Department of Physics

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About The Department of Physics

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Department of Physics offers an undergraduate:Bachelor of Science (B.S) degree, a graduate Master of Science (M.S.) degree, and graduate Ph.D. degree in Physics.

The Ph.D. Program started in the Fall of 2001 and is one of only five HBCUs that offer a Ph.D. in Physics.

 We have several research facilities and continue to be active and productive in research with over 600,000 in active research dollars.

Research facilities include, but are not limited to:
-    A sixteen-inch telescope with internet access installed in the FAMU Observatory atop Jones Hall science building.
-    The Center for Plasma Science and Technology, a research laboratory located in the Leon County Innovation Park. The laboratory is comprised of groups who conduct research in plasma, laser, and computational physics.
-    Four research laboratories in Humphries Research Center on the main FAMU campus were research is done in detector physics, laser-based electron acceleration, X-pinch fusion research, and computational atomic, molecular, and condensed matter physics.
-     A material science laboratory for advanced characterizations.

Undergraduate and graduate student support, including tuition support, is available for qualified students. We invite students to consider the study of Physics at Florida A&M University.

Why Study Physics

Physics is the study of matter and energy and its interactions, therefore, physics describes the fundamental nature of our reality in this existence. It is the most basic of sciences and the foundation of many aspects of out modern civilization. Look around, you would be hard pressed to find pieces of technology i.e., micro and nanoelectronics, lasers, solar panels, nuclear power plants, as well as medical devices, that were not at one time research tools of, or, examples of some fundamental principles discovered and explored by physicists. As out world continues on its juggernaut of unstoppable technical progress, sustaining economic activity will require increased numbers of individuals educated at higher and higher levels of technical skill. There is no level higher than that of physics, thus studying physics is great preparation for an endeavor that you may desire or undertake. On the other hand, you may just have an insatiable curiosity about how the universe works! Studying physics is the best way to satisfy this curiosity and to prepare for the challenges of the life in the future.

Contact Info

1530 S. Martin-Luther-King Jr. Blvd
Jones Hall, Rm 111
Tallahassee, FL 32307

P: (850)599-3470
F: (850)599-3577