• Archer Building at Lamar University

    The Archer Building on the campus of Lamar University is home to the Physics Department. Visit our department on the first floor and meet the Staff, Faculty, and Physics majors.

  • Advanced Physics Lab at Lamar University

    The Advanced Physics Lab at Lamar University provides an opportunity for Physics majors to develop the skills and experience in developing advanced experiments and explore many areas of research.

  • Optics and Photonics Lab at Lamar University

    Students in Electrical Engineering and Physics majors perform experiments while engaging in research across in Optics and Optical mechanics in the Optical Mechanics lab here at Lamar University.

  • Physics majors doing research with Faculty

    See the latest one-on-one professional interactions between faculty and physics majors in a vast array of research areas in preparation for a future lifelong career in Physics or a Physics-related profession.

  • Kip Thorne Reception at Lamar University.

    University Reception in honor of Dr. Kip S Thorne as the distinguished speaker for the Lamar University lecture series. His talk was on Interstellar: The Science Behind the Movie.

  • Experimental Nuclear Physics experience in Germany.

    Ask Dr. Philip Cole our department Physics chair on Undergraduate Research opportunities in experimental nuclear Physics on the Rhine in Germany. See the flyer for more details.

  • Details on the URE for Nuclear Physics on the Rhine.

    See the details for URE opportunities in Experimental Nuclear Physics on the Rhine in Germany.

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.

Updates in the Department

LU Physicists meet with Rep. Randy Weber on Capitol Hill

Physics Major Alek Hutson and the Chair of the Physics Department  Philip Cole got to meet with our U.S. Representative Randy Weber (14th District of Texas) on March 11, 2019, to discuss the benefits and applications of Nuclear Physics.

Over 100 nuclear physicists from across the nation met with various members of Congress for Nuclear Physics in DC Day at Washington DC to speak about the importance of supporting the science budget.

Physicists to DC

Read more about the meeting with Rep. Weber in the following article:

LU Physicists Meet with Rep. Weber


Experimental Nuclear Physics on the Rhine -- Germany.

In coordination with the University of Bonn, the Lamar Physics Department will be holding a special four-week course on Particle Detection & Instrumentation in Bonn, Germany.   It is open to Electrical/Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics Majors, who have taken Physics 3350 (Modern Physics).   The cost includes lodging, travel (flight + train), and in-country insurance.  

Contact the Chair, Philip Cole, for further information.   See:  https://www.uni-bonn.de/studying/international-students/summer-and-winter-schools/bonn-summer-schools/copy2_of_bonn-summer-schools and click on Physics Institute.

The course will be conducted at the world-class accelerator at the Physics Institute of the University of Bonn.   You will even get to take real data with the particle-beam accelerator.

For more information on this special opportunity to open the door for a career in Physics (Click on one of the icons below):

Experimental Nuclear Physics on the RhineExperimental Nuclear Physics on the Rhine


Contact: Dr. Philip Cole (Physics Dept. Chair to learn more about this golden opportunity.)


New Jobs

Join the Physics Department

Advertisement for an Instructor in Physics at Lamar University.

Physics Instructor Position #499692

The Department of Physics at Lamar University (Texas State University System) invites applications for an Instructor Position in Physics. The position is available in September 2019 and can be renewed annually based on performance.  Salary is based on qualifications and experience. The position requires a minimum of an earned Master’s degree in Physics, with a PhD in Physics being preferred. 

 Candidates must have had experience teaching in Physics at the university/college level. Ideal candidates are expected to have a commitment to education at all levels, demonstrate excellence in English proficiency, and be capable of supervising undergraduate research. The successful candidate must have the ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds and will be expected to teach both lectures and labs for elementary and general (algebra-based and calculus-based) Physics courses. Opportunities will further exist for the candidate to teach junior/senior-level courses.  

 Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please visit the HR employment website at https://jobs.lamar.edu to apply.  Applicants should submit a cover letter, vitae, statement of teaching philosophy (3-page maximum), and contact information for three references.  Submit all required documents online with the application for position #499692.  If you have any questions, please contact the HR Office at (409) 880-8375 for assistance.

 This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.  Lamar University is a member of the Texas State University System and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.



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

Careers in Physics

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.

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