At a Glance

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Further Our Knowledge of the Universe

Physics is the foundation for most science and engineering disciplines. By understanding the behavior of matter and energy at a fundamental level, physicists are equipped to further our knowledge of the universe through research and to apply knowledge to new technologies and engineering. APU’s physics major equips students to solve complex problems using conceptual analysis and mathematical techniques—skills that are highly valued by employers from a wide variety of fields—and 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.

Physics also sheds light on fundamental questions of where we came from. In the APU physics program, students integrate physics with the Christian faith, thinking deeply about how physics can be used to make the world a better place, what insights our study of the universe can give us about the Creator, and how their personal skills and values mesh with their interests in science and their faith.

The physics program at APU offers small classes (often 15 students to 1 faculty), a robust engagement with how faith and physics intersect and relate to one another throughout the curriculum, a close-knit community among students and faculty, and incredible opportunities for undergraduates to pursue research with faculty or internships during the academic year and summer sessions.

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.

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 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.