Applied Physics

Physics, Applied

What do biomolecular modeling, nanotube research, and the Guinness Book of World Records have in common? They’re all part of the applied physics program at Michigan Tech! Our program has a unique focus on atmospheric physics and biomolecular modeling and bioinformatics. Plus, we’re one of the few schools to offer an undergraduate minor in astrophysics and the opportunity to tailor your education according to your interests by crafting a concentration. A crazy-smart major to consider? We sure think so.

What You Need to Know About This Program

  • Michigan Tech is one of the few schools to offer an undergraduate minor in astrophysics. Or select a minor in nanoscale science and engineering (nanotechnology) or remote sensing. You can also become certified to teach through the secondary teacher certification option.
  • Research is a requirement for all students with opportunities available as early as the summer after your first year. We have strong computational quantum, astrophysics, and materials physics groups and many of our students receive funding through the Summer Undergradute Research Fellowship (SURF) program.
  • You’ll have access to the Amjoch Observatory, with a computer-controlled Meade 16-inch LS-200 telescope (complete with ST-8 CCD camera and UBVRI filters) for astrophysical research projects.
  • The Physics Learning Center is available as a place to get extra help with course work or to be employed as a coach.
  • Our facilities include the Pierre Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory as well as laboratories for atmospheric physics, atomic and molecular laser spectroscopy, cloud physics, integrated photonics and materials integration, quantum optics, and more.
  • Over a century after the fact, the Guinness Book of World Records recognized the entire Michigan Tech 1901 physics faculty for constructing the world's longest pendulum — 4,440 feet!

The accessibility to research at Michigan Tech gives you an edge when it comes to looking for summer positions at national labs and other universities. In addition, our students have presented at national meetings—American Geophysical Union and American Astronomical Society—and have had their research published in peer-reviewed journals such as Geophysical Research Letters and Applied Physics Letters.

Learn more about applied physics at Michigan Tech!