Applied Physics

Physics asks “why?” Applied physics asks “how?” Physicists wonder why apples fall from trees, why planets circle suns and why light behaves like both a wave and a particle. In applied physics, you can stand on the shoulders of physicists and learn how to apply the laws of the universe to drive innovation, exploration and invention.

Carroll University’s applied physics program is career focused, providing a foundation for employment in a wide variety of industries. Applied physicists can devise vehicle guidance systems, invent more efficient energy storage mechanisms, formulate manufacturing processes and create innovative medical diagnostic devices. With our hands-on laboratory focus and broad offering of support classes, you can obtain the skills and experiences that employers seek now and that foster success in graduate studies later.

“I love the small class sizes and one-on-one interactions with my professors.”
— Tim L'Empereur '18

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About the Applied Physics program

In Carroll University’s applied physics program, you’ll study mechanics, electrodynamics, thermodynamics and modern physics while learning about the current challenges in applied science and engineering. You’ll acquire problem solving skills in mathematical modeling and programming and the ability to apply those skills in practical applications. You will have the opportunity to explore the interdisciplinary nature of applied science and investigate the connection of physics to mathematics, engineering and the other sciences. Our students gain an appreciation for the historical development of physics and the role of physics in modern technology. Carroll’s applied physics program requires a rigorous course of study in physics and mathematics, as well foundational course work in computer science and chemistry.

Southeastern Wisconsin is the industrial center of the state, and Carroll has developed a strong network of industry relationships in the region. In or close to Waukesha, you have the opportunity to supplement your coursework with internships and local summer jobs that provide practical, real-world experiences and career networking opportunities. As part of your undergraduate study, you will also propose and complete a capstone project. The successful completion of your project demonstrates that you can apply the knowledge and skills from your course work to solve problems, which is evidence to prospective employers that you are ready to contribute to their technical endeavors.

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.

Minor

In addition to the major, Carroll offers a minor in physics that complements many areas of study:

Internships

We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium funded by NASA

Careers

College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

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Meet the Faculty

Gregory M. Gabrielsen

Gregory M. Gabrielsen

Distinguished Lecturer in Physics




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Dr. Tate Wilson

Senior Lecturer in Physics




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