Are you familiar with what is takes to succeed as a physicist? Professionals who choose a career in physics have a strong background in science and mathematics. They also look at concepts through the lens of both theory and practice and develop top-notch problem-solving skills. For most, research and development work is a primary part of their responsibilities. While some physicists perform basic research to increase scientific knowledge, others conduct applied research with the goal of creating new devices, products and processes. A great example of this: solid-state physics that led to the development of transistors – which later led to the integrated circuits used in computers.

If this is the kind of work that fits your aspirations and skill set, a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Lawrence Tech might be the right program for you. With a bachelor’s degree in physics, you will have many interesting career options. While most physicists work in research and development or for the federal government, you might:

  • Find work in quality control, inspection, testing or other production-related fields
  • Work in a wide variety of scientific fields as a research assistant or technician
  • Set up computer networks and laboratory equipment, teach science in secondary schools, or even take on nontraditional roles such as systems analysts or database administrators
  • Qualify for positions related to engineering, mathematics and computer science

Why LTU?

LTU is situated in a productive, vital and economically diverse region that is one of the world’s great centers for entrepreneurship, technological achievement and innovation. Opportunities to solve real problems and network, find mentors, intern and co-op with Fortune 500 and other leading companies are plentiful. 

As a technological university, Lawrence Tech is in a unique position to offer you exposure through interdisciplinary student projects to fields you may not encounter in a traditional program. Familiarity with architecture and design, the sciences and engineering can give you a distinct advantage in today’s technologically driven job market.

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125 credit-hour program consists of:

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 1001 Pathways to Research Careers 1
COM 1103 College Composition (Placement) 3
CHM 1213 University Chemistry 1 (Placement) 3
CHM 1221 University Chemistry 1 Lab 1
MCS 1414 Calculus 1 (Placement) 4
SSC 2413 Foundations of American Experience 3
PSC 1161 Physical Science Seminar 1
   TOTAL 16
     

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
CHM 1223 University Chemistry 2 3
CHM 1231 University Chemistry 2 Lab 2
PHY 1213 Astronomy 3
PHY 1221 Astronomy Lab 1
MCS 1424 Calculus 2 4
SSC 2423 Development of American Experience 3
   TOTAL 16

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
PHY 2413 University Physics 1 3
PHY 2421 University Physics 1 Lab 1
MCS 2414 Calculus 3 4
COM 2103 Technical and Prof. Communication 3
MCS 1142 Intro. to C 2
LLT 1213 World Masterpieces 1 3
   TOTAL 16

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
PHY 2423 University Physics 2 3
PHY 2431 University Physics 2 Lab 1
MCS 2423 Differential Equations 3
MCS 3863 Linear Algebra 3
LLT 1223 World Masterpieces 2 3
SSC/PSY XXX3 SSC/PSY Elective 3
   TOTAL 16

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
PHY 3414* Analytical Mechanics* 4
PHY 3653 Contemporary Physics 3
PHY 3661 Contemporary Physics Lab 1
MCS 3403 Probability and Statistics 3
MCS 3413 or
MCS 3723
Advanced Engineering Math or
Advanced Calculus
 
3
COM 3000 Writing Proficiency Exam 0
   TOTAL 14

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
PHY 3574 (EEE 3414) Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHY 4724* Quantum Mechanics* 4
EEE 2114 Circuits 1 4
EEE 2111 Circuits 1 Lab 1
PSC 3002 Leadership in Sci. Research (Jr.) 1
LLT XXX3 Jr./Sr. LLT Elective 3
   TOTAL 17

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
PHY 4763* Thermal Physics* 3
PHY 4912 Physics Project 1 (Sr) 2
SSC/PSY 3/4XX3 SSC/PSY Jr./Sr. Elective 3
  General Electives (7 of 13 total) 7
   TOTAL 15

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
PHY 4843* Condensed Matter Physics* 3
PHY 4743* Optics, Lasers, and Microscopy* 3
PHY 4781* Optics, Lasers, and Microscopy Lab* 1
PHY 4922 Physics Project 2 (Sr) 2
  General Electives (6 of 13 total) 6
   TOTAL 15

*These courses are offered every two years. An individual plan of work will be developed in consultation with the student's advisor.

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Careers

While most Physicists work in research and development or for the federal government, some may find work in quality control, inspection, testing, or other production-related fields. Those who hold a bachelor’s degree are often employed as research assistants or technicians.

Graduates may also qualify for positions related to engineering, mathematics, and computer science.

Find work in these fields

Acoustics
Astronomy
Biomedical Engineering
Geophysics
Government
Health Science
Lasers and Holography
Metallurgy
Meteorology
Nuclear Medicine
Seismology

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