The Physics Department is a major force in research and education at NJIT.
The goal of the Physics Department is to educate the next generation of scientists, engineers, and scientifically informed citizenry through a research-intensive education in the physical sciences and related technologies. In these days of rapid changes in science and technology, we are faced with the fact that progress requires interdisciplinary approaches. That is, many advances in science and technology are not within one discipline but occur at the boundaries of many disciplines. This is the essence of our Applied Physics program
Our research programs within the department therefore represent diverse fields. Major research programs include solar and terrestrial physics, imaging and photonics, and material science and condensed matter physics. Our laboratories are located on the NJIT campus and nationwide. These include facilities at Jenny Jump State Forest [NJ], Brookhaven National Laboratory [NY], the Big Bear Solar Observatory [CA], Huancayo [in the Andes of Peru], across the Antarctic continent, and even in orbit around the Earth. In fact, the Physics Department has more externally-funded research expenditures than entire Colleges at NJIT!
These research strengths are mirrored in our educational programs, with program concentrations consisting of specialized classes in these thematic areas. Our tenured and tenure-track faculty and lecturers form a core group of scholars who teach not only introductory physics classes for the NJIT community at large, but also teach specialized courses at the upper division and graduate level to prepare students for professional careers in Physics. The Department typically graduates ~10-15 undergraduate students per year, along with ~10 M.S. and 6-8 Ph.D. graduate students per year. This moderate student sized student population, coupled with extensive research endeavors, enables numerous opportunities for student research.