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New Mexico State University
Department of Physics
College of Arts & Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Physics

Physicists study the basic principles and laws that govern the natural world. We engage in scientific and technological challenges, perform cutting-edge research, and discover new properties and conditions of space, time, energy, force and matter!

Our graduates compete for and achieve jobs as researchers, professors, and subject matter experts in the high-tech world of discovery and development.

The Department of Physics offers degrees both in Physics and Engineering Physics, and exciting opportunities including research at world-class facilities such as US national laboratories and abroad.

At New Mexico State University, You have options to earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Physics, and a Master of Science or Doctoral degree in Physics. The Department of Physics is also home to the Engineering Physics program where you can earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics.


Giving Tuesday, 11.27.2018

What is #GivingTuesday?

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 #GivingTuesday is November 27, 2018, and is a global day of giving that happens every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday. For the fourth year in a row, the NMSU Foundation will localize #GivingTuesday to the NMSU system and its students, rallying community support across our five campuses and online. We need all NMSU alumni and friends - not only around the state, but also across the country and the world - to help us make a difference for our students in New Mexico.

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Featured Scholarships:

Physics Department (General)

Engineering Physics Current Use Scholarship

Ernest Lynn Cleveland Scholarship


Our Mission

The mission of the Physics program at New Mexico State University is to offer a degree preparing our graduating students for careers in a variety of scientific and technical areas as well as for graduate study in physics and related fields.

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Program Educational Objectives of the Physics Program at New Mexico State University

Educational Objective 1: Competitiveness

Graduates are competitive in internationally-recognized academic, government and industrial environments.

Educational Objective 2: Adaptability

Graduates exhibit success in solving complex technical problems in a broad range of disciplines.

Educational Objective 3: Teamwork and Leadership

Graduates have a proven ability to function as part of and/or lead interdisciplinary teams.

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Physics Program Outcomes

The Department of Physics expects our graduates to acheive program outcomes necessary for becoming subject matter experts.

a. Scientific Expertise: an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and applied sciences.

b. Experimental Training: an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

c. Design Abilities: an ability to design a system, component, or process or program to meet desired needs.

d. Teamwork: an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.

e. Problem Solving: an ability to identify, formulate, and solve applied science problems.

f. Professional Responsibility: an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

g. Communication Skills: an ability to communicate effectively.

h. Societal Impact: the broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context.

i. Life-long Learning: a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

j. Contemporary Issues: a knowledge of contemporary issues.

k. Technical Know-How: an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice.