Stephen F. Austin

This 4-year Bachelor of Science Degree is designed for students seeking innovative careers in high-tech areas where multiple engineering disciplines merge. Graduates will be prepared to enter diverse areas such as mechanical controls, digital and analog electronics, instrumentation, robotics and manufacturing process control.

The Physics-Engineering Dual Degree Program provides an option through which students may spend three years at SFA before transferring. Students who complete the Dual Degree curriculum will receive a B.S. degree in physics from SFA and a B.S. degree in engineering from their chosen engineering school.

Students wishing to major in mechanical, electrical, civil, petroleum, chemical, or any of the many fields of engineering may take their first two years in pre-engineering at Stephen F. Austin State University and transfer to another university to complete their engineering degree requirements.

A minor in engineering requires a minimum of 18 hours of engineering courses. Students with majors in physics, mathematics, chemistry, geology, or computer science can include this minor to enhance their high-tech degree. All minor programs must be approved on the degree plan by the Chair of the Department.


STEM Building

The Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building is scheduled to be completed before the Fall of 2018 semester. This 86,736 square feet, $46.4 million facility will be a home to makerspaces and research labs that support areas of study in physics, engineering, astronomy, computer science, information technology, and other STEM fields.

The 84th Texas Legislature granted SFA approximately $46.4 million in tuition revenue bond funding for this new facility. Ed and his wife, the late Gwen Cole, have supported a number of SFA endeavors, including the Cole Art Center and the Cole Concert Hall.

Located across the street from the existing science facility, the new STEM building will house the Department of Physics, Engineering, and Astronomy, the Department of Computer Science, a new SFA planetarium with a 52-foot dome, and makerspaces, which are areas that allow students to collaborate and create prototypes or other manufactured works. The facility also will feature a machine shop, research laboratories, multipurpose labs, computer labs, collaborative classrooms and a terrace equipped with telescopes.

Department of Physics, Engineering, and Astronomy, P.O. Box 13044 SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3044 - Office: (936)468-3001
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