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2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Physics and Astronomy


Nural Akchurin, Ph.D., Chairperson

Horn Professor: Estreicher
Bucy Professor: Wigmans
Professors: Akchurin, Duncan, Huang, Maccarone, Myles, Owen
Associate Professors: Gibson, Glab, Grave de Peralta, Kaye, Kunori, Lamp, Lee, Sanati, Thacker, Volobouev
Assistant Professors: Corsi, Sand
Research Professor: Lodhi
Adjunct Faculty: Cheng, Holtz, Lichti, Sill
Joint Faculty: Blawzdziewicz, Hussain, Pal, Poirier, Quitevis

CONTACT INFORMATION: 101 Science Building, Box 41051, Lubbock, TX 79409-1051, T 806.742.3767, F 806.742.1182,

About the Department

This department supervises the following degree programs:

The department also supervises an applied physics option leading to the Ph.D. degree. This interdisciplinary option affords flexibility in coursework and area of research concentration. An M.S. degree involving industry internships is available.

Undergraduate Program

The Bachelor of Science in Physics degree can be taken in any of three areas of concentration and requires 120 hours of credit. These concentrations allow students to tailor their studies towards their particular career goals. Please refer to the sample course schedules in this section for details about each concentration. Physics majors should declare a concentration by the beginning of their junior year.

Majors in this department are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in physics courses and required adjunct courses and receive a C or better in each of these courses. Students also have a variety of university and College of Arts & Sciences requirements that must be met. Credit for any transferred physics hours will be handled on an individual basis with the department’s undergraduate advisor. Internal transfer students must have an overall grade point average of at least 2.5 in order to transfer to physics.

Students are strongly encouraged to devote time to undergraduate research. Research areas in the department include atomic, molecular, and optical physics; condensed matter physics; nuclear physics; physics education; particle physics; astronomy; and biophysics. The Bachelor of Science in Physics curricula are designed around the assumption that physics students will minor in mathematics. However, a variety of other minors complement a major in physics.

Students are encouraged to participate in the Society of Physics Students, which sponsors several academic and social activities.

The Sigma Pi Sigma Chapter of Texas Tech University was chartered in 1954. Sigma Pi Sigma exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics, to encourage interest in physics among students at all levels, to promote an attitude of service, and to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics. Election is a lifelong membership and includes a one-year complimentary membership in the Society of Physics Students (SPS). Sigma Pi Sigma is an organization of the American Institute of Physics and the Association of College Honor Societies. Founded in 1921, there are more than 90,000 historical members.

Minors for Physics Majors. A broad variety of minor subjects may be elected by a student majoring in physics. These include mathematics, biochemistry, physical chemistry, geophysics, computer science, business, and electrical engineering. A frequent minor choice for physics majors is mathematics because the requirements are automatically satisfied by the sequence of math courses required for a physics major. Students contemplating minors outside the College of Arts and Sciences should seek the advice of the physics undergraduate advisor before beginning that minor.

Graduate Program

For information on graduate programs offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, visit the Graduate Programs  section of the catalog.

Undergraduate Program Offerings, Course Descriptions & Curricular Tables

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