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An advanced track for students in physics that will provide them with a wide range of opportunities. These include (1) graduate studies in physics or engineering, (2) an undergraduate degree  in engineering, and (3) job preparedness for R&D in physics and engineering-related fields.

The Program

The aim of the Engineering/Advanced Physics (EP) track is to prepare students for either graduate or undergraduate degrees in physics/engineering or industrial R&D fields related to engineering. This is done by combining a rigorous training in theoretical methods with advanced experiments. The new laboratory uses state-of-the-art equipment. This program also gives students an opportunity to carry out a research project with one of our faculty.

Who is this program for?

This physics program is intended for students with a strong interest in science and mathematics with a desire for exploring the physical world in the laboratory through experiment.

Our curriculum is organized so that a student will master basic physics through well designed experiments that supplement in-class theory. This approach has proven to be very successful in developing the problem-solving skills of students. In addition, it will make the student more competitive upon graduation. We offer a wide range of experimental courses in computer modeling, lasers, optics, material sciences and electronics. These courses enable students to tailor their future studies since our curriculum is broadly based and flexible.

What are the opportunities ahead?

(1) Upon successful completion of our four-year program, students may choose to pursue (a) a graduate degree in physics or (b) a graduate degree in engineering. In the latter case, we will assist the student in being placed in a masters program at one of our partner institutions.

(2) Students who complete three years of the program may transfer to a partner engineering school which can result in a BS degree in engineering (from the partner school) and a BA degree in physics (from Hunter) after a total of five years. 

(3) Students with high-technology skills may find careers in the industry.

Points of Contact

Engineering Advisor:
Professor Godfrey Gumbs
Phone: (212) 650-3935

Undergraduate Advisor:

Financial Aid

There is some grant support available for students enrolled in this program. Members of under-represented groups are invited to participate in research under the auspices of the federally funded MARC and MBRS programs.

The Department

The physics department at Hunter is very active in research and dedicated to teaching. Its faculty are internationally renowned scholars in the fields of materials science, optics, condensed matter and quantum information processing. Teacher/student ratios in major courses are very favorable and motivated undergraduates are encouraged to perform leading-edge research with our faculty.

Presently there are active research programs in the following areas:

  • Nuclear magnetic resonance and fuel cell materials
  • Atomic optics
  • Laser physics and laser devices
  • Femtosecond laser spectroscopy
  • Theoretical physics in density function theory, quantum optics, quantum computing, semiconductor physics, and signal processing

The Curriculum

The curriculum for the EP track combines valuable training in problem-solving and basic physics with enhanced experimental techniques using state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and in-class courses in modern engineering science. The Concentration also introduces students to a specific engineering discipline through coursework and research. This new program is also appropriate for preparing students to pursue careers in industry directly after undergraduate studies. It is also a stronger preparation for those interested in an academic career in engineering or applied physics. 

The course requirements for this track differ from those for the regular track in (1) more rigorous training in mathematics and basic physics, and (2) strong emphasis in the theory and laboratory in solid-state physics, electronics, photonics and material and nanotechnology.

The course requirements for the regular track and the EP track are tabulated for comparison.

Required Courses:

EP Track
Regular Track
Introductory Mechanics (PHYS 111) 5.5 5.5
Introductory E&M and Optics (PHYS 121) 5.5 5.5
Calculus I (MATH 150) 4 4
Calculus II (MATH 155) 4 4
Calculus III (MATH 250) 4 4
Differential Equations (MATH 254) 3 3
Chemistry 102 3*  
College Chemistry   9*
Electrical Circuits and Lab (PHYS 204) 4  
Electronics and Lab (PHYS 224) 4  
Photonics and Lab (PHYS 428) 4  
Electronics (PHYS 221)   4
Electronics Lab (PHYS 222)   2
Classical Mechanics Lab (PHYS 230)   2
Modern Physics Lab (PHYS 235)   2
Atomic and Nuclear (PHYS 330) 4 4
Intermediate E&M (PHYS 334)   4
Intermediate Mechanics (PHYS 335)   4
Thermodynamics (PHYS 336) 3  
Electromagnetic Theory I (PHYS 415) 3  
Electromagnetic Theory II (PHYS 416) 3  

At least one of the following:

EP Track
Regular Track
Vector Analysis Eq. (MATH 255) 3  
Theoretical Physics (MATH 301) 3  

At least one of the following labs:

EP Track
Regular Track
Materials/Nanotech Lab (PHYS 427) 2  
PHYS 230 2  
PHYS 235 2  

At least one of the following:

EP Track
Regular Track
PHYS 335 4  
Numerical Methods I (PHYS 385) 3  


EP Track
Regular Track
Total Number of Credits: 62 61


* May be substituted by one year of high school chemistry

Recommended Elective Courses: PHYS 425: Quantum Theory (3 cr.)


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