Physics Programme is one of the founding programmes of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi (the then Federal University of Technology, Bauchi). As at the time of the first set of students were admitted in 1981/82 session, the programme had one (1) Professor, one (1)Reader, 2 senior Lecturers, 4 Lecturers I and II, Programme graduates its first set of students in the 1987/88 session. The first coordinator was Prof. Elijah Diket Mshelia, FAS a Nuclear Theoretical Physicists. Later, Professor Jacob Koshy, a Professor of Solid State Physics, became the coordinator in 1993. Mal. Sani Ali became acting Coordinator in 1995. In order to boost the students’ intake in the programme and also in line with the goals of a University of Technology, the Programme proposed and the senate and the other relevant organs of the University approved the following degree option.
- Tech. (Hons) Applied Physics
- (Hons) Applied Geophysics
- (Hons) Physics Electronics
- Tech. (Hons) Engineering Physics
With the Introduction of these Degree options, the student intake increases tremendously. Professor M. F. Haque succeeded Mal Sani Ali in 1998. Mr O. W. Olasoji became the coordinator in 2003. Dr. F. W Burari succeeded Mr O. W. Olasoji in 2005. Dr M. A. AbdulAzeez is now the coordinator from November, 2009 to date.
The Programme has four (4) Laboratories. These are General Physics, Electrical/Electronics Laboratory houses equipment for experiments, in dynamics, mechanics, properties of matter and heat. The electrical/electronics laboratory houses equipment and chemicals for experiments in magnetism, electricity, electrolysis and electrolytes, electronics, radioactivity, photography etc., while the optics’ laboratory houses equipment for light, wave sound, vibration experiments. The research laboratory is used for advanced and postgraduate experiments.