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Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Atmospheric Sciences – PHYSICS
College of Science, Engineering, and Technology


If you have ever wondered scientifically, “why” something is the way it is, or “how” can something exist or behave the way it does, then you’ve entered the realm of physics. Physics is the most fundamental of all sciences, and is the study of nature that is all around us. Physicists try to understand the most basic laws that govern the behavior of nature.

Abu O. A. Khan, Ph. D.


Contact Information:

Phone: (601) 979-8628
Fax: (601) 979-3630






Ph. D. in Civil and Geological Engineering, University of Manitoba, Canada


Research Interests

LIDAR, GIS and Surface Hyrdology

Spatial and temporal analysis of hydro-meteorological events


Selected Publications

Faruque, F., Khan, A. O. A. and Frigon, M. (2004). Image Creation Using Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) Intensity Data: An Introduction to a New Product. Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences, Vol. 49, Issue 4.

Khan, A. O. A. (1998). Geography of Water Resources. Brandon: Department of Geography, Brandon University.

Khan, A. O. A. & Booy, C. (1991). Statistical Analysis of Bank Erosion of the Jamuna River. In K. M. Elahi, K. S. Ahmed & M. Mofizuddin (eds.) Riverbank Erosion, Flood and Population Displacement in Bangladesh. Dhaka: Riverbank Erosion Impact Study, Jahangirnagar University, pp. 30-45.

Khan, A. O. A., & Booy, C. (1990). Width-Depth Relationship of a Braided River. Proc. Annual Conference and 1st Biennial Environmental Specialty Conference, Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE), Hamilton, Vol.V, pp.359-372.

Khan, A. O. A., & Booy, C. (1989). Statistical Modeling of Bank Erosion of the Brahmaputra River in Bangladesh. Proc. 9th Canadian Hydrotechnical Conference, CSCE, St. John's, 616-633.

Khan, A. O. A., & Booy, C. (1988). Statistical Analysis of Bank Erosion of the Brahmaputra River: A Transfer Function Approach. International. Symposium on the Impact of Riverbank Erosion, Flood Hazard, and the Problem of Population Displacement, Dhaka.

Khan, A. O. A. (1982). Wave Forces on Vertical Cylindrical Structures. Bangladesh Journal of Water Resources Research, Vol.3, No.1, pp. 1-7.

Khan, A. O. A., & Khan, H. R. (1981). Design considerations of small water conservancy projects in Bangladesh. Manual prepared for practicing Engineers participating in the short course "Small Watershed Conservancy Project". Dhaka: Dept. of Water Resources Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.



Physics allows you to study the forces that shape the fabric of nature and learn what the universe if made of and how it works.
You will receive a solid grounding in fundamental physics and have access to a wide range of elective courses including optics, particle and solid-state physics, nonlinear dynamics, astronomy and geophysics. Running experiments and engaging in faculty-led research develops your quantitative critical thinking skills, and you will gain the ability to use data to test and evaluate models, explanations, and methods.


 In lab-based classes and with faculty-led research opportunities, you will learn to think like a physicist. Explore accelerator physics at CERN, or learn about the frontiers of space and time while searching for extrasolar planets and world-renowned observatories. Explore the mind-bending consequences of Einstein’s theory of gravity and curved space-time, or unlock the mysteries of our awesome Earth with field research opportunities. Become a science educator and make a difference in propelling P-12 STEM education in the 21st century. At Jackson State University, you are part of the process of creating new scientific knowledge. 

“Challenging Minds, Changing Lives.”


Your time will be spent collecting and analyzing data or running experiments on state-of-the-art equipment – not solely sitting at desks. 


Physics majors have a plethora of career options after studying the mechanics of matter and understanding concepts such as optics, solid-state physics, particle physics, and much more:

Technical Writer Science Teacher Forensic Scientist Professor
Data Analyst Research Analyst Web Developer Design Engineer
Systems Analyst Research Engineer Meteorologist Research Scientist
Scientist Application Developer Product Development Engineer Process Engineer
Radiation Safety Officer Materials Engineer Nuclear Engineer R&D Engineer
Aeronautical Engineer Electronics Engineer Data Scientist Quantitative Analyst


For many years, we have played a central role in new physics developments and advancements.

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Important Dates





CSET Scholars Academy



For more information, please contact us at (601) 979-7012.  We look forward to meeting with you and seeing how our program can help you achieve your goals.



Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Atmospheric Sciences
College of Science, Engineering & Technology
Jackson State University
P.O. Box 18750
Jackson, MS 39217



(601) 979-7012