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Message from the Chair

Thankyou for your interest in the Department of Physics & AstronomyatHoward University. The department offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees,with specializations in Condensed Matter Physics, Atmospheric Physics,Laser Spectroscopy & Optics, and Elementary Particle and HighEnergy Physics.


TheDepartment of Physics & Astronomy is the oldest HistoricallyBlackCollege & University (HBCU) Physics program in the UnitedStates tooffer a B.S. (degree conferred in 1920), M.S. (program initiated in1934) and Ph.D. degree (program started in 1958).

Central Role

Thedepartment plays a central role in producing Physics majors and insupporting many other majors at Howard University (biology, chemistry,engineering, pre-pharmacy and allied health) through an extensive arrayof service courses. In addition, our General Astronomy course offeringis invariably over-subscribed as it attracts students from manyColleges at Howard University. We are also in the process of developingand implementing an Atmospheric Physics minor that will help attractstudents with interest in pursuing interdisciplinary studies at theintersection of physics, chemistry and engineering.

Research Funding

Overthe past two decades, the department has received research grantstotaling more than $30 million dollars, which have supported severalresearch centers of excellence with significant funding from NASA, NOAAand the Department of Energy. The department boasts a cadre ofaccomplished and distinguished faculty who are committed to providingexcellent mentoring and training to both undergraduate Physics majorsand graduate students, so that they can either pursue advanced studiesor be gainfully employed in the private and public sectors.

Dr. Quinton L. Williams
Chair & Professor of Physics

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