Greetings from the JSU Department of PhysicsAtmospheric  Sciences and Geoscience!

It is an exciting time to major in Physics, Meteorology or Earth Systems Science at JSU. Our department is becoming the country’s primary source of African Americans who hold B.S. degrees in geosciences.

  • JSU is the only Historically Black College or University presently offering a degree in Earth Systems Science.
  • Nationally, our atmospheric sciences program has produced one of every four African Americans who hold bachelor degrees in meteorology.
  • Our meteorology graduates hold highly visible positions on television with The Weather Channel, WLBT, and WJTV.
  • Many of our majors continue on to graduate studies and have received degrees from MIT, Perdue, Georgia Tech, Howard University, Cornell, University of Michigan, and the University of Oklahoma, to name a few.

We seek bright, talented, and dedicated students to develop into tomorrow’s researchers, science teachers, corporate managers, high-tech entrepreneurs, and engineers.

Our faculty members have expertise and experience in Nanotechnology, Materials Science, Optics and Photonics, Meteorological Observations, Modeling and Forecast, Computational Sciences, Renewable Energy, Earth and Space Science, and Science Education. Research in the department encompasses many areas.

  • Materials
  • Nanoscience and Technology
  • Optics
  • Photonics
  • High Energy Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Atomic and Chemical Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Theoretical Astrophysics
  • Theoretical and Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
  • Theory of Atomic Clusters
  • Computational Physics
  • Statistical Physics
  • Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Finite Systems
  • Hyperfine Interactions
  • Dynamic exchange effects between solids and ion probes

The Meteorology Program has an interdisciplinary focus encompassing Weather Modification and Control, Air Pollution, Aviation, Climatology, Tropical Weather, Mesoscale Meteorology, Satellite Communication, and Computer Applications. The Earth Systems Science program covers geology, hydrology, and climate change.

We are committed to providing the faculty, facilities, instruction, services, and equipment necessary for our students to achieve their educational goals.

If you are curious about our department, please contact me. I will talk to you about our wonderful areas of study. There is no need to be afraid of our subjects — even though most students are at first.

Contact me and we will de-mystify our subjects together and find how fun and rewarding it will be. I look forward to hearing from you.

Wilbur L. Walters, Jr., Ph.D. Chair and Associate Professor of Physics