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Afi Rawlings, B.S. Physics 2004

Afi Rawlings
B.S. Physics 2004

Graduate Student in Bio-Physics
at the University of Michigan

“FAMU prepares students extremely well for the rigors of graduate school and the work force. They nurture the person as well as . . . .”

The undergraduate physics degree at FAMU is designed to prepare you for a career in teaching or industry or for further studies at the graduate level in Physics.

Three Bachelor of Science degree options are available:
  1. B.S. in physics: This option prepares students to pursue advanced degrees in physics and engineering or to immediately work in science research and development. Students in this stream take 61 credit hours of physics courses, with related courses in mathematics, computer science and required humanities courses.
  2. B.S. physics (applied track): 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.
  3. B.S. in science education 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.
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 you 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. Beginning in Spring 2007 the department will offer an undergraduate introduction to Biophysics.

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 Research Experience for Undergraduates at major universities with ties to FAMU, for example the Boston University Biophotonics Center.


Mark Jack
Robin J. Kennedy
Joseph A. Johnson III
Kalayu Belay
Patricia A. Stampe
Halina Niculescu
Charles A. Weatherford
Elliott A. Treadwell
Mogus Mochena

Keith Jackson

The faculty, staff and students in the dept. of physics conduct research in over 40,000 sq. ft. of space that houses state of the art equipment. The faculty investigators have received nearly $40 M in federal and state funding to support their research activities.

I'd like to invite you to consider the persuit of graduate degrees in physics, particularyly the Ph.D. degree

Dr. Keith Jackson, Vice President of Research and Professor of Physics.


Charles A. Weatherford

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Dept. of Physics is in the midst of a period of rapid progress. A new Ph.D. program, in addition to our existing B.S. and M.S. programs, in Physics, started in the Fall of 2001.

The research facilities and productivity have expanded at a rapid pace since that time. Undergraduate and graduate student support, including tuition support, is available for qualified students.

Dr. Charles A. Weatherford
Chairman Department of Physics.