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Physics, Applied

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physics with Applied Physics Specialization

This degree program is specialized for students interested in engineering fields. Our graduates have gone straight to work at places like Halliburton, Raytheon and the U.S. military. Many have also gone on to graduate schools for physics and engineering.

Program Faculty

Our award-winning faculty are dedicated to teaching and research. You can collaborate with them on a wide variety of research projects, and our small class sizes mean you get the individual attention you deserve.

Career Opportunities

Start your career as soon as you graduate. The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics reports that employment opportunities in all types of engineering and many other physics-related fields are expected to increase at a higher than average rate through 2028.

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  • <div class="wide-block quote-block "><div class="quote-block__image"><picture> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,0,4096,2838/44777_COM_4775.rev.1603730850.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,0,4096,2838/44777_COM_4775.rev.1603730850.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,0,4096,2838/44777_COM_4775.rev.1603730850.jpg" alt="student in lab working on experiment" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="quote-block__content"><div class="quote-block__quote"><blockquote><p> “The physics and geology programs are amazing because they focus on getting out and applying the concepts and skills learned in the classroom. Both programs also have many opportunities for undergraduate research.”</p></blockquote></div><div class="quote-block__caption"><p><strong>Sean Czarnecki</strong>, Class of 2017</p></div></div></div>
  • <div class="wide-block quote-block "><div class="quote-block__image"><picture> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,65,2727,2793/43916_COM_7025.rev.1602883493.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,65,2727,2793/43916_COM_7025.rev.1602883493.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,65,2727,2793/43916_COM_7025.rev.1602883493.jpg" alt="Student smiling at camera" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="quote-block__content"><div class="quote-block__quote"><blockquote><p> “Dr. David Bixler did not laugh in my face when I suggested I might want to triple-major. He asked me serious questions and gave me a plan of action to determine if what I wanted to do reasonable and if it was even possible.”</p></blockquote></div><div class="quote-block__caption"><p><strong>Sean Czarnecki</strong>, Class of 2017, Physics/Geoscience/Mathematics</p></div></div></div>
  • <div class="wide-block quote-block "><div class="quote-block__image"><picture> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/868,352,3252,2734/43164_COM_9133_3.rev.1602798278.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/868,352,3252,2734/43164_COM_9133_3.rev.1602798278.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/868,352,3252,2734/43164_COM_9133_3.rev.1602798278.jpg" alt="Group of students preparing for the homecoming blue and gold event" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="quote-block__content"><div class="quote-block__quote"><blockquote><p> “It was fascinating to be introduced to the concepts of electricity, magnetism and optics! And while I hated writing them, the lab reports for Physics II really forced me into college-level reasoning and technical writing. All of these are skills I use on a regular basis.”</p></blockquote></div><div class="quote-block__caption"><p><strong>Jennifer Hendryx Parsons</strong>, Class of 2009</p></div></div></div>
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  • <div class="wide-block quote-block "><div class="quote-block__image"><picture> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,98,2727,2826/43916_COM_7025.rev.1602883493.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,98,2727,2826/43916_COM_7025.rev.1602883493.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,98,2727,2826/43916_COM_7025.rev.1602883493.jpg" alt="Student smiling at camera" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="quote-block__content"><div class="quote-block__quote"><blockquote><p> “The Modern Physics course reveals the true wonder and mystery of physics that every physics major craves.”</p></blockquote></div><div class="quote-block__caption"><p><strong>Sean Czarnecki</strong>, Class of 2017</p></div></div></div>
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  • <div class="wide-block quote-block "><div class="quote-block__image"><picture> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/835,360,3211,2734/43164_COM_9133_3.rev.1602798278.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/835,360,3211,2734/43164_COM_9133_3.rev.1602798278.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/835,360,3211,2734/43164_COM_9133_3.rev.1602798278.jpg" alt="Group of students preparing for the homecoming blue and gold event" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="quote-block__content"><div class="quote-block__quote"><blockquote><p> “The Physics Department is academically rigorous, incomparably caring about students in the program, and generates an atmosphere of camaraderie. It also facilitates student research, both at ASU and beyond.”</p></blockquote></div><div class="quote-block__caption"><p><strong>Jennifer Hendryx Parsons</strong>, Class of 2009, B.S. in Physics</p></div></div></div>
  • <div class="wide-block quote-block "><div class="quote-block__image"><picture> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,286,3277,3563/43068_IMG_8425.rev.1602794780.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,286,3277,3563/43068_IMG_8425.rev.1602794780.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,286,3277,3563/43068_IMG_8425.rev.1602794780.jpg" alt="Student smiling into the camera" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="quote-block__content"><div class="quote-block__quote"><blockquote><p> “Dr. David Bixler took a personal interest in my academic career. He would answer late-night emails to get me back on track with assignments, and meet with myself and other students at any time, regardless of office hours and class schedules. He was always willing to help.”</p></blockquote></div><div class="quote-block__caption"><p><strong>Travis Barnett</strong>, Class of 2012, B.S. in Applied Physics</p></div></div></div>
  • <div class="wide-block quote-block "><div class="quote-block__image"><picture> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,270,3277,3547/43068_IMG_8425.rev.1602794780.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,270,3277,3547/43068_IMG_8425.rev.1602794780.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,270,3277,3547/43068_IMG_8425.rev.1602794780.jpg" alt="Student smiling into the camera" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="quote-block__content"><div class="quote-block__quote"><blockquote><p> “Angelo State’s physics program is top-notch. The personal care for each student that the professors show is what sets the department apart. They care, and because they care, their students are successful.”</p></blockquote></div><div class="quote-block__caption"><p><strong>Travis Barnett</strong>, Class of 2012, B.S. in Applied Physics</p></div></div></div>
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