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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.

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Why should I study applied physics with an electronics emphasis?

Physics provides the foundation for all engineering fields because, broadly speaking, engineering is about taking what we know about the physical universe and applying it to help people in their everyday lives. The more one knows about physics, the greater the opportunity to find new and different approaches to solutions—before the design details are turned over to traditional engineers. The Applied Physics major with an Electronics emphasis is designed to fill the gap between the traditional physicist and the traditional electrical engineer. 

What can I do with this degree?

Adding an Electronics emphasis to a Physics major provides excellent preparation for graduate work in electrical or computer engineering. Graduate engineering is about finding new and/or better approaches to solving problems, and that is precisely what this degree prepares students to do.

Many problems that companies desire to solve do not easily fall into specific engineering categories. Knowing something about engineering design while simultaneously having the broad base of applied physics will position graduates perfectly for filling such needs. In particular, small start-up companies look for broader employees who can solve problems from different directions.

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.


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


square feet of physics and engineering labs (doubled since 2016)

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