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.

Some of the classes you'll take:

  • General Physics with Calculus I & II 
  • Introduction to Computer Programming 
  • The Microscopic World
  • Oscillations and Waves with Laboratory
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Thermodynamics
  • Two Internship Experiences (typically completed over summer terms)

For a complete listing of required courses for the program in applied physics, please visit the Marquette University Online Bulletin at this link.