The Department of Physics is one of the original departments of UT Dallas since its beginning in 1961. The department grew from the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies, a research institute started by Texas Instruments (TI) scientists and engineers. Close ties to TI continue to this day as evidenced by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory, a 192,000-square-foot research facility designed in cooperation with TI.
Our faculty includes world-renowned experts in space science, cosmology, particle and high-energy physics, nanotechnology, materials science and more. Faculty members are affiliated with and conduct research at physics facilities worldwide, including the Large Hadron Collider.
Physics graduates from UT Dallas arrive at graduate school or in the work force prepared to work in the vast array of fields open to modern graduates with a background in physics. Nanotechnology and other contemporary and emerging disciplines are covered throughout the educational process, which ensures that our graduates are ready to excel in highly competitive, sophisticated science environments.
The University’s Career Center is an important resource for students pursuing their careers. Licensed counselors are available to provide strategies for mastering job interviews, writing professional cover letters and resumes and connecting with campus recruiters, among other services.
Physics students can minor in biology, and obtain either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Students take between 12 and 17 credit hours per semester.
Differences between BS and BA degrees:
The lower-division course requirements for the BA degree are the same as those for the BS degree. At the upper-division level, 26 hours of physics and 15 hours of science electives are required, for a total of 122 credit hours.
The Fast-Track Program enables exceptionally gifted undergraduate students to include master’s level courses in their undergraduate degree plans. When Fast-Track students graduate with a bachelor’s degree, they are automatically admitted to graduate school at UT Dallas. The hours required to complete the master’s degree is reduced by the number of Fast-Track graduate hours completed. A Fast-Track undergraduate who passed 12 hours of graduate coursework would have only 21 hours of graduate coursework left in order to complete a master’s degree.
High school students need an interest in science and an aptitude for physics, chemistry and mathematics. A background in these classes will help ensure success at the undergraduate level. Entering freshman need a minimum of three and a half years of math, including trigonometry, and three years of science beyond physical science.
UT Dallas’ School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics offers degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students in biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics and physics. In addition to regular coursework, undergraduates are encouraged to participate in research alongside the faculty and graduate students. From the world-renowned Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute, headed by Dr. Ray Baughman, to the William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences—where Dr. John Hoffman helped discover water on Mars—the science education at UT Dallas is a hands-on, high quality experience for undergraduates and graduate students alike.
The UTeach Dallas program offers students the possibility of completing the requirements for high school teacher certification along with their regular BS or BA degrees.
Bachelor of Science: Actuarial science, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, molecular biology, physics
Bachelor of Arts: Biology, chemistry, geosciences, physics
Master of Science: Applied physics, bioinformatics and computational biology, biology-molecular and cell, biotechnology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, physics
Master of Arts: Teaching in mathematics education, teaching in science education
Doctor of Philosophy: Biology-molecular and cell, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, physics
Postbaccalaureate certificate in biomedical science
Department of Physics
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Dr. Dennis L. Miller
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies