Frequently asked questions

The B.S. degree in Physics has two programs as listed in the Undergraduate Academic Bulletin: Program I: Physics and Program II: Applied Physics. In order to prepare students for industrial and laboratory jobs directly after completion of their bachelor's degree, the Applied Physics program substitutes a more rigorous laboratory program and coursework in the applied aspects of physics for some of the traditional upper-level, theoretical courses. The centerpiece of the Applied Physics program is two three-month internships in a corporate or national laboratory setting.

Students who are interested in pursuing high-tech jobs immediately after graduation are excellent candidates for the Applied Physics program. Those students wishing to continue their physics studies in graduate school are encouraged to take the traditional Physics program.

No, students in both programs, Physics (traditional) and Applied Physics, receive a B.S. in Physics.

You can use the American Institute of Physics salary calculator to find current salary statistics. The most likely employers for graduates of the Applied Physics program would be Private Sector Science and Engineering jobs and Civilian Government jobs.

Yes, the IU Career Development Center and the Walter Center for Career Achievement are available to help in all aspects of the job search, application, and interview process.

The Kelly School of Business Center for the Business of Life Sciences (CBLS) Student Associate program is an excellent way to become involved with businesses needing physicists and engineers while you are still an undergraduate in Physics.

Physics department faculty and students will bring physics to you! We welcome requests from schools, libraries, and other organizations for book discussions, presentations, and demonstration shows. We can gear the event to any age group. Contact us—we’d be happy to share our love of physics with you.