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LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of the major and degree requirements the successful graduate will have:

  1. a robust understanding of classical physics theories, including Newtonian mechanics, classical electrodynamics, thermodynamics, and 20th century physics, as well as some current topics in physics and engineering;
  2. the ability to work independently to describe a problem within a physical system and create a plan to solve that problem;
  3. the ability to apply physical theories to practical problems using both analytical and numerical techniques;
  4. an understanding and appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of physics, particularly in relation to chemistry and mathematics;
  5. an understanding and appreciation of the historical development of physics and the role of physics in modern technology.

CURRICULUM

  • The applied physics curriculum blends courses in physics, chemistry and mathematics with an emphasis on applications to real-world problems.
  • In addition to the foundational courses, the applied physics curriculum gives ample room for electives in the curriculum to allow students to focus on the particular aspects of physics and mathematics that most interest them.
  • The physics minor meets the requirements of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for teaching certification at the secondary level.
  • There are opportunities for undergraduates to participate in physics research on and off campus to better prepare for further education in physics or engineering.
  • The physics major, combined with a secondary education minor, leads to certification by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to teach physics in high school or middle school.
  • Applied physics prepares students for success in a variety of careers by building a solid foundation in the physical sciences and mathematics.

INTERNSHIPS

  • Paid internship opportunities with the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium funded by NASA.
  • Research opportunities.

OUTCOMES

  • Engineers
  • Physics teacher
  • Medicine
  • Industrial research and development
  • Computer software and systems

3+2 ENGINEERING PROGRAM WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE

  • Through a 3+2 engineering program, the applied physics major may be completed by taking three years of courses at Carroll, followed by two more years at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).
  • Students can earn a Bachelor of Science degree in applied physics at Carroll and a Bachelor of
    Science degree in engineering or a Master of Science Degree in engineering at UWM.
  • UWM will admit all Carroll students who have completed Carroll's three-year pre-engineering
    program and meet certain criteria.
  • The program offers flexibility by including completion options in civil, electrical, industrial,
    materials and mechanical engineering.

3+2 ENGINEERING PROGRAM WITH UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-PLATTEVILLE

  • Through a 3+2 engineering program, the applied physics major may be completed by taking three years of courses at Carroll, followed by two more years at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
  • Well-prepared students can earn both bachelors degrees in a total of five years. They will receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Carroll in applied physics and a Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Platteville in engineering (either mechanical or electrical).
 
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