Are you looking for a top-rated academic program that will prepare you to make the next discovery in nanotechnology or create a life-saving medical device?

Our Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Physics provides you with that kind of opportunity, through a unique blend of traditional coursework and experiential learning in the Co-op experience working with industry partners.

And our Applied Physics program was the first ABET accredited applied physics program in the world.

In classrooms and labs, you will learn how to apply optics, acoustics and materials in fields such as nanotechnology, telecommunications, medical physics and devices, and advanced and electronic materials.

Coursework provides a solid education in mathematics, applied sciences and physics with emphasis on the four areas of Applied Optics, Acoustics, Materials Science and nanotechnology and Medical Physics. The bachelor’s degree also includes a thesis.

In the Co-op program, you will go beyond the theory and get to the applied part of the program, where you will actually apply what you’ve learned in the classroom in a real job (as opposed to a mere internship).

With a bachelor’s in physics you can make up to $64,000 per year when starting right out of school, according to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. More commonly, the survey found that physics graduates can expect a starting salary between $46,000 and $58,000 per year.

The figures go up sharply if you continue your education and earn a master’s or PhD. With a graduate degree, physicists earn a median salary of more than $122,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, the forecast for job growth is twice the national average.

Why Kettering?

  • You want a degree that gives you theoretical knowledge and practical skills that can change lives.
  • You will take labs in Acoustics, Fiber Optics, Nanotechnology and Computational Physics.
  • Our faculty are doing research in computational materials science, biomedical ultrasound, structural vibration, musical acoustics, photonics, semiconductors and nanoparticles.

New students will not be accepted into this program after October 5, 2021.