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Rowan's Physics major balances general physics courses that develop analytical skills needed for any career direction with more advanced courses in highly technical areas. The department also offers coursework in astronomy and astrophysics. Personal attention is a hallmark of the program: enrollment in laboratory-based physics classes is limited to 24 students per section, and all lectures and labs are taught by faculty, not teaching assistants. Students have access to state-of-the-art equipment, including the Atomic and Molecular Physics Laboratory and the Solid State Physics Laboratories. Physics majors can enter fields such as education, going on to teach at the secondary level, or pursue an advanced degree to become a college profesor and/or conduct research; others may enter fields such as busiess, computers, engineering, finance, law, and medicine.
Physics students have access to the Atomic and Molecular Physics Laboratory which houses several lasers that provide light at a large range of wavelengths, enabling students to probe atomic and molecular phenomena. The Solid State Physics facilities include a variety of instruments used to evaluate the fundamental physics of different materials. Among the instrumentation in these labs are a microwave resonance apparatus and a superconducting electromagnet/cryostat system capable of reaching magnetic fields of six Tesla and temperatures as low as 1.8 Kelvin.
The Department has extensive data collection instrumentation in all laboratories. Each general physics laboratory features twelve experimental stations configured with computers and instrument interfaces which are used in introductory classes for data collection and analysis, allowing students to concentrate on physical phenomena rather than tedious measurements. Several general purpose computer labs are also located throughout the building. Research laboratories also take advantage of computer-interfaced data acquisition and analysis using additional Macintosh, Pentium and Unix/Linux computers.