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Department of Physics

The Department of Physics offers programs of study leading to both undergraduate (B.A. and B.S.) and graduate (M.S.) degrees. The Department provides students with a comprehensive grounding in the natural laws of physics governing the behavior of energy and matter. The intimate relationship between theory and experiment, and the universal, dynamic character of the field of physics are deeply studied within our Department. Topics of current interest in fundamental and applied physics along with modern technology receive special emphasis in our academic curriculum and research. Students majoring in physics may choose one of the following five options:

  1. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physics degree curriculum coupled with fundamental or applied physics research experience is the option for students seeking a comprehensive education to be followed by additional graduate education in physics or in related fields of science, engineering, technology, or mathematics. 
  2. The B.S. in Physics degree curriculum enhanced with paid and/or for credit internships along with cooperative education (co-op) opportunities with regional commercial, industrial, or public sector entities is the appropriate track for those who intend to seek employment in private industry or in the public sector with local or federal governmental agencies.
  3. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Physics degree curriculum supplemented with additional coursework in education or a secondary Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) major from the College of Education and Human Services is the option for those seeking careers as elementary or secondary teachers in public, parochial, or private schools.
  4. The Five-Year Dual-Degree Program is ideal for technically oriented students, the program is conducted jointly with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and leads to a B.S. degree in physics from Seton Hall University and a B.S. degree in biomedical, mechanical, electrical, industrial, computer or civil engineering from NJIT. Students spend three years at Seton Hall and two years at NJIT. The sequence and diversity of courses for all students will be worked out in consultation with a Department adviser who may modify the program in view of each student’s background and objectives.
  5. The Master of Science (M.S.) in Physics graduate degree is an option for anyone that has completed an undergraduate degree in physics or related fields and seeks to enhance their career opportunities. The M.S. in Physics program offers two degree tracks with personalized advisement and mentorship from Departmental faculty tailored accordingly to the student's professional goals. The M.S. in Physics through coursework track is designed for those seeking career advancement or enhanced opportunities in the high-technology sector and additionally in secondary or post-secondary science, technology, engineering or mathematics education. The M.S. in Physics with Thesis track is ideal for individuals seeking basic science and applied research experience appropriate for professional careers in research and development (R&D) or seeking to be fully prepared for advancement into doctoral (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) graduate programs in physics, engineering, mathematics or allied technical or educational fields.        

Academic Programs


Our faculty conduct internationally recognized research and innovative, technologically-enhanced instruction. Grounded in practical experience but exploring the frontiers of their disciplines, they define the nature of academic excellence.

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Location & Facilities

At the College of Arts and Sciences, research isn't just our priority; it's our mission. All students, including freshmen, are trained in and have access to all of our state-of-the-art instrumentation, including magnetic resonance spectrometers, mass spectrometer-based separation instruments and next generation sequencing computational facilities. Our faculty, undergraduates and graduate students work together on research using the apprenticeship model common to advanced science. And it all takes place in our Science and Technology Center, which underwent a $35 million renovation in 2007 that provided students and faculty with an additional 35,000 square feet of space. It boasts one of the most innovative and energy-efficient teaching and research facilities for science and technology in the country.

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