Applied Physics at BC

Plan for a Degree in Engineering or Technology

Applied Physics Major

Interested in engineering or technology? Get your degree in applied physics from BC. Choose one of three tracks: Engineering Physics, Physics and Technology, or Physical Science.

Dual Degrees in Engineering

And if you want to get your engineering degree at the same time, check out BC’s dual degree agreements with Virginia Tech and The George Washington University. These allow Bridgewater students to earn a B.S. from Bridgewater and a B.S. in engineering from the other institution.

Curriculum and Courses

Students completing dual-degree programs may transfer appropriate engineering courses for physics courses at the discretion of the department and the vice president and dean for academic affairs.

Required courses:

PHYS-221 General Physics I
PHYS-222 General Physics II
PHYS-308 Modern Physics
PHYS-311 Classical Mechanics I
PHYS-460 Seminar

-or-

PHYS-499 Honors Project
MATH-131 Calculus I
MATH-132 Calculus II

Students must select additional courses as outlined in one of the following tracks:

Track 1—Engineering Physics

Cannot be taken as a dual major with a major in physics.

Required courses:

CHEM-161 General Chemistry I
CHEM-162 General Chemistry II
PHYS-312 Classical Mechanics II
MATH-231 Calculus III
MATH-232 Calculus IV

And four additional PHYS courses numbered 300 or above.

Track 2—Physics and Technology

Cannot be taken as a dual major with a major in computer science or physics.

Required courses:

CSCI-105 Introduction to Programming
CSCI-200 Intermediate Programming
CSCI-205 Data Structures
PHYS-305 Electronics
PHYS-306 Digital Electronics

And three additional courses numbered 300 or above chosen from the departments of Physics and Mathematics and Computer Science (at least one from each department).

Track 3—Physical Science

Cannot be taken as a dual major with a major in chemistry or in physics.

Required courses:

CHEM-161 General Chemistry I
CHEM-162 General Chemistry II
MATH-231 Calculus III
MATH-232 Calculus IV

And 15 additional credit hours in PHYS and CHEM courses numbered 300 or above (at least six from each department).

Activities and Clubs

Join the Society of Physics Students, Bridgewater College Chapter

  • Develop leadership skills as you plan meetings, events and trips designed to promote the awareness of physics
  • Conduct science demonstrations at area elementary schools
  • Be part of a chapter that has been recognized as an “Outstanding Chapter” in the nation

Careers and Graduate Schools

What can you do with a degree in applied physics?

Like the department’s recent graduates, you might enter graduate schools such as:

  • East Carolina University (Medical Physics)
  • James Madison University (Computer Science)
  • Old Dominion University (Physics)
  • University of Tennessee (Physics)
  • University of Virginia (Mechanical Engineering)

Or pursue a career as a:

  • Computer Programmer
  • Design Engineer
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Physicist
  • Quality Control Specialist
  • Research Assistant
  • Teacher