Graduates of the Physics program 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.
Bachelor of Science in Physics
The laws of physics govern the universe from the formation of stars and galaxies to the processes in 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.
Perhaps the most differentiating feature of the 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.
Physics course sequence
Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics
The Engineering Physics (EP) Program is a special program that was developed jointly by the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics and the Engineering Department. Students in the EP Program follow a special core curriculum that combines aspects of the engineering and science 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 three high-tech areas of concentration:
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
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.
The School of Engineering and Science encourages undergraduate students to become licensed engineers. Licensed engineers are a select group. Those who do achieve licensure, however, enjoy the professional benefits that accompany this distinction. In order to be licensed, students must pass the FE Exam and the PE Exam. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a licensed engineer and the requirements.
The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation, accredits Stevens Institute of Technology.
For more information, refer to the Commission's statements of its mission, vision, and core values.
About the Society of Physics Students
The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a professional association explicitly designed for students. Membership, through collegiate chapters, is open to anyone interested in physics. The only requirement for membership is to be interested in physics. Besides physics majors, our members include majors in chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, medicine, and other fields.
The Stevens SPS strives to promote a better understanding of physics within the Stevens community and awareness of current events in physics. This group is an opportunity to bring together physics majors for times of fellowship and learning.