Physics at Stevens

The laws of physics govern the universe from the formation of stars and galaxies to the interaction of elementary particles that hold together atomic nuclei. Physics also drives many rapidly-advancing fields that shape modern daily life, such as information technology, medical technology, microelectronics, and telecommunications.

The physics program at Stevens exposes students to both the theory and practice of the discipline, combining rigorous classroom instruction with hands-on research experience in one of several state-of-the-art research laboratories.

Perhaps the most differentiating feature of the Stevens physics curriculum is SKIL (Science Knowledge Integration Ladder), a six-semester sequence of project-centered courses. Projects are designed to foster independent learning, innovative problem solving, collaboration and teamwork, 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 concepts; in the junior and senior years, the projects become more challenging and the level of independence increases.

Technical Electives Taken in Later Semesters

  • PEP 501 Fundamentals of Atomic Physics
  • PEP 503 Introduction to Solid State Physics
  • PEP 507 Introduction to Microelectronics and Photonics
  • PEP 509 Intermediate Waves and Optics
  • PEP 510 Modern Optics Lab
  • PEP 520 Computational Physics
  • PEP 527 Mathematical Methods for Science and Engineering
  • PEP 555 Statistical Physics and Kinetic Theory
  • PEP 552 Theory of Relativity
  • PEP 556 Introduction to Quantum Control

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