Undergraduate Studies

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The Department of Physics, Atmospheric Science, and Geoscience at Jackson State University offers a broad variety of undergraduate courses, for physics majors and non-physics majors alike.

The Department is working to achieve national ranking in the number of students enrolled as majors as well as in the number of graduates produced. Graduates of the program will excel in graduate study, research, and in the work force.

Goals of the Department are as follows:

  1. To prepare students for careers in physical research, medicine, engineering, meteorology research, professional meteorologist, and other professional areas including teaching of physics and physical sciences.
  2. To prepare students for graduate programs in physics, atmospheric sciences, engineering, and other applied sciences, graduate program in management, materials science, and for medical and dental schools.
  3. To develop understanding of basic scientific principles, concepts, and application in all students taking courses in the Department; to provide courses for students with other career interests which will increase their awareness of the environment and universe.
  4. To excel in research and development in the areas of meteorological observation, forecasting, modeling atomic and molecular physics, optics, materials science, nanotechnology, computational science, renewable energy, and earth and space science.
  5. To develop more collaborative research and development projects with other departments in Jackson State University, other institutions, state agencies, and non-profit and for profit organizations.
  6. To provide services to the community, the state, the nation, and the world in matters concerning science in general, including physics, astronomy, and atmospheric sciences.


To view a listing of the undergraduate-level courses offered, click here.

The objective of the Bachelor of Science in Physics program is to prepare students for careers in physics research, engineering, medicine, and other professional fields including physics teaching in high schools. The general philosophy of the Department is that each student should be able to reason, to collect facts and opinions, to think critically and to make informed decisions concerning his or her physical, social, economic, and political environment. The Department’s philosophy also includes that thinking is a skill that can be taught, and that a good scientist is also a good citizen. The purpose of the Department is to guide students in the acquisition of knowledge and the development of the skills, understanding, and appreciation necessary for a professional education in physics, atmospheric sciences, and general science. State of the art research by faculty, researchers, and students of the Department are integral parts of the Department’s vision. Department faculty members are active in research, writing proposals, supervising students’ research and disseminating research results through publication in journals and/or presenting in professional meetings.

The B.S. in Physics has two tracks:

  1. B.S. Physics (General Physics Concentration)
  2. B.S. Physics (Leading to Alternate Career Choice Option)

Physics courses prepare students with good mathematical and analytical skills. In every skilled profession, such as engineering, medicine, management, teaching, etc., analytical expertise gained through mathematics and physics courses will provide an added opportunity/tool to choose and succeed in that profession. A thorough study of mechanics, statistical physics, modern physics, electromagnetic theory, and quantum mechanics along with introductory physics courses and introductory math courses enhances students’ ability and updates modern technological innovations needed to succeed in alternate career choices. Our curriculum gives the option to choose about six (6) courses in areas other than physics. This will keep students on track to go to graduate schools in physics. In addition, it will open a horizon to choose other career options. These are not concentrations, rather students will take a set of guided optional courses to make themselves eligible for other careers along side of physics.

Click here to view the course curriculum for the B.S. in Physics (General Physics Concentration)

Click here to view the course curriculum for the B.S. in Physics (Leading to Alternate Career Choice).

Atmospheric Science

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The Bachelor of Science in Meteorology program has in its primary objective to prepare students for careers in meteorology and to prepare students for graduate study in meteorology or in related fields. Our program also teach students from other disciplines about basic characteristics and phenomena of the atmosphere.

The B.S. in Meteorology is the only degree program in Meteorology in Mississippi and in its neighboring states.

Click here to view the course curriculum for the B.S. in Atmospheric Science.

Earth System Science

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Earth System Science is an interdisciplinary area which looks at the earth, atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and space as a completely connected system. Changes in one of these parts of the Earth will ultimately influence all others. The curriculum is developed to give graduating students a balanced view of the Earth as a whole.

An Earth System Science degree will prepare a diverse community of scientists including geologists, meteorologists, oceanographers, hydrologists, environmental scientists, public health scientists, educators and policy makers who have the geoscience knowledge that is needed to confront critical environmental issues facing society and to protect the Earth in a collective effort.

The program will provide students with opportunities to conduct research on a large number of topics including environmental geology, coastal and ocean-related topics, atmospheric science, remote sensing, geospatial information science and modern climate variability.

Click here to view the course curriculum for the B.S. in Earth System Science.