This website contains information related to the academic programs offered, a brief description of the research performed, faculty and staff, and other useful links. We are committed to your success. That's why we offer diverse research opportunities to foster your education in one of the fastest-growing research universities in the country. At UTSA you will have access to strong research programs, state-of-the-art resources, and competitive financial support. In addition, the Department of Physics & Astronomy hosts one of the world's most powerful electron microscopes - the first of its kind outside of Japan - which displays images as small as one atom.



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Our department offers numerous research opportunities broadly divided into the following areas:

Centers & Institutes

Curtis Vaughn Jr Observatory

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First Friday Stargazing

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Friday Nights Celestial Lights

Third Friday of the Month  » see details


news image UTSA welcomed as a new member institution of The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) » read more
news image Physics junior Aldo Sepulveda awarded the distinguished Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship » read more
news image Dr. Marcelo Marucho awarded $1.5 million from the NIH to continue research on cytoskeleton's actin filaments and microtubules » read more
news image Dr. Elizabeth Sooby Wood studies safer fuels for nuclear power » read more
news image Drs. Arturo Ayón, Miguel José Yacamán, and Arturo Ponce-Pedraza recognized as Recipients of Issued Intellectual Property at UTSA’s 2018 Innovation Awards » read more
news image Dr. Elizabeth Sooby Wood is leading an $800,000 Department of Energy NEUP project in collaboration with Dr. Kurt Terrani at Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at UTSA invites applications for the following:

  • Computer Laboratory Systems Information Services Manager

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at UTSA hosts seminars given by guest speakers from around the world. Click here to see the seminar schedule.


Who’s Hiring Physics Bachelors?

Click here to see the 2019 AIP data.