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Department of Physics

The Department of Physics offers programs of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science. The department provides students with a comprehensive grounding in the laws governing the behavior of matter. The intimate relationship between theory and experiment, and the open, dynamic character of physics are stressed. Topics of current interest in fundamental physics and modern technology receive special emphasis. Students majoring in physics may choose one of the following three options:

  1. For students desiring a conventional program in physics to be followed by graduate work in physics or a related field;
  2. For those who intend to seek employment in industry or government, or those considering a career in secondary education; or 
  3. Five-Year Dual-Degree Program This program, ideal for technically oriented students, 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.

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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