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Applied Physics, BS

Students in this program gain and apply physics knowledge and will be able to understand the broad impact of scientific solutions in a global and social context.

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What Will I Learn?

A physics degree provides more than just the knowledge of the physical universe needed for a job in industry, technology or to attend graduate school. A physics degree provides the background for anyone who will use mathematics, logical thinking or problem-solving abilities in their chosen field. In the fast-changing world of technical and business employment, the applied physics degree enables you to adapt in any position, making you more attractive to employers.

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Meet Bradley Smith

“Many of the skills and techniques I have learned will help me develop and learn new skills and techniques and can lead me to do things I could only dream of before I started.”

How Bradley Found Success at Ship

What are the requirements for this degree?

You must complete three years of coursework at Shippensburg University (98 credits), followed by two years in an available engineering department.


Many of our students also major or minor in mathematics or chemistry, but you can also consider fields such as computer science, business, technical writing or a modern language.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Our graduates have ended up in a variety of careers. Examples of career paths our graduates have chosen include:

  • Medical technology
  • Finance and banking
  • Management consulting
  • Engineering
  • Biotechnical research
  • Secondary education
  • Computer services
  • Telecommunications

Physics degrees are not only valued in academic and technical careers, but can also prepare you for further education in:

  • Law school
  • MBA programs
  • Medical school
  • Graduate studies in computers, chemistry, biophysics and other fields

What Career Outcomes Do Alumni Have With This Degree?

A list of of the top job titles for Applied Physics alumni
The estimated salary for an Applied Physics alumni

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

You are invited to participate in the Physics Club, an undergraduate society of physics students sharing activities and outings related to physics. This can include joining the national Society of Physics Students and perhaps nomination to Sigma Pi Sigma, the national Physics Honor Society, attending regional and national meetings of physics professional societies or visiting nearby national laboratories. There are opportunities for research in the department or collaboratively with faculty from other science departments. You can attend informal seminars and seminar courses on varying topics of interest, from string theory to a fractal view of reality, and discuss your views.

Contact the Physics Department

Franklin Science Center 215B, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1570