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Why Study Physics

Timothy Childs, TLC Precision Wafer Technology, Inc., B.S. Physics 1979 Timothy Childs
B.S. Physics 1979

President, TLC Precision
Wafer Technology, Inc.

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 the sciences and the foundation of many aspects of our 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 our 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 any endeavor that you may desire to 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 life in the 21st century.


Ray H. O'Neal, Jr.
Lewis Johnson
Mark Jack
Elliott A. Treadwell
Bidhan Saha
Halina Niculescu
Mario R. Encinosa
Richard Appartaim
Robin J. Kennedy

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.