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B.S. in Physics


This degree program is one of the best-equipped, compelling, and most active physics programs of any undergraduate institution in the nation. Our program is extremely flexible with 13 hours of general elective along with 18 hours of support field electives. This flexibility enables students to tailor their degree to pursue various interests, or pursue professional goals using one of our six specialty tracks, which are:

  • Astronomy
  • Classical (Double Major)
  • Medical Physics/Pre-Professional
  • 9-12 Math/Physics Teacher
  • 9-12 Physics/Chemistry
  • Nuclear Engineering

Designed With You in Mind

In addition to outstanding facilities and academic support, the Tarleton State University Physics Program also offers:

  • Unique research opportunities
  • Unique physics and nuclear engineering courses
  • Freshman academic scholarships of up to $9,000 a year


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Career Opportunities

A B.S. in Physics can lead to careers such as:

  • Physicist
  • Bioengineer
  • Medical Technician
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Physics Teacher
  • Astronomer

And much more!

Graduate student showing his diploma.


Graduates of our program have gone on to work in places such as:

  • Wolverine Trading
  • The Texas Department of Health Services
  • Teaching positions at universities
  • Scott & White Hospital
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Graduate School Opportunities

Previous program graduates have completed Masters and Doctoral programs at institutions such as:

  • Duke
  • Purdue
  • Rice
  • Texas A&M
  • University of Texas
  • Baylor
  • MIT
  • Stanford
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Career Services

Career Services offers a variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Career counseling and My Plan
  • Handshake
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume assistance
  • Texan Shadow

And many more!

Program Objectives

Our department strives to emphasize the personal bond between students and faculty. Through personalized counseling, we strongly encourage our students to identify their preferences by choosing a track that will prepare them for both professional and academic challenges. Tarleton's faculty members are dedicated to meet the needs of all students, and will be consistent in making every effort to be responsive and progressive.

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
PHYS 1403 Stars and Galaxies
PHYS 3332 Electromagnetic Field Theory
PHYS 3350 Medical Physics I
PHYS 4303 Astronomy and Astrophysics 
PHYS 4330 Mathematical Methods for Physicists and Engineers
PHYS 4337 Nuclear Physics and Techniques
MATH 3306 Differential Equations
MATH 3332 Linear Algebra

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Facilities and Features

Dr. Marble in the Accelerator Facility

Accelerator Facility

This facility is specific to our program, and serves as a means of research for students; it is also one of only six undergraduate tandem facilities in the United States. Some of our previous students have been selected for summer Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) programs at institutions such as:

  • California Institute of Technology 
  • University of North Texas
  • Texas Christian University 

Dr. Marble's accelerator group performs a wide range of research over topics such as basic ion-atom collision and the use of nuclear techniques for analyzing electronics. 

Telescope observatory


Our Astronomy Education and Research program at Tarleton provide students with the opportunity to complete significant astronomical research using a state-of-the-art 32" telescope. The Tarleton State University observatory is located on Hunewell Ranch, which is East of Stephenville. It features a Ritchey-Chretien reflecting telescope that was designed by Astronomical Consultants and Equipment of Tucson, AZ. The computer-controlled and high-resolution CCD imaging system ensures the accurate capture of images for both research or projection.

Students smiling for the camera.

Society of Physics Students

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a national organization that gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, meet like-minded peers, and expand their knowledge of physics and related subjects. The Tarleton State University SPS chapter has been recognized for excellence on several occasions, and includes Sigma Pi Sigma, which is a National Physics Honor Society chapter that honors students who achieve academic distinction through their coursework. 

Electron Microscopy Lab

Electron Microscopy Lab

This lab is a multi-user, interdisciplinary facility that supports student and faculty research across the Tarleton campus. The lab's equipment includes a computer-controlled JEOL scanning electron microscope (SEM) with a 3.5 nanometer resolution. Researchers can combine lab capabilities with additional analysis tools or at the Texas A&M Agricultural Extension Center, including:

  • Particle induced x-ray emission
  • X-ray fluorescence
  • Rutherford backscattering spectrometry
  • Atomic absorption spectroscopy
  • Nuclear reaction analysis

And many more.

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The Planetarium is an integral part of the Lamar Johnson Science Building, which opened in April 2001. It features:

  • A Digistar II digital starfield projector
  • 18 photographic slide projectors
  • 2 video projectors
  • Surround sound under a 40' (12.192m) dome
  • A 56-seat theatre 

This facility is truly a wondrous environment in which to explore the wonders of the universe.