Professionals may teach, conduct researches, or work in technology companies

Campuses promote the future professional's contact with the classroom environment, besides encouraging the development of researches

Physics is one of the oldest disciplines. It studies matter and energy, their nature, and the way they interact. Its development will directly affect the advance of technology. For instance, electromagnetism made possible several technologies that have great influence in our modern society: electricity, house appliances, telecommunications, and computer science.

Even though this area is associated with the development of new technological processes, physicists work mostly as teachers or researchers in Brazil. Anyhow, they may also work in industry, improving technological materials, products, and processes. In the financial market, they may develop mathematical models to analyze the stock exchange fluctuations.

The major is offered at UNESP in five campuses. The goal of the Teaching Program is to educate Physics teachers for elementary and high school levels, while a Bachelor's degree focuses on basic and technological research training in several areas of Physics.

In Bauru, the two types of degree are offered: the Teaching Program degree in Physics and the Bachelor's degree in Physics of Materials. Students are supposed to choose between these options by the end of the first year. They may choose one or both degrees. The activities related to the Teaching Program are carried out at night, and those related to the Bachelor's degree are offered at night and in the afternoon.

In the Teaching Program, Students are encouraged to carry out research regarding physics teaching methods and to enroll in study groups, scientific events, side projects in the public school system, and scientific initiation projects. The Bachelor's degree will educate professionals capable of working in many areas, as well as qualifying them to carry out experimental and theoretical researches related to materials science and nanotechnology. The campus has ten research labs and several recently opened teaching labs.

The campus located in Guaratinguetá also offers two types of degrees, the Teaching Program degree and the Bachelor's degree. The former will try to use classroom activities to make students get in touch with their future reality as teachers. Also, they will get involved with scientific initiation projects, internships, and side projects related to Physics teaching. The later, on the other hand, will make students get in touch with research activities through groups dedicated to it.

At the campus located in Ilha Solteira, the main goal of the Teaching Program is to qualify professionals that have a good general education in Physics to work as elementary and high school teachers. The campus has many Physics and Computer Science teaching labs in order to make possible for the Teaching Program appliers to enroll in projects developed alongside public schools of the region.

In Presidente Prudente, the Teaching Program appliers take part in research groups and activities related to teaching. The Science Center of the campus receives elementary and high school students, and the Modern Physics Teaching Center allows students and teachers to get together and evaluate how physics concepts are being taught. The research labs have state-of-the-art pieces of equipment.

In Rio Claro, students have both options of degree, and may choose to take classes either in the morning and in the afternoon or at night. The campus has seven teaching labs. The Teaching Program may take part in the Eureka Project and the Science Playroom, where they promote physics teaching for the community. Students enrolled in the Bachelor’s degree program, on the other hand, take part in research internships.

The campus located in São José do Rio Preto offers two options of degree: a Bachelor's degree in Biological Physics and, since the year 2012, also a Teaching Program degree in Physics. Students may chose after the year of the major. Students have the option to acquire complementary education and get the other degree after graduating.

The Teaching Program will educate the physicist that is able to educate, that is able to teach classes for high school students, as well as to work as a physics instructor in scientific museums, science centers, etc.

The Bachelor’s program will qualify students to become researchers in physics in general and biological physics in particular.

Biological physics uses models in order to study the complex net of interactions between live organisms, as well as trying to improve concepts related to those elements that determine the organization of microscopic structures into macrostructures. The professional of this area, therefore, investigates problems that have to do with the mechanisms of action of biological molecules, such as proteins, nucleic acids, carbs, and lipids, as well as their relation with the environment.

Because they study those processes that rule live systems, the physicist have to work with areas such as kinetic theory, hydrodynamic, nonlinear dynamics, biopolymers, molecular function, biomechanics, and biophysics. This professional may be described as a physicist prepared to work in the intersection between Physics and Biology.

This field has gained a major boost as research related to the mapping of several animals' genome and their relation with physical features advanced. Theoretically, this sort of information might become a turning point for the means of production.

This professional has to master math, statistics, computer science, and other disciplines. They must have a multidisciplinary education that will allow them to solve problems faster, by considering the matter from many points of view. The Bachelor's degree applier will be given information on the biological system, so they may not only get in touch with well-known theories, but also apply their knowledge in order to build new models that might help explain how the organism of living being work. From the very beginning, classes about basic physics concepts are associated with multidisciplinary contents, such as computer science, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular biology, structural biology, and bioinformatics.

This professional often teams up with biologists, biochemists, agronomist, physicians, computer science professions, and many others. They may become academics, in order to work with teaching and scientific researches, and in this case, a master's degree or a doctorate degree might be necessary. They may also work as researchers in biotechnology and biophysics for companies in the area.

In São José do Rio Preto, students will be given profound knowledge on physics, which will allow them to pursue further studies in a post-graduation course. The major has a highly qualified faculty, a national reputation for its excellence, and a set of labs that are top of the line. For both types of degrees, it's mandatory to present a senior's project, which will encourage students to get engaged, from the second year on, in scientific initiation projects. Under the supervision of a professor, these projects will put the undergraduates in touch with research practice and graduation students, which might stimulate them to enroll in a post-graduation course.

Where to study - Cities

Campus Period No. of Seats Duration
Bauru Evening and Night 60 (Bachelor's degree/Teaching Program) 4 years
Guaratinguetá Evening 60 (Bachelor's degree/Teaching Program) 5 (Bachelor's degree) 4 (Teaching Program) years
Ilha Solteira Evening 30 (Teaching Program) 4 years
Presidente Prudente Evening 30 (Teaching Program) 4 years
Rio Claro Evening 40 (Bachelor's degree/Teaching Program) 4 years
São José do Rio Preto Evening 50 (Bachelor's degree/Teaching Program) 4 years

1- Bachelor's degree in Physics of Materials
2 - Bachelor's degree in Biological Physics and Teaching Program degree in Physics


Faculdade de Ciências - FC
Av. Eng. Luiz Edmundo Carrijo Coube, 1401
Bauru - SP - CEP 17033-360
Phone:(55) 14 3103-6000
Fax:(55) 14 3103-6071


Faculdade de Engenharia - FE
Av. Ariberto Pereira da Cunha, 333 - Pedregulho
CEP 12516-410 - Guaratinguetá, SP
Phone: (12) 3123-2800
Fax: (12) 3123-2868
PABX: (12) 3123-2800

Ilha Solteira

Faculdade de Engenharia - FE
Avenida Brasil, 56 - Centro
CEP 15385-000 - Ilha Solteira, SP
Phone: (18) 3743-1000

Presidente Prudente

Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia - FCT
Rua Roberto Simonsen, 305
19060-900 - P. Presidente, SP
Phone: (18) 3229-5388
Fax: (18) 3221-4391

Rio Claro

Instituto de Geociências e Ciências Exatas - IGCE

Avenida 24, 1515
Bairro: Bela Vista
13506-900 - Rio Claro, SP
Phone: (19) 3526-9000
PABX: (19) 3526-9000

SÃo JosÉ do Rio Preto

Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas - IBILCE

Rua Cristóvão Colombo, 2265
Bairro: Jardim Nazareth
15054-000 - São José do Rio Preto, SP
Phone: (17) 32212200