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Message from the Chair

About the Departmentof Physics & Astronomy

Themission of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Howard Universityis to strive for a recognized level of national and internationalexcellence in research and teaching in physics and to assure thatstudents of African American descent and other underrepresented groupsare given the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential in physics.

TheDepartment has offered the baccalaureate degree since the early 1920's.The primary undergraduate goal of the Department of Physics andAstronomy is to produce a significant number of underrepresentedminority students at the baccalaureate level who are prepared to entergraduate school in physics or pursue alternate careers in education,industry, medicine, etc.

TheDepartment first offered the Master of Science degree in the early1930's and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the early 1960's. Thegoals of the Department at the graduate level include: 1.Being the largest producer in the country of African Americanphysicists at the doctoral level; and 2.Being the premiere program of its size in the country within a fewselected areas of physics.

Thedepartment currently has a full time faculty of 20 members, majority ofwhom are African Americans. In the mid 1990's undergraduate enrollmentaveraged 20 students per year and graduate enrollment averaged about30. Over the years, the programs have produced more than 80 Ph.D.graduates in physics and over 175 masters students. Approximately 70%of the doctorate and 75% of the masters graduates have been students ingroups that have been traditionally under-represented in the field ofphysics.

Department Highlights

Excellencein research and teaching in physics

Significantnumber of underrepresented minority students

20 fulltime faculty members (majority African American)

We aim to bethe largest producer in the country of African American physicists atthe doctoral level

We aim tooffer the premiere program of its size in the country within a fewselected areas of physics!

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