The Department of Physics and Astronomy

Why Study Physics and Astronomy at UCA?

UCA provides a balanced program for students. We are large enough to provide a variety of opportunities. You can  work with faculty in physical acoustics, bio-physics, observational astronomy, astro-physics, physics education, computational physics, or general relativity. UCA is still small enough that the faculty get to know the students.

Over the last five years (2012-2016) 54 students have completed a BS in Physics at UCA. These degrees have been earned on one of five different tracks:

  1. Applied Physics (9)
  2. Biological Physics (11)
  3. Chemical Physics (4)
  4. Physical Science (4)
  5. Traditional Physics (26)

Many of these students have gone on to further study in graduate or professional programs. Here are some of the schools students have enrolled in for graduate work.

  • Texas A & M
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
  • Duke
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Arkansas
  • Boston University
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • University of Central Arkansas

These students are moving on to careers in

  • Astronomy
  • Physics Research
  • Medical Physics
  • Medical Doctor
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • University Faculty
  • High School Teacher
  • Industry (Sales and Research and Development)
  • Professional Writing

The BS degree in Physics prepares you to meet the challenges of the modern workplace. The new Engineering Physics track will also prepare you to step out of UCA and make an impact in today’s manufacturing community.

The focus of the faculty in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCA is educating undergraduate physics majors. Your success is our main goal.