Physics is the science of matter, energy, and the interactions of forces that affect them. At Trinity, you will study the laws that govern the smallest subatomic particles to the largest of stars.  Our program offers rigorous courses rooted in the liberal arts that prepare students for a variety of paths after graduation. 

Students who minor in physics increase their understanding of the foundations of their primary major as well as adding valuable problem solving skills. Students completing the engineering major can add a the Physics Minor with only one additional course.

Fast Facts
  • Extensive labwork and hands-on instrument use in Trinity’s $127-million Center for the Sciences and Innovation.
  • Faculty work directly with students with no graduate student or teaching assistants as an intermediary.
  • All students develop writing and presentation skills, and can conduct and present research at national/regional conferences.
  • Students participate in research projects directly with faculty, often publishing their work in peer reviewed journals.
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What You'll Study

Rigorous coursework, hands-on laboratories


Making Waves

Our faculty blend cutting-edge research programs you’d expect to find at a larger school with the personal mentorship of a small, liberal arts university. And with no graduate students competing for faculty attention, our commitment to undergraduate achievement is paramount.

Jennifer Steele
Jennifer Steele, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Kwan Cheng
Kwan Cheng, Ph.D.
Williams Endowed Professor in Interdisciplinary Physics
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Ibrahima Diallo
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Laura Kelton
Visiting Assistant Professor
Nirav Mehta
Nirav Mehta, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
David Pooley
David Pooley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Orrin Shindell
Orrin Shindell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Niescja Turner
Niescja Turner, Ph.D.
Zilker Professor of Physics
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Dave Wood
Part-Time Faculty

Student Opportunities

Apply your skills in research, international study, and cutting-edge instrumentation


Semmes Scholarship

Trinity University selects two or three outstanding incoming first-year students to be Semmes Distinguished Scholars in Science...

Research Opportunities

Trinity students research computational and experimental biophysics, cellular membrane dynamics, theoretical quantum mechanics, nanotechnology...

Study Abroad

More than 45 percent of Trinity students study abroad.

Physics students have ventured as far as Scotland or Australia for their study abroad...


Through the Society of Physics Students, students often volunteer with local science fairs, major fairs, and STEM Fests.

Spaces and Facilities

The $127-million Center for the Sciences and Innovation provides 280,000 square feet of cutting-edge lab and classroom space, including electronics...

Student Organizations

Trinity houses an active chapter of the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma and is active in TWIST (Trinity Women in Science and Technology...

When You Graduate

Lifelong momentum

Armed with strong critical thinking skills, research experience, and an interdisciplinary background, Tigers become lifelong learners and leaders in diverse areas such as physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering, law, and urban planning.


Tigers with backgrounds in physics have excelled at positions in teaching, academia, finance, industrial positions, and beyond. While graduates’ technical abilities get them in the door, their writing experience and interdisciplinary skills give them an edge for promotions.

Graduate Schools or Programs:

  • Astrophysics
  • Cornell University
  • Material Physics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Optical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Rice University
  • Stanford University


    Career Areas:

    • Finance
    • Industrial Physics
    • Law
    • Research
    • Teaching

    Notable Companies who have Hired Trinity Graduates:

    • BJN Technologies
    • Capgemini
    • Google
    • H-E-B
    • IBM
    • Rackspace
    • Research and teaching positions at schools and universities
    • Southwest Research Institute


    Take the next step

    Have more questions or want more information? Learn more about becoming a Tiger, and how you can accelerate what’s next for your education.