In Seton Hall's Physics program, you can join other great minds in the search for answers to big questions like how did the universe begin? How is a star born? What is the densest thing on Earth? Our B.S. students choose from three curriculum options, helping them prepare for many different careers. In our BA or BS physics program you'll learn from renowned experts, while working alongside them on groundbreaking research. You can explore a career in secondary education, business, law and allied health, or you can continue your education in a top graduate program and prepare for advanced positions in research and academia. Our students have been admitted to prestigious programs at Duke, Harvard, MIT, Princeton and many others.
- Gain real-world experience with internships at top employers like Alcatel Lucent Technologies, U.S. Department of Defense, Ford Motor Company, Lockheed Martin and more.
- Work alongside faculty on cutting-edge research starting as early as your freshman year. More than 80% of our students conduct research with faculty!
- Apply for research funding from the NASA & New Jersey Space Grant Consortium –– more than a dozen of our students have been awarded these grants.
- Acquire practical skills in our astronomical observatory equipped with a 16-inch coma free telescope and CCD camera. Other instrumentations include a pulsed laser deposition system, X-ray diffractometer and much more.
- Gain cutting-edge research experience with Dr. M. Alper Sahiner, in semiconductors and laser processing of solar cells in collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory, NIST and IBM.
- Attend national conferences –– many times with all expenses paid by Seton Hall. Last year alone almost 25% of physics majors traveled to conferences across the country!
- Learn from renowned and innovative faculty like Dr. Jose Lopez –– an expert in plasma physics and rated as one of the 10 smartest people in NJ! Other faculty are developing high-efficiency solar cells as a clean-energy alternatives, as well as investigating cell population and cytoskeleton dynamics.
- Have the opportunity to be inducted to Sigma Pi Sigma, the National Physics Honor Society.
What Great Minds Can Do
NASA funded Fernanda Duarte’s research as a sophomore at Seton Hall.
Our physics courses emphasize the close relationship between theory and experiment and delve into topics of current interest in fundamental physics and modern technology. B.S. students choose from three curriculum options. The Applied Option prepares you for graduate or advanced study in physics or an allied field: astronomy, engineering, mathematics, chemistry, medicine, computer science, law. The Industrial Option prepares you for a professional career in industry, government or secondary education. There is also a five-year dual degree engineering program, which leads to a B.S. in Physics from Seton Hall and a B.S. in Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Jose Lopez: Fascinated by Physics
Professor Jose Lopez — an international expert on microplasmas who was named one of New Jersey’s “biggest brains” — on teaching and studying physics at Seton Hall.
The faculty of the Department of Physics is a community of renowned and active researchers. In one recent year, the physics faculty produced six peer-reviewed articles in high-impact journals, 17 papers presented at national and international conferences, two plenary lectures and four invited lectures. Our faculty members also hold prestigious research grants from NASA and the National Science Foundation and regularly include students (both undergraduate and graduate) in their research projects.
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As one of the country's leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been developing students in mind, heart and spirit since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Seton Hall is a place that nurtures compassionate leaders who are prepared to make a difference in the world.
Seton Hall offers all the advantages of a large research university - a national reputation; challenging academic programs; notable alumni; state-of-the-art facilities; renowned faculty; and extensive opportunities for internships, research and scholarship - with all the benefits of a small, supportive and nurturing environment.
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