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Department of Math & Physics

Department of Math & Physics

Mathematics and Physics Department

About the Mathematics and Physics Department

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Department of Mathematics and Physics is teaching of the highest quality at the undergraduate level. The department, through its various programs, continually strive to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for life long learning, an understanding of the physical aspects of the world in which we live and the ability to comprehend physical sciences and mathematical advancements and their benefits to our culture and future generations.

To assist in the accomplishments of this mission the Department of Physics encourages and supports scholarship and research of the highest quality among the faculty.

To provide outreach and service as an educational institution, the Department of Physics supports its faculty in utilizing their expertise to the benefits of the university community and regional, state, national and international communities.


The Department of Physics was founded in 1965 with Dr. Charlie Harper as department head. In 1969, the Department moved to its present location in Carver Hall Annex. In 1996, the Department of Physics established a Joint Faculty partnership with neighboring Louisiana Tech University’s Institute for Micro-manufacturing and Physics Program to share two faculty between the two institutions. In 1997, the Department’s curriculum was expanded to include a concentration in Material Science.

Department of Physics

The primary focus of the Department of Physics is the provision of excellent instruction at the undergraduate level. The department strives to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for lifelong learning, an understanding of the physical aspects of the universe, and the ability to comprehend advancements in the physical and mathematical sciences.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with a major in physics is offered for students who complete the outlined program of study and meet all other University requirements. The department offers two curriculum concentrations, a general concentration and a material science concentration.

The general concentration is intended to give the student a foundation upon which to continue the study of physics in graduate school or to pursue a career as a professional scientist. Students must complete: 36 semester hours of specified physics courses above the 100 level and 25 hours of support courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology, and computer science. The required mathematics courses are above the level of Calculus II.

The material science concentration affords the student the opportunity for the study of materials using a core of courses in physics, and a select set of courses in chemistry and engineering technology. This course study will prepare the student for continued study of materials in graduate school or to pursue a career in the discipline upon completing the baccalaureate degree.

Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics has a long history of excellence. It strives to give its majors and all others it serves a firm foundation in computation, comprehension, and logical reasoning. The program is undergirded with a purpose to provide undergraduate students with a firm training in computational skills and to enhance students’ comprehension and logical reasoning skills to enable them to perform effectively as they undertake professional careers. The Department revises and constantly updates the curricula in line with the mainstream Mathematics education in the nation, keeping in mind the University's uniqueness as a historically black university.

INSG Scholarships: The Physics Department has four scholarships available per year for incoming freshman that total $5000.00 each. These scholarships are for 2 years after which majors may apply for other scholarships under other University programs, examples are: CMAST, MARC, LS-LAMP to name a few.

Criteria for the Physics scholarships are: Must have declared Physics as a major, must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), must be a U.S. citizen, application for admission and official copy of ACT or SAT scores MUST be on file in the Grambling State University Admissions office, completion of an advanced mathematics or science course in high school. All information must be completed or the application will not be reviewed.

The MARC Fellowship is available to students majoring in physics. Criteria include US citizenship or permanent residence, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher, both cumulative and all mathematics and science courses taken. Fellowship includes tuition, up to $21,912 in stipend over 24 months, participation in Summer Research Internship (SRI), and a travel award to a national research conference. The purpose of the MARC program is to help students to become competitive for admission in PH.D. or M.D. /Ph.D. programs in biomedical sciences.