Physics

The Department of Physics at St. John's University offers three Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Physics, Mathematical Physics, and Physical Science, as well as a minor in Physics. We also offer combined B.S./M.B.A. programs that allow you to complete both degrees within five years.

Our courses cover a wide range of topics including electricity and magnetism, quantum theory, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics.

The St. John's chapters of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and Sigma Pi Sigma, the National Physics Honor Society, sponsor events like “Arduino Mondays” and “Fun Lab Fridays” that engage the community in physics-related activities.

Our faculty members are dedicated to your education in and beyond the classroom. All have active research programs, which are supported by various grants and fellowships.

Department Contact

Mostafa Sadoqi, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
St. Albert Hall, Room B-40
718-990-6167
[email protected]

Physics Minor

The Department of Physics offers a minor sequence for undergraduate students who wish to supplement their major fields of study with additional background in physical science. Students in Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy, Environmental Studies, and Education majors may be especially interested in the Physics minor.

The 16-credit Physics minor requires completion of the following courses:

  • PHY 1610 College Physics I
  • PHY 1620 College Physics II or PHY 1930 University Physics I
  • PHY 1940 University Physics II

Students in the minor must choose their remaining electives from among the following, in consultation with a departmental advisor:

  • PHY 1020 Physics in Words and Pictures
  • PHY 1030 Principles of Contemporary Science
  • PHY 1060 Introduction to Astronomy
  • PHY 1080 Our Planet
  • PHY 1090 The Science of Weather
  • PHY 1120 Energy and Environment
  • PHY 1140 Introduction to Space Science
  • PHY 1170 Universe: Introduction to Scientific Cosmology
  • PHY 1210 Planet Earth: Form and Structure
  • PHY 1220 Planet Earth: Historical Geology
  • PHY 1310 Physics of Sound and Music
  • PHY 1320 Physics of Light and Color
  • PHY 1340 Renewable Energy and Applications
  • PHY 1410 Introduction to General Physics
  • PHY 1430 Introduction to Physics
  • PHY 1440; 1450 Physics Theory I; II
  • PHY 1520 Earth Science
  • PHY 1530 Time Traveling
  • PHY 1950 Mathematics for Physical Science
  • PHY 1970 Introduction to Modern Physics
  • PHY 2110 Engineering Mechanics
  • PHY 2150 Thermodynamics
  • PHY 2460 Analytical Mechanics
  • PHY 3100 Biological Physics
  • PHY 3210; 3220; 3221 Electricity and Magnetism I; II; Laboratory
  • PHY 3240 Basic Electronics
  • PHY 3250; 3251 Optics; Laboratory
  • PHY 3270; 3280; 3291 Atomic and Nuclear Physics I; II; Laboratory
  • PHY 3310 Methods of Theoretical Physics
  • PHY 3330 Quantum Theory
  • PHY 3510 Electrical Systems
  • PHY 3520 Networks