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 engineering minor includes courses in introductory engineering, statics, dynamics, linear circuit analysis and digital systems. This minor can prepare students for employment or continued study in the areas of mechanical, electrical and civil engineering.

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.

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.