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About the Program

Why This Major Is Relevant

With the aging and retirement of the Baby Boomer generation of senior physicists, physics job openings are on the rise. As a result, public and private industry and academia are anticipating major staffing shortages over the next decade. This presents an opportunity for physics majors to step into the gap. In addition, physical science is fundamental to everything from the development of computer chips to alternate fuels, space flight to climate change. The need for physics expertise is only going to rise as the workforce shrinks. As a result, APU physics graduates can look forward to plentiful jobs, generous compensation, and opportunities for rapid advancement.

Gain In-depth Learning Experiences

APU physics students often secure internships at institutions such as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA), the Wynn Oil Company, and the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Students also participate in cutting-edge, original research projects with faculty who are active in this field. Internships and research ensure that physics majors graduate with contacts in their chosen field, solid evidence of their skills, and substantial experience on their résumés.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.