At a Glance

Program units

64-65

Accreditation

WASC

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Physics Major

APU’s physics major equips students to apply the laws of physics to solve practical problems. The degree provides strong technical skills in classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, waves and optics; a strong math and computer background; and an understanding of how to seek out the core technical issues of a problem, preparing them to make meaningful technical advancements in a variety of fields. Students prepare to make an impact on the world with expertise related to many current issues, such as computer technology, alternative fuels, space flight, and climate change. The degree is a Bachelor of Science, which requires that the student also choose a minor in biology, chemistry, computer science, or mathematics.

Throughout the degree, students explore the intersection of their Christian faith with the study of physics and the moral and ethical implications of controversial applications of science and technology. Physics majors leave APU prepared to use physics to address society’s most important challenges.

Pathway from Education to Vocation

Download the Physics Major Brochure to learn more about APU’s pathway from education to vocation, including graduate school and career opportunities.

Physics Major Brochure (PDF)

Is This Major Right for You?

You’re a physics major if you:

  • Enjoy numbers, puzzles, and engaging mental challenges.
  • Are thorough and detail oriented.
  • Enjoy problem solving and logical reasoning.
  • Like exploring how the world works.
  • Enjoy approaching problems carefully and methodically.

Learn more about this major.

Note: This information is current for the 2015-16 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.