Applied Physics

Stockton Physics inside the Observatory
Students demonstrate the physics of an optical illusion.
Students participate in a campus parade for the Physics club
The electron microscope being used by a professor
The Stockton Unified Science Center

Stockton’s Applied Physics Program is a launchpad for future physicists, engineers, and innovators.

Dive into hands-on experiments, internships, and independent research, guided by expert faculty.

Whether it’s advancing technology or exploring new frontiers, your journey into physics and beyond starts here!

About the Program

Our program is meticulously designed to nurture critical thinking, problem-solving, and innovation. Engage with a diverse array of topics, from the foundational principles of physics to the latest advancements in the field, all while being mentored by experienced faculty.

Our approach to learning emphasizes not just academic excellence, but also practical application, ensuring that our students are well-prepared for a spectrum of professional avenues. In this program, you'll find more than just a degree; you'll discover a path to shaping the future of science and technology.

Hands-on Learning
Experience physics beyond the textbooks with an emphasis on experiments and problem-solving.


for Applied Physics

  • Expert Faculty Mentorship
  • Innovative Teaching Methods
  • Internships and Research Opportunities
  • Diverse Career Paths
  • A Community of Innovators
  • Cutting-edge Facilities


Learn about Applied Physics at Stockton


The physics department at Stockton really feels like a family. The professors get to know you and want to guide you and help you succeed in any way they can.
Gracie Buondonno
Gracie Buondonno
Everybody is connected at Stockton, and communication is one of the most important parts that people overlook in Physics.
Haneef Abdul
Haneef Abdul
My favorite thing about Stockton's Applied Physics program is the research opportunities.
Colleen Lindenau
Colleen Lindenau
Stockton students get one-on-one time with their faculty members.
Breina Feltner
Breina Feltner


Personalize your Studies

Stockton's Applied Physics program extends far beyond its core curriculum, offering a broad spectrum of specialized subjects for in-depth study. Students have the opportunity to do research in fascinating fields such as Acoustics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Materials Science, Computational Physics, and more. Students interested in engineering are encouraged to take advantage of our Dual Degree in Physics and Engineering program.

Advanced Lab Equipment

Our observatory boasts one of New Jersey's most powerful telescopes, enabling students to engage in cutting-edge astronomy research. The Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) at our disposal facilitates intricate atom visualization and material surface mapping, with applications ranging from medical drug delivery to electrical engineering. Our laboratories are well-equipped to support a diverse array of physics and engineering experiments, ensuring a comprehensive and hands-on educational experience for our students.

Graduate Pathways

Unlock a pathway to success! Our graduates consistently achieve remarkable milestones by securing admission to prestigious graduate schools. Our alumni have been accepted into institutions such as:
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Rutgers University
  • George Washington University
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • and many more!

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Opportunities in Applied Physics

Applied Physics majors have the unique chance to engage in cutting-edge research projects, including working in the Harold E. Taylor Observatory right on campus. Research and Internships form a crucial part of our curriculum, offering practical training that’s directly relevant to students' future advanced studies and/or careers. Students have gained invaluable experience at renowned institutions like the Federal Aviation Administration Technical Center (FAATC), Argonne, Oak Ridge, and Brookhaven National Laboratories, among others.

Versatile Opportunities
Whether it's further studies, industry roles, or pioneering new technologies, our program opens doors to endless possibilities.

Active Student Involvement

The Society of Physics Students club is open to all students, offering an engaging platform to connect, collaborate, and enhance their academic experience. Go on field trips, help with community events, and make new friends, all while fostering your passion for physics.

Teaching Assistantships

Discover a unique opportunity to enhance your physics and math skills while actively contributing to our program! Students can engage as teaching assistants for Physics courses and as tutors in the Math Tutoring Center, gaining hands-on experience to solidify their understanding while helping their peers. Elevate your academic journey by joining a physics education research project, where your insights can shape future physics instruction.

Perform Independent Research

Physics students complete Senior Research Projects by joining our vibrant research community. Students can contribute to projects spanning acoustics, astronomy, nuclear physics, general relativity, biomedical physics, physics education, and more!

Unleash Your Potential

Embark on a journey of discovery and growth with Stockton’s Applied Physics Program. From joining the vibrant community of the Society of Physics Students to hands-on learning at our state-of-the-art facilities, every path leads to new insights and skills.


Graduates of Applied Physics are prepared for positions in industry, government and education, as well as for graduate work in graduate school in physics or related areas. 


Potential Careers

  • Nuclear physicist
  • Design engineer
  • Data science and strategic analytics
  • Materials scientist
  • Biomedical scientist/engineer
  • Computational scientist
  • Energy policy analyst
  • Gateway to professional careers [medical, veterinarian, dental, pharmacy]
  • Quantitative research analyst
  • Solar physicist
  • Aerospace systems
  • Acoustical engineer
  • Forensics firearms examiner
  • Seismologist
  • Laser engineer
  • Alternate and conventional energy production
  • Geophysics
  • Meteorology
  • Medical
  • Medical physicist
  • Sales and Marketing

The Student Career Center that is available to guide you through your career development journey - from CV writing, interview prep or general guidance.



Our curriculum is not just about theory; it emphasizes practical application through comprehensive laboratory work, ensuring a balanced and immersive educational experience. With a focus on keeping pace with the evolving landscape of physics, we prepare our students not just for academic success, but for a lifetime of scientific discovery and innovation.

The program provides three general orientations: industrial and government, physics teaching, and graduate school. It is possible for a student to obtain a Physics degree and to carry out a concentration in a related area such as Engineering, Mathematics, Biology, Computational Science, Marine Science, Business, Computer Sciences, Environmental Science, Energy, etc.

Faculty Mentorship
Learn from and work alongside our expert faculty. Their guidance in independent research projects fosters both academic and professional growth.

Degree Offerings

Bachelors of Science in Applied Physics

Recommended for students interested in going to a Physics Masters or Ph.D. program.

Bachelors of Arts in Applied Physics

Recommended for students interested in teaching physics in middle/high school. Completed with an Education Concentration.

Minor in Applied Physics

Recommended for students in other majors interested in physics

Bachelors of Science Dual-Degree in Applied Physics & Engineering

The program begins with three years at Stockton and concludes with two years at NJIT, Rowan or Rutgers, your choice! Students receive a BS in Applied Physics from Stockton at the end of the 4th year and a BS in Engineering from the partnered university at the end of the program, generally the 5th year.

Degree Works Curriculum & Transfer Equivalency Tool

You can see the curriculum for your area of interest using  Degree Works. This service is accessible even if you are not currently a student with Stockton University.

Instructions on How to Use Curriculum Tool


Joseph Trout

Joseph Trout

Program Coordinator Professor of Physics
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Neil Aaronson

Neil Aaronson

Professor of Physics
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Benjamin Agyare

Benjamin Agyare

Assistant Professor of Physics
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Jeffrey Dukes

Jeffrey Dukes

Teaching Specialist of Physics
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Philip Eaton

Philip Eaton

Assistant Professor of Physics
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Fang Liu

Fang Liu

Associate Professor of Physics
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John Russell Manson

John Russell Manson

Professor of Physics
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Benita Perez Villar

Benita Perez Villar

Instructor of Physics
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Monir H. Sharobeam

Monir H. Sharobeam

Professor of Engineering Sciences
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Yizhak Y. Sharon

Yizhak Y. Sharon

Distinguished Professor of Physics/ Weinstein Professor of Jewish Studies
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Embark on a physics adventure with our dynamic Applied Physics faculty, who bring a wealth of expertise spanning theoretical and experimental realms. Check out the current research being done or see what research topics NAMS faculty are inserted in beginning to something that ignites your curiosity! 


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Faculty Research

Dr. Neil Aaronson

Professor of Physics

Psychoacoustic researcher employing models to explain experimental findings for auditory perception. Investigates topics such as psychoacoustic phenomena, audio quality perception, room acoustics, and the intricacies of music perception.

Dr. Benjamin Agyare

Assistant Professor of Physics

Research interests include using computational tools to investigate the formation of Intrinsically Localized Vibration Modes in crystallized lattices. This research is crucial for understanding material properties, energy localization, and nonlinear dynamics, with broader implications for advancing materials science, technological applications, and the development of innovative technologies in areas such as phononic and photonic engineering. Additionally, interested in applying the Technology Acceptance Model to explore the integration of Artificial Intelligence in physics education.

Dr. Philip Eaton

Assistant Professor of Physics

Primarily works in Physics Education assessment analysis, and construction of learning resources like online lectures and recorded demonstration videos. Also, dabbles in introductory General Relativity and Quantum Field Theory projects with interested undergraduates.

Dr. Fang Liu

Associate Professor of Physics 

Biomedical and health physics investigating topics related to positron emission tomography (PET), surgical probe technology, and the biophysical aspects of medical applications.

Dr. John Manson

Professor of Physics

Uses mathematical models applied to hydraulics, hydrology, and engineering within the broader context of earth science. Focus areas include the development of models for understanding fluid dynamics in river systems, analyzing the hydrological processes in estuarine environments, and exploring the engineering implications for coastal regions.

Dr. Yitzhak Sharon

Distinguished Professor of Physics

Nuclear theorist who uses models to explain experimental data about nuclei. Nuclear properties studied are energy levels, electromagnetic transition probabilities, magnetic moments and quadrupole moments.

Dr. Monir Sharobeam

Professor of Physics

Mechanical engineering specializing in the mechanics of materials, fracture mechanics, and the application of finite element methods. Utilizes computer-aided drafting and design (CAD) to model and analyze mechanical structures. Investigates topics such as material behavior under stress, fracture mechanisms, and the simulation of complex structures using finite element methods.

Dr. Joseph Trout

Professor of Physics

Research interests spanning Atmospheric Physics, Astronomy, Climate Physics, Astrophysics, Food Physics, and Physics Education. Projects include studying the impact of urban heat on tomatoes in Philadelphia's community gardens, revitalizing the Stockton Observatory for astronomy research, analyzing vitamin E content in locally grown wheat, and exploring AI tools like ChatBots in Physics Education. Dr. Trout emphasizes student involvement in research, with students presenting findings at conferences and co-authoring publications.