Department Overview - PHYSICS

Expanding the Limits of Science & Technology

Physics is the study of the way the universe works, from the collapse of stars to the briefest pulse of light. The Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at Stevens Institute of Technology continually advances our understanding of the universe through undergraduate and graduate degree physics programs with special emphasis on the fields of atomic, molecular and optical physics (AMO), photonics technology, quantum optics, and quantum information science.

Stevens takes pride in maintaining a strong intellectual environment, with a focus in research for undergraduate and graduate students alike. Many of the programs lead the way in interdisciplinary research to develop technologies in nanoelectronics, communications, and remote sensing for environmental changes.

Teaching programs prepare students for careers in physics-related research, and drive cutting-edge science and technology development.

Make an Impact
Stevens is committed to developing new technologies through an academic-technology- transfer process. Students are able to apply their learning to real-life challenges through graduate research and undergraduate SKIL projects. Faculty seek to train the next generation of physicists to impact graphene technologies, remote sensing, communications, quantum optics, and many other areas of this extensive field.

Join NSF CAREER Award-winner Dr. Stefan Strauf in the Nanophotonics Laboratory to investigate nanophotonics and nanoelectronics, or SPIE Excellence Award-winner Dr. Knut Stamnes in the Light and Life Laboratory to develop technology to understand climate change. Learn from professors like Dr. Rainer Martini, who founded a Stevens start-up Predator Vision, LLC, and Dr. Ting Yu, whose research into the quantum entanglement dynamics and decoherence has been reported in Science Magazine and extensively cited in other papers.

Physics also offers an excellent return on college investment. According to a Georgetown University Study: "What's It Worth: the Economic Value of College Majors," physics majors receive some of the highest median salaries among those that study the physical sciences.

Undergraduate Programs
The Physics program combines classroom instruction with hands-on research experience in one of several state-of-the-art research laboratories. The program differentiates itself with SKIL (Science Knowledge Integration Ladder), a six-semester sequence of project-centered courses. This course sequence allows students to work on self-defined projects under the guidance of a faculty advisor. SKIL projects foster independent learning, innovative problem solving, collaboration and team work, and knowledge integration. 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.

Graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics have a wide range of career opportunities beyond the pursuit of a traditional graduate degree in physics, including employment in a variety of disciplines such as chemistry, life science, engineering and 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 B.S. degree in Engineering Physics in one of four concentrations: Applied Optics, Microelectronics and Photonics, Atmospheric and Environmental Science, or Plasma and Surface Physics. The program allows students to combine a mastery of basic physics concepts with exposure to state-of-the-art engineering technology in selected high-tech areas.

Graduate Programs
The graduate program in Physics is designed for the student who desires to master fundamental concepts and techniques, who is interested in studying applications in various areas of technology and science, and who wishes to keep abreast of the latest experimental and theoretical innovations in these areas. The varied curriculum that is equally adaptable to provide highly specialized courses or broad-based training in diverse areas. World-class research laboratories address many contemporary issues in physics, from the environment to communications and quantum physics. Students may work toward a Master of Science or Ph.D. degree. Students can also enroll in a Masters degree program in Microelectronics and Photonics through the award-winning Stevens Webcampus program.

Graduate Certificate Programs
The department offers five Graduate Certificate programs to students meeting the regular admission requirements for the Master's program. Each Graduate Certificate program is self-contained and highly focused, carrying 12 graduate credits. All of the courses may be used toward the Master's degree as well as for the certificate.

  • Applied Optics
  • Atmospheric and Environmental Science
  • Microdevices and Microsystems
  • Microelectronics
  • Photonics

The Stevens Institute of Technology is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.