College of Arts & Sciences

Students majoring in physics may choose one of the following three options leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.S.):

1. Applied Program for students desiring a conventional program in physics to be followed by graduate work in physics or a related field;

2. Industrial Program for those who intend to seek employment in industry or government, or those considering a career in secondary education; or

3. Five-Year Dual-Degree Program  (Physics/Engineering) This program, ideal for technically oriented students, is conducted jointly with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and leads to a B.S. degree in physics from Seton Hall University and a B.S. degree in biomedical, mechanical, electrical, industrial, computer or civil engineering from NJIT.  Students spend three years at Seton Hall and two years at NJIT.

The sequence and diversity of courses for all students will be worked out in consultation with a department adviser who may modify the program in view of each student’s background and objectives.
View the College of Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum requirements »

Major Program Requirements

In addition to meeting the core curriculum requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, each degree candidate must complete at least 68 hours (30 hours for Five-Year Dual Degree Physics/Engineering Program) the following coursework for the first three years.  Students must complete six credits at the 2000 level before taking any 3000-level courses.

 Physics Core Requirements   Credits
 PHYS 1701-1702  General Physics I-II  6
 PHYS 1705-1706  Principles of Physics I-II  6
 PHYS 1811-1812  Physics Laboratory I-II  2
 PHYS 1815-1816  Physics Laboratory and Data Analysis  3
 PHYS 2112  Physical Applications of Mathematical
 PHYS 2185  Introductory Modern Physics
 PHYS 2186  Waves and Oscillations
 PHYS 2883  Electronics I
 PHYS 3119  Mathematical Methods of Physics I
 PHYS 3121  Mechanics I  3
 PHYS 3185  Electricity and Magnetism I  3
 PHYS 3217  Modern Optics  3
 PHYS 3811-3815  Advanced Laboratory I-II  6
 PHYS 4811-4815  Advanced Laboratory III-IV  6
 Other Required Courses    
 CHEM 1123-1124  General Chemistry I-II  6
 CHEM 1125-1126  General Chemistry Lab I-II  2
 MATH 1401-2411  Calculus I-III  12
 CSAS 1113  Computing for Science Majors  4
   Students intending to pursue graduate work must take a minimum of 12 elective credits from the following list. Students should select courses in consultation with their departmental adviser.  
 CHEM 3411  Physical Chemistry I  3
 PHYS 3122  Mechanics II  3
 PHYS 3186  Electricity and Magnetism II  3
 PHYS 4211-4212  Quantum Mechanics I-II  3
 PHYS 4219  Statistical Physics  3
   A student planning industrial employment must take the following:  
 CHEM 2215  Analytical Chemistry I  4
 PHYS 2894  Electronics II  3

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