Introductory Physics Students

Physics and Astronomy

Update on Department activity during the coronavirus pandemic

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has moved to a fully online mode of operation. All instruction is 100% online, including all lab courses. Faculty will hold office hours online and will be available for remote student advising. Richardson Hall and the Department office is closed to the pubic, but department staff are regularly checking email and voicemail. All department events (including seminars, telescope night, and physics club activities) are cancelled until further notice. Tutoring for physics courses will move online (details forthcoming on our tutoring page). See President Cole’s recent message to the University and the University’s coronavirus website for more information. 

We are fully committed to the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We are also fully committed to continue delivering quality instruction to our students and bringing this semester’s courses to completion.

Students should not come to the department to meet with faculty or staff—the building is locked and all department business, advising, and instruction will be handled remotely via email, video conferencing, or phone.  Students have no need to access any of the department lab, classroom, or office spaces. No department course or activity requires your physical presence in Richardson Hall. We are committed to helping you address your problem via phone or online interactions.

Any students needing course permits for the summer or fall should email Ms. Kinga Picerno. (Summer instruction will be fully online.) All credit adjustment or other forms will be handled via email. Faculty are expected to hold online office hours and will continue advising their students via email/video conferencing. Physics majors needing help with fall registration should contact their assigned physics advisor.

Please contact me via email with any course or academic advising concerns that you are not able to resolve with your instructor or assigned advisor. Questions about signing up for introductory physics courses (in the summer or fall) should be directed to Ms. Kinga Picerno. We continue to welcome new physics students and transfer students—please contact me by email if you would like to discuss our department programs. 

The coronavirus pandemic is a national emergency, and your personal behavior can have very serious consequences for yourself and others. Follow CDC and Whitehouse directives, as well as executive orders from Governor Murphy (esp. order 107 directing NJ residents to remain at home). We strongly urge all students to practice social distancing, work and study from home if possible, wash hands frequently, cough into your elbow, avoid gatherings, suspend unnecessary travel/shopping/visits, and practice healthy living habits (proper nutrition, regular and sufficient sleep and exercise, stress reduction). Be mindful that even young people can suffer serious effects from COVID-19, and that you might spread the virus if you do not have symptoms.  

Good luck, stay safe, and act responsibly.

Prof. Marc Favata, Chairperson, Physics & Astronomy

Feature image for Professor Assists in Proving Einstein's Theory Again

Physics is awesome!

From the big bang and black holes to atoms and photons, Physics and Astronomy are about studying nature on a fundamental level, from scales large to small. Curious about how the world works? Interested in gaining an incredible skill set that will make you attractive to a wide range of employers? Join us!

professor and student performing research

Faculty Research

Department research areas include gravitational waves, fluid mechanics, experimental optics, astrophysics, and science education. Student research opportunities are available. Learn more and get involved!

Our Faculty & Staff

Department Research

News and Announcements

More Physics & Astronomy News

More Information

Professor Martin and student doing research.

Student Advising

Useful info for majors, prospective majors, and intro physics students.
Learn More about Student Advising

Photo of physics graduates.

Physics Club

Join our student-faculty community! All interested in physics are welcome!
Learn More about the Physics Club

Student presenting research.

Seminars and Events

See our schedule of department seminars and other public events.
View Schedule

woman with backpack in CELS interior


Opportunities for merit and need-based assistance.
Learn More about Scholarships

Department Information

Contact Physics and Astronomy
Richardson Hall

Department Administrators

Name Title Location Phone Email
Marc Favata Chairperson Richardson Hall, 213 973-655-4406
Kinga Picerno Program Associate Richardson Hall, 213 973-655-7794

View all Physics and Astronomy Faculty and Staff
Need a course permit? Click here.
Need tutoring help with your physics classes? Click here.