Applied Physics

Any field that needs high-tech tools and creative thinking needs applied physicists. At Kettering, that’s our specialty preparing physicists who solve real-world problems. Kettering offers the first and only ABET-accredited Applied Physics program in the nation offering state-of-the-art labs, world-class faculty, and the nation’s most extensive co-op and experiential learning program. No place does physics like Kettering.

Example of Employers

AppleKey Safety Systems
Argonne National LaboratoryMarinette Marine Corporation
Bosch CorpTrescal
CTS CorporationValeo
Honda R & D Americas Inc

Get in the Lab

Get your hands on sophisticated measurement equipment.

See our labs in action

  • In our Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy Lab, you’ll use one of Michigan’s most powerful microscopes to analyze the composition of materials that go into many popular products. You’ll be able to study the ingredients of anything from an outboard motor, to an artificial hip replacement, to an iPod.
  • Our Acoustics Lab is where you’ll get a chance to analyze the behavior of anything that vibrates or makes sound. You can eliminate the dead spots on your electric guitar, measure& the sound radiation from a loudspeaker you designed and built, learn how to design and test a listening room, or find the sweet spot on a baseball bat.
  • The Fiber Optics Lab is where you’ll unlock the secrets of telecommunications. You’ll experiment with photonics and optoelectronics and learn how to create technologies such as barcode scanners and bandwidth testers.
  • In our Nanotechnology Lab, you can make iron oxide nanoparticles and microbubbles, characterize them using an x-ray diffractometer and optical microscope, and learn how they can be used as a potential method for cancer treatment via magnetically -induced hyperthermia.
  • Our Computational Physics Lab is where you will develop and simulate mathematical models of dynamic physical systems. By applying physics theory to biological systems you will uncover the physical details of how cells undergo internal reorganization to change shape, divide, and crawl along surfaces.
The Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC) of ABET accredits many of our programs.


The Applied Physics program is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC) of ABET.

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