Department of Physics & Engineering Physics
About the History of Physics
Physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines, perhaps the oldest through its inclusion of astronomy. Over the last two millennia, physics was a part of natural philosophy along with chemistry, biology, and certain branches of mathematics, but during the scientific revolution in the 17th century, the natural sciences emerged as unique research programs in their own right. Physics intersects with many interdisciplinary areas of research, such as biophysics and quantum chemistry, and the boundaries of physics are not rigidly defined. New ideas in physics often explain the fundamental mechanisms of other sciences, while opening new avenues of research in areas such as mathematics and philosophy. Physics also makes significant contributions through advances in new technologies that arise from theoretical breakthroughs. For example, advances in the understanding of electromagnetism or nuclear physics led directly to the development of new products that have dramatically transformed modern-day society, such as television, computers, domestic appliances, and nuclear medicine; advances in thermodynamics led to the development of industrialization, and advances in mechanics inspired the development of calculus. A career in physics requires hard work and dedication. A background in physics prepares you to solve problems and think critically, these are skills in high demand and open up a variety of career opportunities.
The mission of the Department of Physics at Morgan State University is to strive for a recognized level of national and international excellence in research, teaching, and to assure that students are given the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential in physics.
The Department of Physics holds a vision to be a leader in producing the best and the brightest in Physics. We encourage various methodologies to foster strong leaders in Physics and Engineering Physics and to help encourage excellence in underrepresented minorities in S.T.E.M.