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The program in physics is designed to enable a major to graduate with a sound and thorough preparation in basic physics. The student is prepared either for subsequent graduate study in physics or for employment in physics or allied fields at a level commensurate with a good undergraduate physics background. Individual study and participation in ongoing research within the department are encouraged for those interested and qualified. Research opportunities also exist in undergraduate research programs organized or sponsored by the American Institute of Physics and the National Science Foundation, on a competitive basis.
The physics major may be combined with undergraduate programs or selected course work in the areas of premedicine, prebusiness, and prelaw; this provides excellent credentials and background for entrance into professional programs in these fields. A modified physics program is also available to students in the field of education, which leads to certification for high school teaching in the area of physical science.
The applied physics program is offered jointly by the physics departments of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Newark (FAS–N) and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). It is designed to provide students with a broad background
in physics and, at the same time, to relate that background to work in many high-technology industries, such as microelectronics, laser technology, and systems design/control.
The program also prepares students for graduate studies in applied physics or, with some additional courses for specific requirements, in engineering or computer science.
The applied physics program consists of a common core of basic physics and mathematics courses and currently offers two tracks, one in computational physics and one in microelectronics. The computational physics track addresses industry’s current need for personnel in scientific computing, software design, modeling, and simulation. The microelectronics track augments standard training in microchip
engineering with the fundamental physics and mathematics underlying the technology necessary for research and development.
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