The Department of Physics offers three graduate degree programs: Master of Arts in Physics, Master of Sciences in Applied Physics, and Doctor of Philosophy in Physics.


Areas of Study

The Department of Physics has active research groups in nine main areas of current physics research: Atomic, molecular, and optical physics; classical physics; nuclear physics; statistical mechanics and thermodynamics; plasma physics; condensed matter physics; nonlinear dynamics; relativity and cosmology; and elementary particle physics. In most of these fields, both experimental and theoretical work is in progress.


Facilities for Graduate Work

The Department operates numerous facilities for graduate study and research. In addition to several experimental and laboratory facilities, theoretical work is conducted in plasma physics, condensed matter physics, acoustics, nonlinear dynamics, relativity, astrophysics, statistical mechanics, and particle theory.

Students also have access to excellent computer and library facilities. Additionally, the Department also maintains and staffs a machine shop, student workshop, low-temperature and high-vacuum shop, and electronics design and fabrication shop.



The Department of Physics ranked 14th in the “2014 U.S. News and World Report,” while we ranked 3rd in Plasma and 9th in Cosmology/Relativity/Gravity.




Matt Ervin        RLM 5.224       512-471-1664

Graduate Coordinator        


John Keto        RLM 10.315      512-471-5029

Graduate Advisor                 


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Graduate Welfare Committee        


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