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What Can You Do With an Applied Physics Degree?

The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics reports that high-salaried employment opportunities in all types of engineering, as well as many other physics-related fields, are expected to increase steadily through 2031. Many of our graduates have also gone on to prestigious graduate schools for physics and engineering.

  • <blockquote class="quote-block--simple"> <p> “I only applied to one college, was accepted, and graduated ASU with a degree in applied physics. I’m proud to tell people that ASU now has a great engineering program.”</p> <p class="blockquote-author"><strong>Travis Barnett</strong>, CEO, Centerline Engineering & Consulting, Class of 2012</p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote class="quote-block--simple"> <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> <p class="blockquote-author"><strong>Travis Barnett</strong>, Class of 2012, B.S. in Applied Physics</p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote class="quote-block--simple"> <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> <p class="blockquote-author"><strong>Sean Czarnecki</strong>, Class of 2017</p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote class="quote-block--simple"> <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> <p class="blockquote-author"><strong>Jennifer Hendryx Parsons</strong>, Class of 2009</p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote class="quote-block--simple"> <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> <p class="blockquote-author"><strong>Travis Barnett</strong>, Class of 2012, B.S. in Applied Physics</p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote class="quote-block--simple"> <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> <p class="blockquote-author"><strong>Jennifer Hendryx Parsons</strong>, Class of 2009, B.S. in Physics</p> </blockquote>
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Why Earn My Applied Physics Degree at Angelo State?

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Advanced Study

You’ll participate in advanced laboratory work beyond our regular physics program. You’ll work in our modern labs, including a laser lab, and with our state-of-the-art equipment that includes a Scanning Electron Microscope and LabVIEW software. This will give you an advantage when it comes to starting your career or advancing to graduate school programs in physics or engineering.

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Research Opportunities

We encourage all our students to conduct research projects alongside our faculty. Many of our students present their findings at national conferences, and several have won prestigious awards. We can also help you obtain summer research opportunities sponsored by the National Science Foundation around the country. Participating in research will give you a competitive edge when applying for a job or for graduate school.

ASU Physics students using equipment in a classroom.


You’ll be exposed to multiple internship and service-learning opportunities when you join our award-winning Society of Physics Students and Women in Physics student groups. You’ll also have the chance to visit facilities like the Pickle Nuclear Lab and McDonald Observatory, network with physics professionals, and participate in physics outreach activities on our annual “Physics Road Tour.”

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    Challenge Yourself

    Take your education to the next level in the ASU Honors Program. Through special courses, cultural events, research and community engagement, we’ll help you transform your intellectual and personal talents into marketable skills for your future. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in prestigious internships, fellowships and other programs to reach your full potential.

  • Committed to Your Success

    Our Freshman College is a one-stop resource for programs and services that help you transition into college life, improve your communication skills, and engage in active learning. You can also get academic help in the Math Lab and Writing Center, receive peer mentoring and tutoring through Supplemental Instruction, or set up online tutoring sessions.