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Prospective Students

IMG_0758 Are you interested in understanding why nature behaves the way it does? Are you fascinated by the stars, animals, plants, machines or any other system and want to know how it works? The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers courses and programs for anyone who has ever asked the question `why?’

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at TCU offers a variety of opportunities for students seeking either an undergraduate or graduate degree in Physics or Astronomy, for students in other programs that need courses to meet degree requirements, and for those students who want to develop a better understanding of the world around them.

Our small, supportive department consists of  10 full-time faculty that exemplify the teacher-scholar model. Faculty teach everything from freshman seminars to graduate courses on a wide variety of topics. Classes are typically small, allowing for frequent faculty-student interactions. Our tenure-track faculty maintain active research programs in astrophysics, biophysics, and molecular physics. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate in research and present or publish their results. Our faculty aim to gently guide even the most physics-phobic students to understand the analytical methods and critical thinking that underlie the field of physics. For students pursuing a physics degree, we offer rigorous coursework and abundant research opportunities to prepare students for a career in technical fields.

Please browse through our website to learn about our Undergraduate and Graduate degrees, our faculty, our history and the many programs we offer students. We encourage you to come visit our department.   You may contact us directly or visit us during a Monday at TCU visit.   We look forward to meeting you.

If you are interested in seeking admission to our department and to TCU, application procedures can be found here.

Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy and welcome to TCU!

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Dr. Darron Turner 
Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
TCU Box 297090
Jarvis Hall 228 
Fort Worth, TX 76129 
817/257-5557 
d.turner@tcu.edu