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What is Applied Physics?

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Students show a variety of projects to elementary children at the biannual Fiesta of Physics

Applied Physics is the study of the basic laws of nature and their application to modern technologies. The Applied Physics program at St. Mary’s University provides an instructional base in physics, engineering, mathematics and computer applications.

Graduates often pursue advanced degrees in areas such as condensed matter physics, plasma physics, optical physics, high energy physics and biophysics, as well as engineering and computer-related areas.

  • Applied Physics Courses

    Along with technical courses, students in the Applied Physics program benefit from our liberal arts curriculum which includes courses in English, social science, philosophy, theology, speech and foreign languages.

    Courses include:

    • Discrete Math Structures
    • Thermodynamics
    • Modern Physics
    • Quantum Mechanics

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  • Career Opportunities

    Applied physics is a great vehicle for entry into a wide range of positions in both the public and private sectors and is perhaps the best preparation for careers in general technology areas. It is ideally suited for up-and-coming areas, such as energy and nanotechnology.

    An Applied Physics degree is a route to many career possibilities, such as:

    • Satellite Systems Engineer
    • Material Scientist
    • Laser Fusion Scientist
    • Solar Energy Physicist
    • Data Analytics
    • Nanotechnology Research and Development

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Students at St. Mary’s annual physics summer camp conducting experiments

Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics

Interested in pursuing a degree in Applied Physics? We’re eager to hear from you and answer any questions you have. Feel free to reach out to speak to one of our dedicated faculty.

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