Applied Physics Major

Physics is the most fundamental science that underlies the understanding of nearly all the natural areas of science. Applied physics students study a core physics curriculum along with practical and engineering techniques and applications, and carry out an intensive research or work-study program in preparation for employment, specialist vocational training or further specialized study. 

Become well versed.

By majoring in applied physics, you’ll take courses in both physics and engineering in addition to your specialized applied physics courses, ensuring you are prepared to pursue a variety of careers immediately after graduation. Thinking about graduate school? Our major gives you a solid foundation for that too.

It's all connected.

The applied physics major forms a link between the fundamental laws of nature and their applications, thus you’ll be using physics or conducting physics research to interface physics with applied sciences, develop new technologies or solve engineering problems.

You're not limited.

Majoring in applied physics doesn’t limit your occupations. Some of our graduates choose non-technical specializations, such as education and business.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.

Freshman

  • General Physics with Calculus I & II 
  • Calculus I & II 
  • MCC Foundations Course
  • MCC Foundations Course 
  • MCC Foundations Course
  • MCC Foundations Course

Sophomore

  • Introduction to Computer Prog. 
  • Introduction to Research
  • Modern Physics: Atoms, Particles & Quanta
  • Modern Physics: States of Matter
  • Electronics Lab
  • MCC Foundations Course
  • MCC Discovery Course
  • MCC Discovery Course

Junior

  • Classical Mechanics
  • Contemporary Physics Lab
  • Electricity and Magnetism I & II
  • Applied Physics Immersion Exp. I
  • Engineering Elective
  • Physics Elective
  • MCC Discovery Course
  • MCC Discovery Course 

Senior

  • Introduction to Thermodynamics
  • Applied Physics Immersion Exp. II
  • Engineering Elective
  • Physics Electives
  • MCC Culminating Course