Undergraduate Degree Options
The Department of Physics at Michigan Tech is a dynamic community of scholars dedicated to excellence in education and cutting-edge research. We offer three areas of study:
With our low student-to-faculty ratio (6:1) and our hallmark emphasis on laboratory research, students graduate from the physics department with a solid background in this fundamental science—plus a specialty in education, research, or applications of classroom theory, depending on which area of study they choose.
Physics majors can select a curriculum that prepares them for graduate school and a future in academia and research. Or, they can pursue an option that leads to secondary education certification as a physics teacher. Students majoring in applied physics typically go on to careers in industry and national research labs. Honors courses are available for physics majors, and students have flexibility in crafting individualized programs of study tailored especially to their strengths and interests.
Discover remote sensing, an interdisciplinary field employing advanced technology to remotely collect data and take measurements. Remote sensing techniques are used in field studies when direct sensing is difficult or impossible, on scales ranging from microscopic to satellite to astronomical. Disciplines that employ remote sensing techniques include atmospheric physics and chemistry, biological and earth sciences, electrical engineering, forestry and ecology, civil and environmental engineering, oceanography, limnology, image and signal analysis, astronomy, and computer science. Michigan Tech's Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI) fosters interdisciplinary, team-based collaboration in remote sensing; research opportunities in the institute are available to undergraduate students.