Physics student working on an experiment involving lasers.


Physicists strive to discover more about the way our world works—from the smallest particles to the largest galaxies. You’ll explore the physical properties behind the behavior of the universe through a curriculum that prepares you for graduate school and a future in academia and research, or share your knowledge and love of physics with tomorrow’s problem solvers as a physics teacher.

Customize your degree with:

Choose from either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS). As a BA major, you’ll 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. Focus areas are available in

  • Astrophysics
  • Atmospheric physics
  • Computational physics
  • Experimental physics
  • Computational biophysics

Minors are available in

Take courses like:

  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Optics
  • Quantum Physics
  • Galactic Astrophysics
  • Theoretical Physics

Get hands-on experience like:

  • Conducting your own undergraduate research project through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program
  • Working directly with faculty mentors on research projects involving cloud physics, materials and laser physics, and integrated magneto-photonics.
  • Using state-of-the-art equipment for lab assignments, research, and projects such as the Amjoch Observatory, which is equipped with a computer-controlled Meade 16-inch LS-200 telescope, complete with the ST-8 CCD camera and UBVRI filter
  • Getting involved in the Society of Physics Students, a national professional organization

Get a job like:

  • Laboratory Technician
  • High School Physics Teacher
  • Coordinator of Youth Programs
  • Laboratory and Demonstration Coordinator

Work for companies like:

  • High schools
  • Universities
  • Government agencies

Learn more about physics at Michigan Tech!