Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences. Discoveries in physics have had a major impact on all science and engineering fields. Quantum mechanics, for example, has transformed chemistry and is now extending our understanding of biology. Developments in condensed matter physics, such as the transistor and the invention of the laser, have become the foundation of electronics and communications. Finally, more recently, physics has contributed to the field of biology by providing a vital framework for predictive modeling and new instrumentation.
A physics curriculum provides the knowledge of fundamental science needed for a deep understanding of these ideas. A degree in physics opens a rich diversity of options to the graduating student. Approximately one-half of physics graduates go on to graduate school. Those not attending a graduate program enter employment in physics or such related fields as electronics, computers, engineering, and teaching. See our page on recent graduates for examples. Our department has developed learning goals for all students who take our courses.
Rutgers-Camden’s Department of Physics offers a flexible degree program to its majors. Students will be prepared for both graduate study and industrial employment. In the classroom, they will receive well-rounded exposure to classical and modern physics. For practical training, the department is equipped with advanced materials characterization equipment, lasers, optics, and vacuum equipment. Students with an interest in Computational Biophysics can access high performance computing facilities under the supervision of faculty.
All physics students will perform a major research project in their third or fourth year. Recent students have presented research posters at Rutgers-Camden’s A Celebration of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity (CURCA) and have also co-authored journal pubications for Journal of Applied Physics, Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, and Chemical Physics Letters.
We invite prospective students to explore our website, to learn more about the Faculty and the Research they spearhead with the assistance of undergraduates. More information on the curriculum (such as course offerings and requirements) can also be found on our Degree Programs and Courses pages. Students interested in attending are more than welcome to contact us as well, to inquire about a tour of the department or the opportunity to sit in on a class.
For more information on how Rutgers-Camden’s Department of Physics and other departments in science, mathematics and engineering are working together to improve the resources, networking and research abilities for students, please visit the webpage for the University’s Q-STEP Program, here.