The Physics Department at Lamar University provides opportunities for students attending Lamar to acquire experience and opportunity to explore a career in Physics or a Physics-related profession. Physics majors have opportunities to explore and specialized in research opportunities with the option of joining the SPS Lamar Chapter affiliated with the American Physical Society.

Official Statement

Statement from the Chair of Physics, Prof. Philip Cole

Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences. Indeed, one can say, everything derives from Physics.  All physical principles and the very laws of the universe stem from Physics: ranging from the whispering of gravitational waves resulting from the cataclysmic merging of two black holes a billion years ago, to how the sun shines so brightly and why it will continue to do so for another 4 billion years, to the forces that bind together the atoms that make up the transistors in this computer, to the interactions of electromagnetic radiation with this screen monitor and your eye, which enables you to read these very words.  Physics is all about the infinitesimally small to the infinitely big. Therefore, having a solid background in Physics will serve you well in succeeding in other STEM fields, such as astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and all aspects of engineering.  

The study of physics is subdivided into several basic areas of study, including Newtonian (classical and celestial) mechanics, statistical physics and thermodynamics, electricity & magnetism, quantum mechanics, optics and photonics, solid-state physics, nuclear physics, particle physics, and Einstein’s general relativity.    The study of physics offers a vast multitude of opportunities. A good foundation in physics will prepare a student for specializing in any number of areas of research, as well as provide for an excellent background upon entering such wide-ranging fields as electrical engineering, computer science, astronomy, nuclear engineering, unconventional energy sources, imaging, biology, mathematics, communications, meteorology, oceanography, law, medicine, and teaching.   And most importantly, physics is fun!

The emphasis of the Lamar University physics program is on quality instruction at the undergraduate level.  We strongly focus on face-to-face classroom instruction and encourage one-to-one interactions, with a personalized approach.  Undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to participate in research activities directed by faculty mentors. We have a very solid track record. The program of study in physics is one of the most flexible in the university. It offers many options and electives that make it possible to get a good foundation in physics as well as the necessary background to go into many other fields. The undergraduate degree offered is the Bachelor of Science.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.   I look forward to hearing from you.

NSF Award for Studying Nucleons

LU Physicist Receives NSF Grant for Studying Nucleons

Dr. Philip Cole (Chair of the Physics Department at Lamar University) has been awarded a $225,000 grant by the NSF (National Science Foundation) to study the fundamental structure of Nucleons. The three-year grant is titled, "Probing the Structure of Nucleons in Omega Meson Electroproduction". This grant provides funding for undergraduate students to work at two nuclear physics laboratories, Jefferson Lab in Newport News, VA, and the BGO-OD experiment at the University of Bonn, Germany.




Image: CLAS 12 Detector at Jefferson Lab in Newport News, Virginia.

Read more about the Grant and the research proposal by Dr. Cole in the following link:



Images from Dr. Kip Thorne's Lecture

The Kip S Thorne Lecture from 16 October 2018 took place at the University Theater packed with University students, staff, and faculty along with members of the general public to maximum capacity. An additional location was added to accommodate the extra crowds in order to watch the lecture via live video feed.

One can view the various images taken of Dr. Thorne Lecture.

Images of Dr. Thorne's Lecture

Acknowledgment and Credit: Frank Q Sun 

We thank Mr. Sun for providing the wonderful set of images taken during the lecture.


Join the Physics Department

Physics Team

Join the Physics Team here at Lamar and get an opportunity to know each of our great Facility, Staff, and Physics Majors. We are centered at the Archer Building.

  • Learn more about our Specialized Laboratories.
  • Opportunities to do Research and Attend Conferences/Workshops.
  • Participate in Seminars, Activities, and the Physics Colloquia.
  • Become a Physics major, get a Double major involving Physics, or a minor in Physics.
  • Join the SPS (Society of Physics Students) Lamar Chapter.
  • Nights of Astronomy at Lamar!



Opportunities in Physics

Explore a Career in Physics

The opportunities for a Career in Physics or Physics-related are academic, industrial, or working for research institutions both private or national laboratories. Explore the possibilities!

American Physical Society

American Association of Physics Teachers

Updates in Physics and Astronomy

News in Physics and Astronomy
Becoming self-informed about the latest trends and breakthroughs in fields of Physics and Astronomy is essential to stay on top of becoming a great Physicist when it comes to teaching, research, or promoting Science funding.

News in Physics & Astronomy: