Students in Physics superconducter lab at University of St. Thomas in Houston, TexasHow did the universe begin? What is a black hole? How can we solve real-world problems with creative and practical solutions? If you want to understand the physical world and devise new solutions in physics and engineering, these fields of science explain it all.  

Engineers are creators and inventors who solve complex, real-world problems using science and math. For every building constructed and new technology invented, an engineer has left their mark. Will you be next?

Contribute to amazing advances in physics and engineering, from space exploration to nanotechnology, by learning the foundational principles of physics and engineering and applying them through hands-on research. With a physics or engineering degree and fluency in math, the language of science, you’ll graduate with an edge over other job-seekers and applicants to medical, dental and grad school. 


Physics minor works with laser at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TexasMajoring in Physics or Engineering will give you a big edge after graduation. With a degree in Physics or Engineering, you can do just about anything you want to do: Get into industry, or grad, medical or dental school.

Choosing UST’s Engineering program opens up a future of excellent job opportunities. UST is located at the epicenter of the job market for engineers. Not only does Texas boast the #1 average median salary for STEM careers, Houston, the energy capital of the world, is the #2 job market for engineers in the United States, according to Forbes Magazine.

Many employers value the combination of the unique problem-solving approach of physics and knowledge in engineering core subjects. Be a:

  • Scientist
  • Engineer
  • Computer software or hardware developer
  • Patent lawyer
  • Journalist

Physics and engineering are challenging. Prospective employers know that physics and engineering majors bring unique, high-level skills to the table.

Learn more about our Pre-Engineering program.

Where Can Studying Physics Take Me? Where Can Studying Engineering Take Me?

Students conducting physics research in lab - University of St. Thomas - HoustonAt UST, you’ll conduct research with professors – not teaching assistants – in many exciting areas of physics and engineering:

  • Nanoscience – Research the use of nanoparticles in biomedical applications, such as eradicating cancer cells. 
  • Computer Modeling – Study the movement of atoms and molecules and learn a programming language in the process.
  • Dynamics – Discover why things move the way they move, including what keeps an object in orbit stable rather than tumbling.
  • 3D Printing and Engineering Design – Learn how cutting-edge technology and applied science can be used to tackle real-world problems.

University of St. Thomas - Houston physics minor paraglides in Germany during study abroad tripStudy in Germany in a prestigious 10-week research program funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). While most participants in this highly selective program come from large, world-renowned universities, UST’s partnership provides a pathway for our students to experience this unique opportunity.

Alumna Elizabeth Maccato, biology major and physics minor, conducted nanoparticle research while studying abroad through the DAAD in Germany. She enjoyed many adventures in her free time, including paragliding near Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.

Women in Science Shine at UST
  • About half the students in UST physics classes are women, remarkable among universities.
  • Half the UST physics and engineering faculty members are women, serving as strong role models for women in physics careers.
  • Studying and working alongside other women helps you visualize your own success, making you more competitive as a woman in science.

50% of physics minors at the University of St. Thomas - Houston are women

Physics students at UST who are women.

Nataly Rosales, Applied Mathematics Major and Physics Minor at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas

There’s no gender gap in my physics classes. I think because of this I’ve become a more confident, active student, and I work harder.

Nataly Rosales Senior Applied Mathematics Major, Physics Minor


Physics minor conducts research in the lab at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TexasDid you know that the cosmologist who in 1931 published the Big Bang theory – accepted by almost all astronomers today – was a Catholic priest? Georges Lemaître suggested that faith is more complex than science, and there is no conflict between them.

At the University of St. Thomas, we’ll support you in harmonizing faith with reason.

Science and religion are not at odds, and you’re welcome to discuss theology in physics and engineering classes if you wish.

Prepare for Success in a Health ProfessionIf you want to become a doctor, dentist or other health professional, a Pre-Health Professions Track will ensure you meet every requirement for any Texas medical or dental school application. You’ll work with a dedicated Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) advisor to plan your roadmap to a health professions school. HPAC resources include:

  • Medical & dental school application workshops
  • Personal statement writing 
  • Mock interviews
  • Mock MCAT/DAT

Apply with your stamp of approval in hand. HPAC will write a composite evaluation letter for medical and dental schools, taking into account several letters of evaluation from professors, CV/résumé, grades, test scores and applicant interview questions to give you a collective recommendation.