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The Physics Department offers a full spectrum of courses and research opportunities leading to the M.A. degree in Physics. This program prepares the student for a variety of scientific careers, the most common of which are Teaching, Medical or Health Physicist, Computer Programming or Physics related jobs in industry, e.g., with semi-conductor companies. It can also satisfy the first thirty credits required for the Ph.D. degree in Physics.
Truly outstanding majors are able to participate in the B.A.-M.A. program upon recommendation of the Department Chair.
Queens College is one of the four Senior Colleges of CUNY participating in the Ph.D. program in Physics. The Ph.D. program is a City University program, and is administered as such, with central administrative offices located at the City University Graduate School. Never-the-less all research in a variety of theoretical and experimental fields leading to the Ph.D. degree in Physics can be carried out at Queens College.
The Pre-Engineering program at Queens College is administered by the Physics Department. It offers courses that are equivalent to those taken in the first two years of Engineering school. By choosing a proper selection of these courses, Queens College students can transfer into the fourth or fifth semester of most Engineering schools in the country. Formal transfer programs are articulated with City College and Columbia University.
The Physics Department also offers an introductory sequence which is required for students in the Pre-Health Professional track. Students who take this track go on to either Medical School, Optometry School or a Physical Therapy Program.
Queens College Department of Physics is one of four senior colleges in the City University of New York (CUNY) Ph.D. Physics consortium. The Graduate School of the University is the Ph.D. degree granting institution. The Ph.D. program is organized around the collective strength of the four colleges and the 90 CUNY wide faculty. There are currently over 90 students in the program. The doctoral program has earned high marks in the latest national ranking.
The Ph.D. Physics alumni of the university are employed in a wide variety of academic, industrial, financial, and government positions.
The graduate courses are offered at the Graduate School currently located on 34th Street and Fifth Avenue. The research laboratories are located at the individual colleges. The Ph.D. Program is centrally administered and coordinated by the Graduate School.