Applied Physics (B.S.)

Applied physics combines research in physics with problem-solving knowledge,  putting graduates of this major in high demand by employers. Rigorous research in applied physics has developed cutting-edge technologies.

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Prepare to head into a career in a multitude of areas, or to enter into a graduate program in physics, engineering, and many other non-physics related fields. College Board sums up this degree in one word: flexibility.

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics degree at Illinois Tech provides an option if you have a strong affinity for physics, but wish to pursue a career in application of basic scientific principles to the design of equipment. Electronic and electro-mechanical systems for use in measurements, communications, and data acquisition all rely on principles of applied physics. Explore newly developing areas of physics, high technology, instrumentation, and communications at Chicago’s only tech-focused university. A B.S. in applied physics provides a solid physics background, while allowing significant engineering or other technical concentrations.

Program Overview

Applied physics combines research in physics with problem-solving knowledge to prepare for a career applying basic scientific principles into designs of equipment. Electronic and electro-mechanical systems in measurements, communications, and data acquisition all rely on principles of applied physics.

Career Opportunities

Fiber optics, astrophysics, vacuum tunneling, nondestructive testing, acoustics, semiconductors, laser optics, quantum optics, and condensed matter all are popular fields in applied physics.

  • Accelerator operator
  • Applications engineer
  • Data analyst
  • Design engineer
  • IT consultant
  • Lab technician
  • Laser engineer
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Admission to Illinois Tech is required to enroll in the B.S. in applied physics program. Consult your academic adviser to transfer into this program.

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