College of Arts & Sciences

All physics courses are taught by our dedicated Ph.D. faculty. Our classes are small, and students receive highly individualized attention. Qualified students participate in ongoing, federally funded research projects beginning in their sophomore year. We have an active Society of Physics Students, a subdivision of the American Institute of Physics, and qualified students are annually inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma, the National Physics Honor Society. Summer internship and co-op participation are highly recommended. Our dual degree in physics and engineering with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) significantly enhances student opportunities in an increasingly competitive job market. Students can also pursue employment opportunities within the department. 

The Applied Option prepares students for graduate or advanced study in physics or an allied field, such as astronomy, engineering, mathematics, chemistry, the geosciences, medicine, life science technologies, law or computer science.
The Industrial Option is designed to prepare students for a professional career in industry, government or secondary education.
The Five-year Dual Degree Engineering Program is offered jointly with NJIT, leading to a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Seton Hall and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial or mechanical) from NJIT.  

Students in all three physics curriculum options complete the same physics core requirements for the first three years. Those who select the physics/engineering option are required to take selected NJIT courses before they transfer to NJIT. Students in the other options must complete the physics curriculum in the fourth year.

To talk to a faculty adviser, contact Mehmet Alper Sahiner, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Physics at (973) 761-9050 or

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