Welcome to Department of Physics and Engineering Physics
The Department of Physics was established in 1962 in the university with the basic policy to teach Pure and Applied Physics. It graduated her first crop of students, four in number, in 1965. The department also offered courses in the applied areas including Geophysics and Electronics which are now full-fledged departments. It provides a simulating and supportive environment which encourages students to be receptive of new ideas and helps them attain full academic potentials. Training of manpower with strong physics background is a requisite for development of technology in the country. In the mid-seventies and due to the aspiration of the government to develop nuclear power plant for peaceful purposes, the Engineering Physics programme was introduced. The introduction of the Engineering Physics programme has also led to increase in students’ enrolment. It has also led to establishment of Centre for Energy Research and Development (CERD), Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife. Numerous students have been graduated over the years with products in different parts of the world. Thus, the department runs two programmes: (i) Physics and (ii) Engineering Physics separately at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Successful graduates are awarded B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D degrees accordingly. Over the years, there has been a remarkable thrust in diverse areas of research within the department including Geophysics, Atmospheric Physics, Meteorology, Solid State Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Nuclear Engineering Science, Medical Physics, Health and Environmental Physics, Materials Science and Nanotechnology among other emerging areas. The Department through the approval of the University Senate in 2014 changed its name from “Department of Physics” to “Department of Physics and Engineering Physics”. The department remains committed to collaborating with relevant government agencies, industries and private sectors in the areas of trainings, research and development. It is the hope and aspiration of the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics that an alumnus of the department would have acquired adequate knowledge and skills to perform a job efficiently in diverse fields such as science, engineering, survey, education, banking, development planning, business, public service etc where qualities of physics- precision and accuracy, analytical mind, logical thinking, clarity of thought and expression, systematic approach, qualitative and quantitative decision are required.
Prof. M.A. Eleruja
(Head of Department)