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The University of New Mexico offers you educational opportunities at one of the leading universities in the Southwest. Albuquerque has an emphasis on developing and attracting high technology companies, yet it remains a multicultural mecca -- proud of its Hispanic, Native American, and Anglo roots -- committed to bringing art into the lives of its citizens. Large enough to be metropolitan, small enough to maintain a sense of community, Albuquerque's location at the southern edge of the Rocky Mountains provides an ideal climate where you can live and learn.

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About the Undergraduate Program

Physics and astronomy students find that their experiences combine the best possible aspects of college life. In addition to a beautiful campus with an abundance of sports and cultural events, there are nearby hiking, cycling, and skiing facilities. There are also career opportunities at all degree levels! Local employers include the research laboratories at Sandia, Los Alamos, and Kirtland Air Force Base, and numerous high-tech companies. The Department of Physics and Astronomy being of moderate size, our faculty and staff share a commitment to giving you the personalized attention, the knowledge, and the skills you need for your future.

The Department offers three degree programs to meet a range of student career goals.

  • The BS in Physics is intended for students who seek a research career in physics.
    • You have the option to add a concentration in this degree: the Biophysics Concentration, the Optics Concentration, or the Earth and Planetary Sciences Concentration, reflecting some of the research strengths of the department and important industries in New Mexico.
  • The BS in Astrophysics prepares students for a research career in that field.
  • Finally, the BA in Physics and Astrophysics is intended for students who wish to pursue non-research careers related to these fields, such as teaching, informal education (museums and planetaria), patent law, and other possibilities.

All of our majors meet at least once a semester with an advisor, who is also a faculty member, to ensure that everything is on track and that the future is well planned for.

Over half of our majors get involved in research during their time here, and well-qualified students have a chance to graduate with Departmental Honors by carrying out a substantial and original research project.

These aspects of the program, and others, are described in more detail in subsequent webpages.