Degrees in Physics

With cutting edge programs and research opportunities, our faculty and students are shaping the future.

If you would like to know how a major in physics might fulfill your interests, please contact the FAMU Physics Department to learn more about the various programs so that together we can design a program to fit your specific needs.

The Physics Department offers students the opportunity for hands-on learning in a number of newly-established undergraduate laboratories. Modern equipment and exciting experiments are available in optics, electronics, and condensed matter labs. The Department has a newly-remodeled astrophysics lab with a fully automated observatory including a remote control kiosk at the Tallahassee Challenger Center. 

Physics undergraduate students at FAMU are strongly encouraged to work on research projects with faculty members. Research assistantships are often available throughout the term and during the summer months. Often, by working with various professors throughout their undergraduate degree, students can get a good feeling for what areas of research would interest them for a career. Experience is also available with National Laboratories with ties to FAMU, for example Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California.

Undergraduate Study


Bachelor of Science in Physics

This option prepares students for pursuing graduate degrees in physics, as well as for careers in the private technology sector. Students on this track take 61 credit hours of physics courses, with related courses in mathematics, computer science and required humanities courses.

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Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics

The applied physics option prepares students to pursue a more diversified career in many science-related areas such as computers, environment, management, government agencies, and research laboratories. In addition to 52 credit hours of physics courses with a strong emphasis on hands-on skills, applied physics students take courses in business and management, computer science and humanities to assist in their future careers.

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Bachelor of Science Eduation with a major in Physics Education

The Teacher Certification option prepares a student to teach physics and related science courses in grades K-12. Teacher Certification students take a total of 120 credit hours for their degree with 34 credit hours of Physics and 46 credit hours in Education. The remaining credit hours are from mathematics and required humanities courses.

Graduate Study


Master of Science in Physics

This program is designed to provide a solid foundation in physics course work (beyond the baccalaureate level) and research essential for pursuing doctoral studies in physics or related academic areas. The successful student will be prepared to enter the work force, or enter a high quality Ph.D. program

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Doctor of Philosophy in Physics

The primary objective of the doctorate program in Physics is to provide talented graduate students with a rigorous academic environment in which to conduct research and to develop the analytical, empirical, and leadership skills required for mathematical, scientific and technological careers. The Department is comprised of fifteen faculty members committed to excellence in research. The faculty conducts experimental research in the areas of:

•    Axion and astrophysical particle detection
•    Laser ablation
•    Laser interactions with matter
•    Nanomaterial growth and properties
•    Plasma physics and theoretical research
•    Atomic and molecular scattering
•    Electronic and structural properties of carbon nanomaterials
•    Numerical algorithms and optimization methods
•    Quantum theory on manifolds

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