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About the Department

Unravel the laws and forces that govern the entire universe. Start with physics fundamentals before focusing on the area that most fascinates you: astrophysics, geophysics, biomedical physics, physics education, materials science, and more. Working closely with faculty mentors, students develop the kind of competencies—analytical and mathematical skills as well as problem solving, conceptual thinking, and teamwork—necessary for success in many careers.

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Close Contact Classes

Small, lab-based courses give students lots of contact with both professors and high-tech instrumentation. Class size ranges from 10 to 24 students, and even our intro-level labs are taught by full-time faculty members. In well-equipped labs, students learn to use instrumentation in optics, astronomy, seismology, atomic and plasma physics, and more.

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A Range of Research

Our faculty are all active teacher-scholars, with diverse research expertise: Quasars and black holes. Neuronal networks. Lasers and plasmas. Atmospheric ice crystals. Earthquakes and volcanoes. This extensive range of knowledge lets us accommodate nearly any research interest. Our students do high-quality work, presenting and publishing in respected academic and professional forums.

Not Just for Physicists

Physicists are generalists and can do anything! We would know—TCNJ ranks in the top 1% nationally among peer institutions in graduating physics majors. Many pursue graduate study in physics, geosciences, engineering, and more. Some become teachers, doctors, journalists, and lawyers. Others enter the workforce in research, technical, and development roles.

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