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The Department of Physics offers studies leading to the degree of Master of Science in Physics with experimental and/or theoretical physics research in Atmospheric Physics, Biophysics, Computational Physics, Material Science, Geophysics, Medical Physics, Nuclear and Physics Education, and Surface Physics. Through a cooperative program with the Geological Sciences Department, the Master of Science in Geophysics is offered. For details, students should contact the Graduate Advisor of the Physics Department.

General Departmental Requirements

The normal prerequisite to graduate studies in the Department of Physics is the bachelor's degree in Physics with a B average in Physics courses taken at the undergraduate level. The bachelor's degree coursework should include advanced undergraduate courses in Mechanics, Electromagnetics, Modern Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Thermal Physics, and advanced laboratory practice. Any deficiency must be removed before the petition is made for candidacy for the MS degree.


Master of Science


CHAIR: Dr. Cristian Botez


Cristian Botez
Contact Information:; 915-747-8040
Education: BS, University of Bucharest; MS, University of Missouri-Columbia; Ph D, University of Missouri-Columbia

Assistant Professors

Jose Banuelos
Contact Information:; 915-747-7535
Education: BS, New Mexico State University; Ph D, New Mexico State University; Postdoc, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Research Interests: Interested in the physicochemical properties of nanoscale fluid-solid interfaces in the areas of energy storage and conversion, natural resource management, environmental science, and nanomedicine. Interested in understanding the molecular-scale structural and dynamic properties of interfaces in nanostructured materials in order to help inform theoretical models, bring about predictive capabilities, and lead to transformative advances in the aforementioned science areas.

Ahmed El-Gendy
Contact Information:; 915-747-6382
Education: Ph D, Heidelberg University

Srinivasa Rao Singamaneni
Contact Information:; 915-747-5635
Education: Ph D, Indian Institute of Science; Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Leuven; National Research Council Research Associate, North Carolina State University

Jianwei Sun
Contact Information:; 915-747-8423
Education: Ph D, Tulane University

Postdoctoral Fellow

Luis Basurto
Contact Information:
Education: MS, University of Texas at El Paso

Research Assistant Professor

Huiyan Yang
Contact Information:; 915-747-7510
Education: Ph D, Princeton University

Visiting Assistant Professor

Harikrishnan Nair
Contact Information:; 715-747-7544
Education: Ph D, Indian institute of Science, India