College of Science and Technology

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Welcome to the Physics department website. Here you will find information about the degrees offered by the department, our faculty, departmental research, current and former students, and how to join our department.

Ours is a relatively small department in the College of Science and Technology. We pride ourselves at our low student to faculty ratio. Our students get the personalized attention they need to achieve their goals.

We offer 3 bachelor's degrees, a master’s degree, and a Ph.D. degree. In addition to the conventional BS in Physics, for students who are interested in specific sub-disciplines, we offer several specialized concentrations in our BS program.

For students majoring in other courses, we also offer a Physics minor degree.

Our program offers many student research opportunities. In addition to performing research with our faculty, our students go to do internships at NASA, NOAA, Jefferson Laboratories, other universities, and several industries.

Our student groups Society of Physics Students and Meteorology Club organizes many activities throughout the year.

Please browse our website for more information and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Physics offers a Bachelor of Science in Physics with four program concentrations, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology.

  • Bachelor of Science in Physics is designed to prepare students for graduate study in physics. The degree provides the background for graduate and professional studies in medicine, law, and other scientific fields. Curriculum Guide
  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Physics is a curriculum that brings quantitative training to students interested in life sciences. With courses from Physics, Biomedical Engineering, and Biology, graduates of this program are well prepared with more analytical skills for careers in biomedical sciences, health sciences, neuroscience, and other related areas. Curriculum Guide
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics is a curriculum based on a core of courses in physics and specialized courses in engineering. Graduates of this program are well prepared for careers in industry, government, the military, business, and other technical areas. Curriculum Guide
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Physics allows a student the flexibility to take physics courses and concentrate in another physical area. Curriculum Guide
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics (Secondary Education) leads to teacher certification in Physics and Mathematics at the high school level. The physics Secondary Education program is accredited by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education and approved by the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction. Curriculum Guide

See the current Undergraduate Bulletin for course descriptions.

Contact Prof. Richard Hammond (Chair) at rthammond@ncat.edu or the Physics Department office for more information. 

The Minor in Physics shall consist of at least 20 credit hours, as follows:

  • Required courses: PHYS 241, PHYS 251, PHYS 242, PHYS 252 and PHYS 306.
  • Elective courses: An additional 9 credit hours from PHYS 101 and any physics courses numbered 300 or above.
  • Students must choose the elective physics courses with the approval of the department chair.
  • Students completing the Minor in Physics must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses for the minor.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 24 academic credits before declaring a minor.

All other requirements under the Minor Field of Undergraduate Study Policy apply. See Undergraduate Bulletin for course details.

Contact Prof. Richard Hammond (Chair) at rthammond@ncat.edu or the Physics Department office for more information.

The Department of Physics at North Carolina A&T offers a B.S. degree in Atmospheric Science and Meteorology (ASME) that prepares students for further graduate studies or careers involving National Weather Service, academia, government agencies (e.g., NASA, DoD, EPA), and the weather service industry.

The training involves an interdisciplinary approach through coursework and internships in the use of data from surface air stations, satellites, radar in models to predict weather, flooding, droughts and air pollution and understand and mitigate climate change.

ASME students can conduct research with faculty specializing in arctic meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, aviation meteorology, mesoscale and synoptic meteorology, numerical weather prediction, remote sensing, analysis, and numerical modeling approaches. 

Please review the Curriculum Guidelines. Course descriptions are provided in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Contact Prof. Richard Hammond at rthammond@ncat.edu or Prof. Yuh-Lang Lin at ylin@ncat.edu.

Graduate Programs

The School of Graduate Studies through the Department of Physics offers a program leading to the Masters of Science in Physics and a Masters of Science in Computational Sciences with a physics concentration. The M.S. in Physics will provide you the comprehensive preparation needed for the pursuit of a Ph.D. in physics or related areas.

The M.S. in Physics degree program offers three options: the thesis option, the course work option, and the project option. The thesis option requires a minimum of 30 semester hours which includes 6 semester hours of thesis. The course work option requires a minimum of 33 semester hours plus a comprehensive examination. The project option requires a minimum of 30 semester hours plus 3 semester hours of a special project. The Department of Physics also participates in the Ph.D. program in Energy and Environmental Sciences.

Graduate student support is provided by both the university and the department in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. The financial support offered most incoming students is in the form of a teaching assistantship and requires up to 20 hours per week of instructional-related service.

Contact Prof. Richard Hammond (Chair) at rthammond@ncat.edu or the Physics Department office for more information.

Students in a Ph.D. can apply to the Applied Science and Technology Ph.D. program through the College of Science and Technology. Students from the Physics department can choose one of the two concentrations:
  • Applied Physics Concentration
  • Atmospheric, Environmental, & Energy Science (AST-AEE) Concentration
Contact Prof. Richard Hammond (Chair, Physics) at rthammond@ncat.edu or Keith Schimmel (Director, Applied Science & Technology Ph.D. Programschimmel@ncat.edu.

Useful Links

Apply to our Undergraduate Program(s):  https://aggieadmissions.ncat.edu/undergraduateadmissions/default.asp

Apply to our Graduate Program(s): https://aggieadmissions.ncat.edu/graduateadmissions/default.asp

Giving: https://www.ncat.edu/give/home.php

Scholarships: https://www.ncat.edu/admissions/financial-aid/types-of-aid/scholarships/index.php