Physics & Astronomy
Students can best prepare for a major in Physics by taking a challenging college preparatory or honors program in high school that includes mathematics through calculus, physics, chemistry and biology. For more information, contact the Admissions Office.
If you are planning to visit the campus, to attend an official Tour or Open House and are interested in our programs, we encourage you to drop by and visit us. You can call or e-mail our department directly and we can schedule a tour of Science Hall and you can see our teaching and research facilities, sit in on a class, talk with some of our students and meet some of our faculty.
With 150 student organizations there are plenty of ways to have fun and get involved. The Astronomy Club and the Physics Club give students the opportunity to meet other science majors, learn about career opportunities and hear from visiting speakers. The Physics Club, a Society of Physics Students chapter, has earned several awards including:
Many students travel to state and national conferences where they present and publish finding from their research. For excample, our students were seen at:
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is located on the first floor of Science Hall on the campus of Rowan University. The core of our facilities includes seven well-equipped teaching labs and eight state-of-the-art research labs. Astronomy education also relies upon the use of a rooftop observatory housing a 16" DFM telescope, and the Edelman Planetarium with a Spitz dome, Spitz 1024 star projector, all-sky slide projection system, and three video projectors. Two additional general purpose classrooms and many student centered spaces including a large atrium and many comfortable student work spaces round out the space available for physics education in Science Hall.
The seven teaching-labs support general physics, liberal arts physics, astronomy, and upper level physics courses. At Rowan, all lab courses are limited to 24 students and each teaching lab is equipped with 12 computers for student use. These computers are used in classes for running simulations, on-line experiments, on-line problem solving and collecting data and analyzing from PASCO lab interfaces which drive numerous probes including photogates, motion sensors, magnetic field sensors and many more. These teaching-labs replace the traditional lecture hall and students are active learners daily in these spaces.
We have eight active research facilities which foster student/faculty collaborative research including labs for Magnetics, Physical Properties, Thin Film Fabrication, Microscopy, Ultrafast Spectroscopy, Laser Cooling, Computational Physics, and Astronomy and Astrophysics. Each is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment. We have been fortunate to purchase several new pieces of equipment through a mixture of NSF equipment grants (DMR0216795 and DMR0114073), a major state grant from the Commission on Higher Education, a major grant from NASA and additional internal funding. Below are links to sites containing information about each of the research programs and activities undertaken within the facilities.
Rowan Physics graduates are employed in a variety of exciting professions or enrolled at many fine graduate schools throughout the country. Employers include many high-tech industries, engineering and design firms and high schools. Areas of graduate study include experimental physics, theoretical physics, engineering and mathematics. Check our our Alumni page for more details.