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Degree Options

The Department of Physics at Michigan Tech is a dynamic community of scholars dedicated to excellence in education and cutting-edge research. We offer three areas of study:

With our low student-to-faculty ratio (6:1) and our hallmark emphasis on laboratory research, students graduate from the physics department with a solid background in this fundamental science—plus a specialty in education, research, or applications of classroom theory, depending on which area of study they choose.

Physics majors can select a curriculum that prepares them for graduate school and a future in academia and research. Or, they can pursue an option that leads to secondary education certification as a physics teacher. Students majoring in applied physics typically go on to careers in industry and national research labs. Honors courses are available for physics majors, and students have flexibility in crafting individualized programs of study tailored especially to their strengths and interests.