Program Information

A Michigan Tech degree in physics is as unique as our location. Physics faculty know students’ names, given our low student-to-faculty ratio (6:1). Our department excels in providing undergraduates a solid background in the principles of physics with practical expertise in one of three areas: applied physics, physics, or physics with a specialty in secondary education. Undergraduates gain research experience in our technologically-advanced labs and research centers.

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Physics—BS, BA

Discover how our world works— from the smallest particles to the largest galaxies. Physics degree students explore the physical properties behind the behavior of our universe. Typically, physics BS degree-seeking students are preparing for graduate studies in the field. Whereas students pursuing the physics BA option, often plan to use their degree in law, medicine, or business.

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Applied Physics—BS

Apply physical principles to develop solutions. Deepen your understanding of physics fundamentals and choose a customized area that suits your interests. The flexibility of this degree allows students to blaze their own path based on a select core of courses in an appealing application area. Applied physics students typically go on to graduate studies in physics and/or work in materials science, energy, aerospace, chemical and environmental industries, or at national labs. 

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Physics with Secondary Education—BS, BA 

Share your love of physics with the next generation of learners and problem solvers. STEM-field educators are in demand. Teachers who inspire inquiry and make complex content into hands on lessons has never been greater. Our BS and BA prepare students for secondary education and teacher certification. The BS allows for more upper level physics courses and the BA allows for more electives to strengthen knowledge in students’ interests.

Future Applications

An undergraduate degree in physics can be excellent preparation for a career or graduate work in a variety of fields–from geology and law school to banking or medicine. Honors courses are available for physics majors and students have flexibility in crafting individualized programs of study tailored to their strengths and interests.

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