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Department of Physics

The Physics Department at Farmingdale State College provides its students with an understanding of the interactions among all forms of matter, energy, and space. Toward this end, the Department offers each student a physics education carefully tailored to suit his/her needs at all levels of baccalaureate education.

Students pursuing science-related or technically-oriented degrees take either the algebra-based College Physics sequence (PHY 135 and PHY 136) or the calculus-based Physics sequence (PHY 143 and PHY 144). Students who complete these sequences may also choose from a number of electives covering such fields as electromagnetic theory and modern physics.

Students not pursuing a science-related field of study may choose from among a diverse assortment of physical science courses, including astronomy, meteorology, geology, and the environment. These specialized courses for non-science students are taught by faculty with strong interest and expertise in the respective sub-disciplines. Students have the opportunity to taste the flavor of science and to appreciate its value to humanity in a technical society.

For more information, please call or e-mail:

Dr. Lloyd Makarowitz , Chairperson, at (631) 420-2188.

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Click below to e-mail the faculty and staff:

Lloyd Makarowitz, Chairperson and Professor


George N. Caviris, Professor


Yuen S. Chinn, Professor


Gary Ferrigno, Associate Professor


Bryan J. Field, Assistant Professor


Peter J. Nolan, Professor


Morton P. Seitelman, Professor


Jack W. Simonson, Assistant Professor


Solomon O. Ayo, Instructional Support Specialist

Michael Raffanello, Instructional Support Associate

Linda M. Rennie, Department Secretary

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Dr. Peter Nolan's Textbooks 


Department of Physics, Lupton 200

Farmingdale State College of the State University of New York

2350 Broadhollow Road

Farmingdale, NY 11735

Phone: 631-420-2188

Fax: 631-420-2327


Please E-mail suggestions and comments concerning Physics Department Web Pages to  Dr. Lloyd Makarowitz, who is responsible for these pages. Thank you.