Physics Department

Cristian E. Botez, Ph.D.

Welcome to the Department of Physics at the University of Texas at El Paso! We are delighted you decided to visit our site. Within these pages, you will find a wealth of information about our academic programs, outstanding student opportunities, and award winning research. Our undergraduate program has significantly grown over the past few years. We offer several concentrations, including Medical, Applied, and Atmospheric Physics. Many of our Physics majors carry out undergraduate research under the direction of our faculty, and there are several opportunities for fellowships and scholarships. Moreover, for students who decide to apply to Medical or Dental School, joining our undergraduate program ensures an outstanding pre-med preparation: it is a fact that Physics majors score among the highest on the MCAT and DAT! Our dynamic graduate program leads to a M.S. degree in Physics. We enroll about 20 graduate students, who come to El Paso from all over the world. Research opportunities abound and include condensed matter / materials, atomic and molecular physics, nuclear theory and astrophysics. Most students complete the requirements for their M.S. degrees in two years and either find employment in industry or continue their graduate studies towards advanced degrees. In addition to our own M.S. program, Physics participates in three interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs: Materials Science and Engineering, Environmental Science and Engineering and Computational Science. Our faculty are internationally recognized researchers who constantly publish in top journals and secure substantial extramural funding in support of their research and instruction activities. The department has outstanding research facilities in both experimental and theoretical Physics, including laboratories equipped with multi-million dollar equipment that allows in-situ x-ray scattering, optical microscopy and spectroscopy, magnetic, and two-photon microscopy studies. In addition, many of our faculty have strong ties, and actively participate together with their students in interdisciplinary research carried out at National Laboratories.

I invite you to further explore our website, contact us and, even better, visit us on campus. We would be delighted to meet with you and tell you more about our department.

Again, welcome to Physics!

Cristian E. Botez, Ph.D. 
Professor and Chair
Dr. C. Sharp Cook Chair in Physics