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Physics studies fundamental properties of matter and thus is arguably the most basic of all sciences. The goal of the Physics Department at Stern College for Women is to expose students to the diversity of problems and problem-solving techniques that can be used far beyond the scope of the physical sciences.

The department offers three majors: BA in physics, BA in physical sciences and BA in pre-engineering.

Students majoring in physics gain the foundational knowledge of physics and mathematics, as well as experience in a number of modern research techniques. These skills are required for careers as diverse as scientific research, engineering, medicine and financial analysis. Students may also choose to pursue graduate studies in physical sciences or engineering.

Physical sciences majors learn methods of solving different problems of the natural world. This major prepares students jobs in many technical fields, or they may choose to continue in a school of engineering or a graduate program in science or engineering.

The major in pre-engineering is part of combined plans in engineering with Columbia University and The State University of New York at Stony Brook. Under these plans, the student completes a BA at Yeshiva University and a BS at Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in five years or an MS in six years. The Stony Brook program allows students to obtain the BE or, in some cases, the ME in five years.

Mission Statement

The mission of the undergraduate physics, physical sciences and pre-engineering programs is to provide the highest possible educational experience in physics and the physical sciences for:

Students majoring in physics.
Students majoring in physical sciences.
Students majoring in pre-engineering.
Students minoring in physics.
Students taking service courses as a prerequisite for their majors

Program Student Learning Goals

  1. Students will be able to understand both the theoretical concepts and mathematical techniques of the major fields of physics such as classical mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, mathematical physics and special theory of relativity.
  2. Students will be able to apply measurements skills and modern laboratory techniques, such as using computer models, to perform numerical computations, to simulate physical phenomena and to collect and analyze data.
  3. Students will be able to Move successfully into graduate school or other professions where strong analytical and problem solving skills are required.
  4. Students will be able to communicate results of research effectively, both orally and in writing, individually and as a part of a team.


For more information, please contact Professor Lea Santos,