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Department of Physics

The Department of Physics is a community of faculty, staff, students and alumni dedicated to excellence in education in general and excellence in physics education in particular. As a physics student, you will study the properties and behavior of matter and energy in a wide variety of contexts, ranging from the sub-microscopic particles from which all ordinary matter is made (particle physics) to the behavior of the Universe as a whole (cosmology).

The Department of Physics has developed a research-oriented culture for both its faculty and students. It is expected that most students will be involved with some level of research activity over their four-year development in the discipline of physics. The ability to put into practice what is learned in the classroom is paramount to your growth as a young scientist.

In the research laboratory, you will learn to ask appropriate questions, design and perform experiments to answer those questions, analyze data using computational methods and draw appropriate conclusions. Students will also be exposed to the interfaces of physics and biology and physics and chemistry, exposing them to how the methods of physics are central to addressing key problems in other disciplines.

To learn about student activities please visit The Society of Physics Students.

News & Announcements


Saint Joseph’s University and Drexel University College of Engineering have signed and executed an articulation agreement for BS/MS 4+1 program which will allow students to earn in 5 years a BS in Physics from SJU and a Masters either in Materials Science and Engineering or Electrical Engineering from Drexel University.


For more information please contact:

Elia V. Eschenazi, PhD

Professor and Acting Chair

Saint Joseph’s University


There is a daunting shortage of Physics teachers in Pennsylvania and nationwide. Physics teachers are now in high demand. Which means many positions will be available for Physics teachers. It is a very rewarding career. If you are interested to become a Physics teacher, at Saint Joseph’s University we have a great program.

With the Physics Education track in the Physics curriculum a student can complete the double majors in Physics and Education and earn secondary-education (7-12) certification in four years.


For more information please contact:

Elia V. Eschenazi, PhD

Professor and Acting Chair

Saint Joseph’s University



Presented by Department of Physics, Saint Joseph's University

June 19–24, 2023
Saint Joseph's University
University City Campus
600 S. 43rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

FREE to ALL students and teachers - High School Physics Research Camp Flyer

For details please visit: High School Physics Research Camp

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Explore Our Department

Faculty are well-versed in the physics of soft condensed matter, fluid dynamics, granular materials and much more.

Why study Physics?

  • Physics truly is one of the most exciting and interesting subjects one can study. Discoveries from physics have revolutionized the world and will certainly continue to do so. Between the innermost workings of the nucleus and the outer edges of the visible universe lies the playground of physics. Combining imagination with systematic reasoning, the physicist seeks to understand the laws of nature, the structure of matter and the behavior of physical processes — the keys to many of the universe's secrets. The area of physics covers such intriguing topics as lasers, superconductors, black holes, quantum mechanics, big bang theory, relativity and more. It also covers more basic but still fascinating questions such as why the sky is blue, why sunsets are red and why ice floats. In short, physicists are explorers trying to understand the world around them.

  • Physics is sometimes referred to as the "liberal arts" degree of technology because physics majors can go on to careers in fields such as computer science, engineering, research and development and biology. Obtaining an undergraduate degree in physics is a way to keep your options open. It tells prospective employers this person has what it takes to succeed. The physics major learns to start with an ill-posed problem, formulate it quantitatively, solve it and communicate the results clearly — skills that transfer readily to many fields. The American Institute of Physics has the latest data available on employment and career trends in physics

  • The physics department graduates about 3-5 majors each year which means that there are only 3-10 students in each physics majors course. This means that you'll get more personalized attention. 

  • Physics majors have a reputation for solid mathematical skills, strong problem-solving ability and good work ethic. It is these fundamental skills that allow them to work successfully in so many different areas.

  • According to data from the American Institute of Physics, students who major in physics often pull in high starting salaries. 

Alumni Spotlight

ryan stull '15

I graduated from Saint Joseph's in 2015 where I majored in physics and computer science. While at St. Joe's, I learned about physics, computers, software and mathematics. However, the most important thing I learned was to push myself. That work ethic is something that has helped me in every aspect of my life. Currently, I'm working at Impact Inc. as a big data engineer. I work on the data platform team where we deal with the movement, storage and processing of the vast amounts of data that come in."

ryan stull '15

Ryan Stull '15

Data Engineer, Impact Inc.

gianna valentino

I received my B.S. in physics with a minor in mathematics from Saint Joseph's in 2014. Thereafter, I attended Johns Hopkins University and completed my Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. In June 2020, I joined the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) as a postdoctoral fellow in the Research and Exploratory Development Department. At APL, I'm part of the multifunctional materials and nanostructures group working on alloy design and development for high-temperature structural materials."

gianna valentino

Gianna Valentino '14

Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

zachery brown

I graduated from Saint Joseph's in 2017 after majoring in physics and philosophy. During that time, I worked on several research projects in Piotr Habdas’s lab investigating the physical properties of dense colloidal materials. After graduation, I moved to Rochester, New York where I am currently living and pursuing a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Rochester. In my current research, I use maps of the structure of the universe to look for signatures of baryon acoustic oscillations, which are enormous sound waves in the early universe that affect where galaxies form."

zachery brown

Zachery Brown '17

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Rochester

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