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Tarleton State University
Department of Chemistry, Geoscience & Physics

Engineering Physics

The Engineering Physics program at Tarleton State University is one of only two ABET accredited programs in Texas and the largest. The program is an interdisciplinary engineering program that includes course work in electrical and computer engineering, material science, and physics. The program was developed in cooperation with industrial advisors to prepare graduates for either immediate employment as an engineer at the BS level or for graduate study in either physics or engineering. Past graduates have found employment as systems, mechanical, and electrical engineers at a wide variety of companies in Texas including Lockheed, Vought Aircraft, Halliburton, and Lumina. Other graduates have chosen to attend graduate school in Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Physics at MIT, Stanford, Rice and other fine institutions. Tarleton has recently setup a grid computing system and obtained a large microwave anechoic chamber from Lockheed Martin providing additional undergraduate research opportunities for engineering physics students.


Tarleton has one of the best equipped and most active undergraduate physics programs in the State of Texas with Tarleton hosting or co-hosting four State meetings since 2003. Tarleton is a founding member of the Texas Physics Consortium (TPC), a collection of eight physics programs across Texas that shares physics resources to offer a Joint BS Physics Degree. By sharing institutional resources, the TPC provides students with greater course offerings and frequency than traditionally available at undergraduate institutions and has enable the TPC to become the 2nd largest producer of BS Physics graduates in Texas. The physics program provides several different tracks under the Joint BS Degree that allow students to tailor the degree to their career interests including: 1) Nuclear Track - for students interested in advanced study in nuclear engineering or employment in the nuclear power industry; 2) Medical Physics - to prepare students for advanced study in medicine, dentistry, or medical physics; 3) Astronomy track; 4) Dual 8-12 Secondary Math/Physics Teaching Certification; 5) Dual 8-12 Secondary Chemistry/Physics Teaching Certification and 6) Classical Track - for students wishing to obtain a second BS degree in Math, Computer Science, or Chemistry. Tarleton's physics research facilities provide students with the chance to be involved in state of the art research that enhances the degree. Research facilities include one of only 6 undergraduate tandem accelerator facilities in the U.S., largest undergraduate robotic telescope facility in the U.S., and a state of the art JEOL electron microscope with 35 angstrom resolution. These facilities give Tarleton students an advantage in national competitions and admission into select graduate programs. Over the years, TSU students have obtained summer research appointments to LIGO/CALTECH, CAMD, NASA, DoD Labs, and other facilities while Tarleton physics graduates have gone on to advanced study in medicine, physics, or engineering at Princeton, Duke, UT, A&M, UT Southwestern, and other institutions.

Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineering originally developed as a graduate specialization out of either mechanical or civil engineering. Tarleton also offers one of only two ABET accredited undergraduate environmental engineering programs in Texas.Environmental engineers deal with a wide range of environmental issues including radioactive waste, solid waste, waste water treatment, water quality, and air pollution. A recent study commissioned by the Deans of Texas Engineering Colleges projects that environmental engineering will be among the fastest growing fields of employment over the next quarter century.

Nuclear Engineering Courses

Engineering and physics students have access to undergraduate nuclear engineering courses as part of a nuclear engineering certificate program from Texas A&M's Nuclear Engineering Department through Tarleton's association with NPI and the Texas Electronic Coalition for Physics (TECP). These courses can be taken by engineering students as additional course work to enhance the student's engineering degree. Physics majors can use these courses to fulfill part of the student's 26 hour support field or as part of the Physics with Nuclear Track Option.

Tarleton State University Tarleton State University is the 2nd oldest member of the Texas A&M University System and is located in Stephenville, Texas about 60 miles southwest of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex which is both a major area for aerospace development and the largest producer of semiconductor electronics in the U.S. Tarleton is also 30 miles southwest of Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant which presently has two operating reactors and the proposed site of two new ones.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Daniel K. Marble
Professor of Physics/ Director of the Texas Physics Consortium
Department of Chemistry, Geoscience & Physics
Tarleton State University
Box T-390
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9880
Fax (254) 968-9953