Applied Physics

Hands-on, practical education in physics, the study of solving problems and modeling complex systems.
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The Applied Physics Concentration (B.S. in Applied Science) is a hands-on, practical education in physics that will foster your success in the workplace or further education. It is the study of solving problems. Physicists are general problem solvers who can step into any job and start working.

Scientists in the field of Applied Physics

  • Are technical problem solvers
  • Ask basic questions about causal issues that drive industrial processes
  • Study materials on the atomic scale
  • Create mathematical models to simplify complex problems

Original Research Experiences

You will work with faculty on cutting-edge research projects to develop scientific and technical skills that prepare you for success in your chosen profession. The research opportunities will also develop your problem-solving skills which are highly valued by employers.  

The Applied Physics concentration will prepare you for summer opportunities at research institutions, government labs, or internships with scientific companies. You will have opportunities to present your research at local, regional, and national conferences such as the American Physical Society Conference or the National Conference of Undergraduate Research.

Current Applied Physics student research topics include:

  • Laser probing of atomic structure
  • Plasma processing and thin films
  • Modeling of molecular and gravitational systems

B.S. Applied Science + B.S. Mechanical Engineering

A degree in Applied Physics (B.S. in Applied Science) + a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering can be completed in five years.

Instrumentation and Facilities

While collaborating with other institutions you will have access to supplementary techniques, in addition to networking with professionals in the field. These facilities and instruments are incorporated into the laboratories of several courses.

  • Optical table and breadboards
  • Laser diodes
  • Helium Neon laser
  • Plasmon resonance reflective intensity monitor
  • Thin film vacuum coaters

After Graduation Employment or Continuing Education

The coursework, hands-on laboratories, instrumentation training, and research experiences will prepare you to work and be productive in a variety of fields including:

  • Electrical/Optical/Laser Engineer
  • Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineer
  • Programmer/Web Developer/IT Consultant

Or you may decide to attend a professional or graduate school after completing your bachelor’s degree to study:

  • Physics/Optical Science/Materials Science
  • Mechanical/Manufacturing/Materials Engineering
  • Aerospace/Civil/Geotechnical/Environmental Engineering
  • Geology/Geophysics/Astronomy/Astrophysics