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Physics minor looking through microscope at University of St. Thomas in Houston, TexasHow did the universe begin? What is a black hole? Is time travel possible? If you want to understand the physical world around you, how everything works from atoms to supernovas, physics is the science that explains it all.  

Contribute to amazing advances in physics, from space exploration to nanotechnology, by learning the foundational principles of physics and applying them through hands-on research.

With a physics minor 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, TexasBoost your biology, chemistry, psychology or other major with a physics minor to gain an edge after graduation. With a physics minor, you can do just about anything you want to do: Get into medical, dental or grad school. Be a:

  • scientist
  • engineer
  • computer programmer
  • journalist

Physics is challenging. Prospective employers know that physics minors bring unique, high-level skills to the table.

Where Can Studying Physics 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:

  • 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.

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 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 minors 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.

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