Physics and Astronomy offers a variety of degree programs. All involve a set of core courses designed to develop basic knowledge of physics and critical thinking and analysis skills. Along with our physics major, astronomy concentration, and pre-medical concentration, we offer several options to train as a physics or science teacher (K-12). We also offer several dual BS Physics/Masters five-year programs. These combine a BS in Physics with either an MS in Applied Mathematics, an MBA (Masters in Business Administration), an MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) in Physics or Physical Science (with teacher certification), or a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (from Stevens Institute of Technology). Love physics but not ready to switch majors? Consider a minor in Physics.
Physics is at the heart of all natural science and engineering disciplines. It also teaches technical skills that are in high demand (data analysis, problem modeling, computation, designing experiments, technical writing/oral presentation). In addition to high-paying jobs, a physics degree is a great entry point for graduate study in other natural sciences (chemistry, biology, geology), engineering or computer science. Physics also provides great preparation for careers or further study in finance, business, law, and medicine. In fact, physics majors have among the highest scores on the MCAT and LSAT exams. Read our Why Study Physics page to learn more about the benefits of a physics degree and why you should join our department. For more information about our courses and advice for physics and CSAM majors, see our student advising page. Additional information can be found in our department flyer.
Physics Degree Programs (non-teaching)
- BS in Physics (PHYS) [curriculum guide pdf] [major map pdf]
- BS in Physics, Astronomy Concentration (PHAS) [curriculum guide pdf]
- BS in Physics, Pre-Medical Concentration (PHPM) [curriculum guide pdf] [see also our pre-med flyer]
- Minor in Physics [curriculum guide pdf]
Graduate (5-year dual degree options)
- BS in Physics, MS in Applied Mathematics 5-year dual degree program [curriculum guide pdf]
- BS in Physics, MBA (Masters in Business Administration) 5-year dual-degree program [curriculum guide pdf] [4+1 MBA change-of-major form]
- BS in Physics, MS Mechanical Engineering (five-year dual degree program with Stevens Institute of Technology) [curriculum guide pdf]
Teacher Training Degrees and Certificate Programs
Montclair State has a long tradition of training physics teachers. We offer several degree programs and certificates to train both new students and those with an existing degree to become physics or physical science teachers. There is an extreme shortage of physics teachers with a degree in the subject. Our graduates are in high demand and have an excellent record of finding jobs in top-performing school districts. Physics teachers also take a substantial number of Mathematics courses and are well-qualified to teach AP Calculus and other high school math. Learn more about why you should train to be a physics teacher (see here also). Scholarships and stipends are also available through Montclair State’s Noyce Science Teacher Scholarship Program.
Undergraduate & BS/MAT
- BS in Physics, with Teacher Certification in Physics, Preschool-Grade 12 (PHYE) [curriculum guide pdf]
- BS in Physics, with Teacher Certification in Physical Science, Preschool-Grade 12 (PHPS) [curriculum guide pdf]
- BS Physics/MAT Physics, 5-year dual degree program [curriculum guide pdf]
- BS Physics/MAT Physical Science, 5-year dual degree program [curriculum guide pdf]
Graduate only (MAT)
- Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), with Certification in Physics (single certification) [dual certification/Teacher of Students with Disabilities]
- Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), with Certification in Physical Science (single certification) [dual certification/Teacher of Students with Disabilities] [more information here]
- Physical Science (Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification) (Physical Science Certificate Requirements)
- Teacher Certification, Science Grades 5-8 (ESSC) (Interdisciplinary Program)
Our student advising page contains other useful information for physics majors and students enrolling in our introductory physics courses.
It is also a good idea for current or prospective students to review the following:
- Physics courses in the University Catalog
- University Graduation Requirements
- Academic Regulations
- University Policies and Procedures