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You learn physics by DOING physics.  From the first-year Workshop Physics to the Advanced Research Experience, you will explore the exciting fields of physics, astronomy, and engineering with our fun, hands-on learning approaches. You will develop critical technical and leadership skills to become sought-after scientists and engineers for the 21st century. 

Student Research

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Are Delta Scuti Stars Different

Are Delta Scuti Stars Different if they are in Algol-type binaries?

Brett Skinner  

Synthesis and Characterization of Thin Films

Synthesis and Characterization of Thin Films

Nereida Martinez, Paola Torres, Kylee Shanks 

The Spectral Type of Algol C

The Spectral Type of Algol C

Megan Frank & Jessica Junginger 

Engineering Design: The Pro Scoop and Flux Spigot

Engineering Design: The Pro Scoop and Flux Spigot

Deedee Jansen, Mark Leonard, Diego Sanchez, Brant Stuber, Trey Adams, & Seth Kerstetter 

Finish in Four*

with the skills to launch your career 

Being a great scientist

or engineer isn’t only about skills in the lab! Your four-year academic experience will strengthen and refine your skills in communication, critical thinking, and collaboration. Upon graduation with a major in physics, you will be prepared to: 

  • clearly communicate in oral, written and electronic formats to scientists, engineers, and the public at large; 
  • demonstrate problem solving, critical thinking and analytical reasoning in your future career; and 
  • pursue independent research at a world-class level.  

Explore our Graduate Outcomes to learn more about what our graduates are doing today. 

Program Highlights

Adams Observatory

All thoughtful and scientifically trained people are called to lead at some point in their lives. The STAR Leadership program works to ensure that graduates are not only well prepared to work in STEM fields but are also empowered to lead in their careers and communities.

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Adams Observatory

Astronomy in the 21st Century

At Austin College’s Adams Observatory, you will gain “out-of-this-world” research experience using cutting-edge astronomical equipment.  You will make new discoveries and learn techniques used at professional observatories around the globe.

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Meet our Faculty

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Popular Courses

  • Workshop Physics: Physics for Scientists and Engineers 
  • Discovering the Cosmos 
  • Global Climate and Extreme Weather 
  • Statics and Engineering Design 
  • Advanced Instrumentation and Robotics