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The B.S. in Applied Physics, with its various emphases, is an exciting and innovative new major at Bethel. Our goal is to develop graduates who are equipped for high-technology employment, interdisciplinary research, and graduate education in applied science and engineering.

Why should I study applied physics with a computational emphasis?

Physics puts great stress on solving problems and applying mathematics and computer modeling to those solutions. The Applied Physics major with a Computational emphasis takes this a step further by allowing students to study even more math and computer methods than a typical physics major would. The Computational emphasis is particularly popular among students who are interested in both physics and math/computer science. Or, because of the overlap with courses in the Math/Computer Science Department, students can more easily earn a double-major in Physics and either Math or Computer Science.  

What can I do with this degree?

There are many and varied career opportunities. Examples:

  • Product Engineer
  • Testing Engineer
  • Programmer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Statistical Analyst
  • Investment Analyst
  • Research Engineer

This broader version of the traditional Physics degree is designed to provide tools and experiences that are especially valuable for moving right into industry after graduation. However, the fundamentals and techniques learned also provide an excellent foundation for graduate work in a variety of fields. Examples include statistics, mathematics, computer science, or any engineering field. 

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

As an applied 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 (both national and international); and work as a research assistant during the summer months.

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National Science Foundation grants have funded research in physics, engineering, and nanotechnology


in national research grants received since 2011

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