Develop real-world solutions.
Applied physics is perfect for students fascinated by physics, but who don’t see themselves strictly pursuing a laboratory position. You’ll be prepared for a career in industry or engineering allowing you to apply physical principles to the development of innovative solutions.
Small classes, concentrated research, and program choices are tailored to what you want to do—whether that’s teaching, graduate work, or another profession that puts your critical thinking and solid science base to best use. Specialize your studies in an application area like biophysics, alternative energy, or entrepreneurship. Use the AMJOCH Observatory. Join the Society of Physics Students, a national professional organization. Conduct your own research or work directly with faculty mentors on research projects involving cloud physics, materials and laser physics, and integrated magneto-photonics. At Michigan Tech, you can even get paid for your research—as early as your first year.
"You can only learn it by doing it, by solving the problems, by getting your hands dirty in the lab, by making mistakes and figuring out where you went wrong and fixing them. You have to do physics."