Einstein and Newton… without them we wouldn’t know that E = mc2 or how the theory of gravity works. How crazy would that be? If you find physics fascinating (we challenge you to say that five times fast), you’d be crazy not to consider Michigan Tech. With among the nation’s few undergrad minors in astrophysics and nanotechnology and a unique focus on atmospheric physics, biomolecular modeling, and bioinformatics, our physics degree is one of the best in the country.
What You Need to Know About This Program
- Choose from a bachelor of arts (BA) or a bachelor of science degree (BS). As a BA major, you will have a liberal arts degree that provides you with a foundation in physics while also allowing you to pursue other interests. If you're looking to continue on to grad school or a career in a physics field, the BS degree is your best option.
- Customize your degree with a minor in astrophysics, nanoscale science and engineering (nanotechnology), or remote sensing. Or become certified to teach physics 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 research 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.
- Michigan Tech plays a major role in international collaboration studying the universe’s highest energy cosmic rays thanks to our Pierre Auger Observatory.
- We have a state-of-the art atmospheric physics laboratory for the study of ice nucleation in clouds and turbulence.
- Take advantage of our physics faculty’s research expertise in areas such as atmospheric physics, experimental and theoretical astrophysics, computational and experimental condensed matter/solid state/materials physics, computational and experimental atomic and molecular physics, and computational biophysics.
- The Physics Learning Center is available as a place to get extra help with course work or to be employed as a coach.
- 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 makes 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.