Unlock the Secrets of the Universe: Study Physics
Are you interested in how the universe works? Then a BS in Physics just might be the degree for you. You’ll examine the theories around energy and matter. You’ll become familiar with the smallest subatomic particles, atoms, molecules, and the largest stars and galaxies. Explore optics and photonics or the physics behind music.
You’ll learn in a close-knit and vibrant community of scholars working together to find answers to questions like:
- Where do the highest-energy cosmic rays come from?
- Can nanotubes of boron nitride be used to make new electronic devices?
- Why do some clouds rain while others don’t?
- How can we build a better battery?
The Bachelor of Science in Physics is intended for students who want to take a traditional approach to the study of physics. Undergraduate physics training provides excellent preparation for a career in STEM or to pursue an advanced degree in many different fields.
Colliding Minds, Exploding Ideas: A Collaborative Approach to Physics
Learning the principles of physics should not be the domain of a single department. Physics is all around us and applications abound. At Tech you will benefit from strong collaborations with other departments and institutes on campus, further strengthening your learning. Materials science and engineering; electrical and computer engineering; mechanical engineering–engineering mechanics; the Multi-Scale Technologies Institute; and the Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Institute all have strong interdisciplinary connections with our department.
Tomorrow Needs Talented Physicists
Demand is high for individuals with a strong, quantitative education in physics, including high-level laboratory experience from undergraduate research. A Bachelor of Science in Physics prepares you for a successful career. You’ll graduate thoroughly prepared to find success in graduate school in physics or another STEM field, law or medical school, research labs, or a career in industries such as aeronautics, electronics, engineering, finance, or transportation.
Career Opportunities for Physics Majors
Physics jobs are growing by 5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Your future career options are unlimited with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. Career opportunities can be found as:
- Aerospace Engineer
- Applications Developer
- Business Analyst
- Clinical Technologist
- Computer Animation Specialist
- Data Analyst
- Electronics Technician
- Energy Modeling Analyst
- Medical Physicist
- Program Manager
- Project Manager
- Patent Attorney
- Power Modeling Analyst
- Radar Algorithms Engineer/Scientist
- Research Assistant
- Marine/Oceanographic Scientist
- Nuclear Instructor
- Scientific and Computational Manager
- Software Test Engineer
- Systems Engineer
- Technical Writer
- Water Engineer
Companies Hiring Physics Majors
The growing list of companies hiring Michigan Tech physics majors includes:
- Argonne National Lab Chicago
- Aurora Energy Research
- Dow Corning
- General Motors
- IR Telemetrics
- KBR, Inc.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Lab
- Maxar Technologies
- Naval Surface Warfare Center
- Northrop Grumman
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- Stabilux Technologies
- US Navy
Graduate Schools Accepting Tech Physics Majors
The growing list of colleges and universities accepting physics majors includes:
Eastern Michigan University
Michigan State University
Montana State University
Oregon Health and Science University
Pennsylvania State University
University of Arizona
University of Central Florida
University of Chicago
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Idaho
University of Minnesota Duluth
University of Notre Dame