Applied Physics (BS)

The acceleration of advances at the frontier between physics, engineering and technology creates a need for interdisciplinary training and research that is not readily accommodated by traditional single-focus programs in physics. Bringing fundamental physics together with its immediate applications, the BS in applied physics will be attractive to students whose interests span new physical technologies in industry and engineering. The degree combines physics, computer science and applied mathematics to tackle complex real-life problems in physics, material sciences, engineering, chemistry and others.

The bachelor's degree program brings together the expertise of physics faculty, particularly in the modeling of physical systems which relies heavily on both modern numerical techniques and fundamental physics. The growing presence of Intel and other high-tech companies in the east valley and metropolitan Phoenix presents a unique opportunity to enhance the students' interaction with industry. Given the importance of hands-on experience, the degree program offers a series of unique courses allowing students interactive involvement in a project-based environment.

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Applied Physics (BS)
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Career outlook

Graduates of this program apply their knowledge in high-performance and scientific computing, biophysics, condensed matter physics, chemistry, material science, electrodynamics and radar physics. This knowledge is vital for employment in chemical and pharmaceutical companies, environmental management agencies and firms specializing in scientific software. Graduates are prepared to continue their studies in graduate programs in physics and chemistry.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Computer Programmers-8%$77,550
Natural Sciences Managers 3.3%$120,050
Nanosystems Engineers 4%$94,240
Photonics Engineers 4%$94,240
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary 15%$80,720

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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