Welcome from the Coordinator of Physics

Between 1974 (when the College of The Bahamas was founded) and 1995, the goals of the Department of Physics were to
1) prepare students for a two-year Associate Degree in either Physics with Chemistry, or Physics with Mathematics,
2) prepare students for the University of London Advanced-level examinations in Physics, and
3) be a “service department”, providing non-physics majors with the physics requirements of their various programmes in the College.

The Department of Physics has since evolved into a bachelor’s degree programme provider, as the College (now University) transitioned into a four-year institution. The BSc programme encompasses a wide range of courses including Mechanics, Heat and Thermodynamics, Oscillations and Waves, Optics and Electricity and Magnetism at the lower levels, as well as Electromagnetic Theory, Quantum Physics, Atomic and Nuclear Physics, Relativity, and Atmospheric Physics, among others, at the upper levels.

At the same time, the department also provides a two-year Associate degree in Engineering Physics. This programme exposes students to a range of subject areas including, but not restricted to, Engineering Statics, Engineering Dynamics, Engineering Network Analysis, Fortran for Engineers and Scientists (or Technical C++ Programming), Calculus and Analytical Geometry, Differential Equations, and various lower-level college physics courses.

Additionally, the Department of Physics continues its role as a “service department”, providing the physics requirements for programmes as diverse as BIO/CHEM (Pre-Med), Pharmacy, Architecture, Engineering, Engineering Technology and Teacher Education. Even students in the Accounting programme take our lower-level physics as their Natural Sciences Electives and General Education requirements.

Many of our graduates have gone on to medical and engineering schools to pursue professional disciplines. Some now teach physics in the high school system. And some have gone on to physics graduate-level programmes overseas, and are now making important contributions to societies in different parts of the world.

The Department of Physics at UB is not big – in fact it is one of the smallest departments in the University. However, if you are looking for physics courses delivered to the highest standards and transferable to virtually any university in the world, then the Department of Physics at UB must be your destination!

Claude Mcnamarah, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor and Coordinator