Our B.S. degree in Applied Physics is accredited by the Middle States Accreditation Board. Our graduates have a wide range of career opportunities beyond the pursuit of a traditional graduate degree in physics, including employment in a variety of other disciplines such as chemistry, life science, engineering or environmental science. Those who choose to further their physics education are accepted into graduate program at some of the best schools.
The Department of Physics and Engineering Physics also offers an Undergraduate Engineering Physics (EP) Program, which leads to a BS degree in Engineering Physics in four concentrations, Applied Optics, Microelectronics and Photonics, Atmospheric and Environmental Science, or Plasma and Surface Physics. The program aims to attract students who are intrigued by the possibility of combining a mastery of basic physics concepts with exposure to state-of-the-art engineering technology in selected high-tech areas.
|Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics|
The laws of physics govern the universe from the formation of stars and galaxies to the processes in the Earth's atmosphere that determine our climate, to the elementary particles and their interactions that hold together atomic nuclei. Physics also drives many rapidly-advancing technologies such as information technology, telecommunication, microelectronics and medical technology including MRI imaging and laser surgery.
The physics program at Stevens combines classroom instruction with hands-on research experience in one of several state-of-the-art research laboratories (Photonics Science and Technology, Optical Communication and Nanodevices, Quantum Electron Science and Technology, Electron-Driven Processes and Plasmas, Light and Life, Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Communication).
Perhaps the most differentiating feature of the Stevens physics curriculum is SKIL (Science Knowledge Integration Ladder), a six-semester sequence of project-centered courses. This course sequence lets students work on projects that foster independent learning, innovative problem solving, collaboration and team work, and knowledge integration under the guidance of a faculty advisor. The SKIL sequence starts in the sophomore year with projects that integrate basic scientific knowledge and simple concepts. In the junior and senior years, the projects become more challenging and the level of independence increases.
Applied Physics course sequence
|Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics|
The EP Program is a special program that was developed jointly by the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics and the School of Engineering. Students in the EP Program follow a special core curriculum that combines aspects of the SoE and ISSA core curricula.
This combination of courses provides the students with the basic concepts of engineering together with a basic understanding of physical phenomena at a microscopic level and lets them explore the relation of the physics concepts to practical problems of engineering in one of four high-tech areas of concentration: Applied Optics, Microelectronics and Photonics, Atmospheric and Environmental Science or Plasma and Surface Physics. These concentrations represent high-tech areas of significant current local and global technological and economic interest. The PEP department has both research strength and educational expertise in these areas where there is significant growth potential. For all concentrations, required and/or elective courses offered by other departments (EE, EN, MT) can be used to complement departmental course offerings, which provide the students in the program with the necessary diversity, breadth, and depth of educational offerings and research opportunities.
Engineering Physics course sequence
You may qualify for a minor in physics by taking the required courses indicated below. Completion of a minor indicates a proficiency beyond that provided by the Stevens curriculum in the basic material of the selected area. If you are enrolled in a minor program, you must meet the Institute requirements. In addition, the grade in any course credited for a minor must be "C" or better.
Course Requirements for Minor in Physics
- PEP 111 Mechanics
- PEP 112 Electricity and Magnetism
- PEP 209 Modern Optics
- PEP 242 Modern Physics
- PEP 527 Mathematical Methods of Science and Engineering
- PEP 538 Introduction to Mechanics
- PEP 542 Electromagnetism
- PEP 553 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
|Interdisciplinary Program in Computational Science|
For students interested in interdisciplinary science and engineering, Stevens offers an undergraduate computational science program. Computational science is a new field in which techniques from mathematics and computer science are used to solve scientific and engineering problems. The program includes an application area in computational physics.