HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Physics is one of the pioneer departments that formed the defunct College of Science, Agricultural and Science Education (CSASE) created in 1988 at the inception of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi. With the creation of the present College of Science from CSASE, Physics Department gradually disengaged from training of students in the area of Physics Education to B.Sc. (Hons) Physics and B. Sc (Hons) Industrial Physics programmes. It also runs Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Measurement and Instrumentation, Environmental Physics as well as M. Sc. And Ph. D. Programmes in Theoretical Physics, Engineering Physics and Environmental Physics. The Department has produced several sets of first degree and post graduate degree holders who are gainfully employed and are making positive impact on national development.
The Department offers the following courses:
a) B.Sc. (Hons) in:
ii. Industrial Physics
b) Postgraduate Diploma in:
i. Environmental Physics
ii. Engineering Physics
iii. Measurement and Instrumentation
- M.Sc./Ph.D. in:
- Environmental Physics
- Engineering Physics
Philosophy of the Department
The basic philosophy of the department is the training and production of high level man power in physics, target towards meeting national and global needs in industrial, engineering, research and teaching, etc.
The set goals of the department include the following
- Produce high quality physicists who can use acquired theoretical and practical skills to maintain and improve upon solutions offered by physics to human endeavour in oil and energy, electronics and communication, space and environmental science computer and military engineering, aviation and automobile, health and medical, agricultural engineering, general infrastructure, etc.
- Provide a bedrock of sound knowledge of physics in newly evolving scientists so as to meet developmental needs in scientific research or advanced studies.
- Produce physics graduate who can handle effectively the communication of knowledge of physics as a subject to future generations.
- Produce graduates who can translate physics concepts into creativity thereby solving unemployment and natural problems.
LABORATORY AND LABORATORY EQUIPMENTS
The department of physics has three laboratories
i. The general purpose laboratory which has a capacity for sixty work space and designed to accommodate all types of practical work in physics.
ii. The advanced laboratory with facilities for twenty five work space. Here all advanced level practical and research work are conducted.
iii. Industrial Physics Laboratory/Electronics Workshop: This is a laboratory annex specially designed to support the demonstration of physics related industrial processes and to unrestrictedly practice electronics.
Each of the laboratories has a preparatory room/equipment store and laboratory office. Students are expected to put on laboratory coast to physics practical classes and obeyed all laboratory ethics.
Relevant functional and adequate equipment quantity constitutes the quality of a science laboratory. The department maintains a commendable level of stock and has continued to improve on acquisition of same to sufficiently meet students needs. The department pursues with utmost seriousness the acquisition of advanced level teaching and research equipment. The existing ones include: charge to mass ration, respirable dust sampler, kinetic theory, oscilloscope, van de graaf generator, function (signal) generator, amplifier/electrometer X-ray demonstration etc.
ADDITIONAL TRAINING FACILITIES
As part of her deliberate effort widen the horizon of knowledge of her students, the department has put in place the following additional facilities.
This is separate laboratory space where modern internet compactable computers have been provided for students training in computational physics, enhancement in usage of computers and teaching of computer hardware engineering.
Weather Monitoring Facility
The department houses one of the weather monitoring stations installed in only four Universities in Nigeria. This is a dependable source of data for weather monitoring, agricultural planning/projection as well as information for students interested in the study of physics of the lower atmosphere.
All students of the department are required to take part in the industrial training programme (SIWES) sponsored by the Federal Government of Nigeria. This is to create or increase practical and industrial work experience of students.
The programme which runs for about 12 weeks takes place during the long vacation at the 200 and 300 levels.