Applied physics, with its various emphases, is an exciting and innovative new major at Bethel. Our goal is to produce graduates equipped for high-technology employment, interdisciplinary research, and graduate education in applied science and engineering.
Why should I study applied physics?
Physics is the foundation for virtually all technology. Our technologically based society must have an adequate supply of workers who understand physics, and equally importantly, know how to use their knowledge.
What can I do with this degree?
Bethel has a long tradition of preparing students for careers in both engineering and physics. Our applied physics program builds directly on this success, helping you apply the foundations of physics to the problems in industry. It will give you knowledge, skills, and experiences that are in great demand in high-tech companies. You'll leave the program not only with solid technical skills, but also with a breadth of learning and strong people skills that are best developed in a liberal arts setting.
This broader version of the traditional physics degree is designed to provide the tools and experiences that are especially valuable for moving right into industry after graduation. The fundamentals and techniques learned also provide an excellent foundation for graduate work in engineering.
What skills will I develop?
The B.S. degree in applied physics is built on a solid physics core. Students can choose from one of four different emphases:
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
As a physics major, you’ll have opportunities to collaborate with professors on real-world research projects in our state-of-the-art labs, publish papers in prestigious science journals, present your findings at local and national conferences, intern at a wide range of companies, government agencies, and universities, and work as a research assistant during the summer months.