DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS
WELCOME MESSAGE OF THE DEPARTMENT
Physics, which is one of the core disciplines in the Basic Sciences, involves a study of the fundamental principles of nature. It is essential for modern technology. Our Physics programme is broad based, enabling students to acquire sound knowledge in all branches of Physics. It not only satisfies the National University Commission (NUC) minimum standards requirement but also takes care of any defects in the NUC approved programme leading to the award of B.Sc (Hons) degree in Physics/Industrial Physics.
The Physics programme is typically four years long with the completion of a six months Industrial attachment and undergraduate project as requirements for graduation.
The six months Industrial attachment affords our students the opportunity to take their theoretical knowledge into the diverse industries where the principles of Physics are applied, in order to help them appreciate better the theories learnt in college. Physics has found relevance in such industries as Telecommunication, Power, ICT, Oil and Gas, and Health, to mention but a few.
However, unlike many other courses, a new student would quickly find out that Physics is an actively engaging course. Students would be required to take part in practical courses and to sit and study for hours to understand the different sides of the course which they would be introduced to. Therefore, a prospective student is advised to reduce to the minimum different other engagements which may accost him/her on arrival in campus.
As you make a decision to start on the journey of studying Physics, we know it would be challenging, but we promise it would be worth it.
Prof. (Mrs.) J.N. Ogwo
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT
Physics was among the first seventeen disciplines introduced in the University when the University started on October 23, 1981. The discipline started with one Professor, one Assistant Lecturer and two Graduate Assistants. These pioneer staff produced the Physics curriculum for the discipline. However this has been modified as new staff members with more specialties joined the University, and also in line with the National University Physics Laboratory managed by a well-qualified Laboratory technologist who had more than eight years working experience in a University Physics Laboratory before joining the staff of Abia State University.
B.Sc Physics degree programme started with ten students in the year 1981; since then thousands of students have enrolled into the programme. The first set of students graduated in 1985.
B.Sc Industrial Physics degree programme was introduced in the year 2000. The first batch of students for the programme graduated in 2005.