St. John's College of Liberal Arts and SciencesQueens Campus
Physics is a demanding but rewarding major that leads to an exciting array of career opportunities, as well as further graduate study.
Our program prepares you with the necessary technical knowledge and skills, intellectual curiosity, and ethical awareness to become a life-long learner. You will learn to demonstrate understanding and application of fundamental physical laws and concepts, communicate scientific work effectively in writing and speaking, use computers for computation and simulation, and participate in society as a scientifically literate person.
As a Physics major, you may be eligible to pursue pathways to graduate programs in the School of Education.
Mostafa Sadoqi, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
St. Albert Hall, Room B-40
For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission.
The major requires 41 credits including:
You will also complete three elective credits approved by the department.
As a Physics major, you will also complete the following Mathematics and Computer Science courses:
Your career in physics will allow you to study how various forms of matter and energy interact. For example, theoretical physicists study the nature of time or the origin of the universe. Other professionals design and perform experiments with sophisticated equipment such as particle accelerators, electron microscopes, and lasers.
If you wish to pursue a career in research or academia, you will need to earn a Ph.D. However, there are positions in the federal government that typically require only a bachelor’s degree in physics.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of physicists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. This projected employment growth includes the areas of scientific research and development services, educational services, and healthcare and social assistance industries.