Welcome to the Physics Department
The Physics Department offers MS in Photonics (Professional Science Master’s) and MA in Physics degrees, BS and BA (with Applied Physics track and a regular track) degrees in Physics, Physics minor, major in physics education, and a pre-engineering program. The Photonics MS Program prepares students for immediate employment in high-tech companies by providing them with an understanding of modern optics, measurement techniques, photonic devices and the tools, as well with communication skills and basic understanding of economics of high-tech industries. More detailed description of industries employing photonics specialists can be found on the website of National Photonics Initiative. The Photonics MS degree may be obtained by taking only evening courses. The Physics MA program is a more traditional program intended for students who need additional preparation before entering Physics or Engineering PhD programs, students who want to advance their quantitative and problem – solving skills before entering other fields such as quantitative finances, actuarial sciences, etc., as well as for students seeking teaching careers in secondary schools. The BS and BA degrees in Physics differ by the level of rigor, but both prepare students for careers in a wide variety of technical disciplines, for graduate school in physics or engineering, or for a science teaching career. The pre-engineering program allows student to complete the BA degree in Physics following the Applied Physics track, and to subsequently transfer to one of the engineering programs at Columbia University. Students in the pre-engineering program have an opportunity to graduate with both physics and engineering degrees.
All faculty members of the Department are also doctoral faculty at CUNY Graduate Center and are involved in mentoring PhD students.
The study of physics provides students with strong analytical skills and a foundation for understanding other basic sciences. The physics curriculum covers the topics of mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, optics, relativity, quantum mechanics, and specialized topics in classical and modern physics. Experimental skills are developed in several laboratory courses. Qualified undergraduates may take graduate level courses, and may participate in internationally respected experimental and theoretical research efforts within the department.