A physics degree is a passport into a broad range of science, engineering, and technology careers. These options vary by degree level. Statistical data collected by the American Institute of Physics offers a detailed look at the physicist employment at all degree levels. Please see:

Many people think that the most common career for a physics major is a physics professor, but the statistics show a different story. In reality, about one out of six physics bachelor’s degree recipients in the United States earn a physics or astronomy PhD, and only about 30% of those that do work in academia. The others have fulfilling careers in the private sector, in government agencies or national laboratories, and in other sectors. (Source:

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We offer the following degrees:

A cooperative Ph.D. program in Physics is offered in cooperation with UT Arlington. In this program, students enrolled in the UT Arlington (UTA) Cooperative PhD Physics program now have the option to reside at UTRGV and conduct their research under the direction of a graduate faculty member of the Physics department. All requirements for the program including graduation requirements are the same as those established for the UTA PhD Physics program.

Financial support is available to qualified undergraduate and graduate students. Graduate students can expect to receive a stipend along with coverage of tuition. Undergraduate students can apply to the ARCC scholars program. The amount of financial support depends on merit and financial need and may be linked to teaching and other duties.

You are encouraged to contact the program committee chairs listed below for further information:

Undergraduate program:
Dr. Nicholas Dimakis

Graduate programs:
Dr. Malik Rakhmanov