Texas A&M University Physics & Astronomy

Mitchell Physics Building 4242 TAMU, College Station, Texas 77843-4242, United States of America

About

Texas A&M University is an internationally-recognized research university.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy contains world-leading research institutes covering Atomic and Molecular Optics, Astronomy, Condensed Matter Physics, High-energy physics These institutes and the department are committed to the financial support for graduate students in the form of fellowships and teaching assistantships.

There are interdisciplinary research connections within other colleges at the University. Bryan/College Station (B/CS) is a rapidly-growing city, containing a vibrant entertainment scene.

Given the stipends received and the cost of housing, the cost of living in the area is ideal for graduate students. B/CS is also near very large metropolitan areas such as Houston and Austin. The weather is warm and tropical throughout the year, with very few days below freezing per year. There are many outdoor and recreational activities nearby, including Sam Houston National Forest and Balcones national wildlife refuge.

Students are able to enjoy a high quality of life while pursuing their degree.

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Program Requirements

Bachelor's degree requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Physics is generally required for admission to the graduate programs in Physics. For students with a Bachelor's degree in a related field, undergraduate leveling may be required.
GRE Requirements: Not Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

The Texas A&M Department of Physics and Astronomy is a lively and active environment. The Faculty are engaged in a wide range of research and education activities, and regularly interact with students. The department contains internationally recognized institutes which undertake a broad scope of research activities, including the Cyclotron Institute, the Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy, and the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering.

The department is very focused on creating a diverse and inclusive environment. Faculty, students, and staff work together on the diversity and inclusion committee to improve the educational experience for all students. Graduate students have founded several student-run organizations, including the Society for Under-represented in Physics & Astronomy (SUPA), Mentoring and Advising Graduates in an Inclusive Community (MAGIC), and the Graduate Student Association (GSA).

The department sponsors regular outreach events, including star parties, participation in First Fridays in nearby downtown Bryan, Astronomy on Tap, "Liquid Physics” social hours, and the annual Physics & Astronomy festival. Students also participate in the Discover, Explore, and Enjoy Physics and Engineering (DEEP) program, in which they work year-round to design and build demos, mentor a team of undergrads, and present demos to kids from visiting schools.

Social activities in the department include afternoon tea, happy hours, picnics, and holiday parties. There are regular colloquium and seminars which students attend, which are preceded by a social period with coffee and cookies.