Department of Physics faculty and staff, from left to right: Donna Comly, Doug Kurtze, Paul Angiolillo, Mark Scafonas, Albert Einstein, Piotr Habdas, and Brian Forster.

The Department of Physics at Saint Joseph’s University would like to welcome you to our web site. Our Department is a community - of faculty, staff, students and alumni - dedicated to excellence in education in general and excellence in physics education in particular.

Physicists 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). Physics primarily is the science that deals with exploring the rules of nature and the fundamental understanding of nature that comes from the study of physics is central to all the natural sciences, applied sciences and technology, and thus profoundly affects the life of every human along with his or her environment.

The Department of Physics at Saint Joseph's has developed a research-oriented culture for both its faculty and students. It is expected that most students will be involved with some sort 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.

Isabella Goodenough '16 (Chemistry major and Physics minor) and Dr. Paul J. Angiolillo.
Isabella Goodenough '16 (Chemistry major and Physics minor) and Dr. Paul J. Angiolillo.

Department News and Notices

Physics Students Win National Recognition

Congratulations to the Society of Physics Students (SPS) Chapter mentored by Dr. Mark Scafonas. The National Council has reviewed all chapter reports and has awarded the Saint Joseph’s University SPS Chapter as a 2019-2020 Outstanding Chapter. All chapter award winners will be recognized on the Outstanding Chapter Award page in the coming weeks. This is […]

Computational Engineering & Applied Physics Minor

The Departments of Computer Science, Physics, and Mathematics offers an interdisciplinary minor in Computational Engineering & Applied Physics. The minor is intended for students who wish to study the development and application of computational models and simulations, coupled with high-performance computing, to solve complex physical problems arising in engineering analysis and design (computational engineering) as […]

Physics Receives a Generous Gift

The Department of Physics has received a Robert Kilgannon Allen ‘49 Endowment Fund. The main purpose of the Fund is to provide support to the Department of Physics and undergraduate students who are majoring in Physics. With this Fund we will be able to support our students and the Department in conference travel, external seminar […]