According to the Princeton Review, "With technology's constantly expanding influence in our society, a major in Applied Physics could place you at the forefront of the next technology revolution." Applied physics combines fundamental research in physics with knowledge of how to solve real-world problems, putting graduates of this major in high demand by employers. Through research in applied physics, lasers in DVD players, flash memories in iPods, diagnostic tools for medicine, and many other cutting edge technologies have been developed. With this degree, graduates will be prepared to head straight into a career in a multitude of different areas, or to enter into a graduate program in physics, engineering, and many other non-physics related fields. College Board sums up this degree in one word: flexibility.
The Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics degree at IIT provides an option for students who have a strong affinity for physics but who wish to pursue a career in application of basic scientific principles to the design of equipment, which includes electronic and electro-mechanical systems for use in measurements, communications, and data acquisition. The program is recommended for students interested in newly developing areas of physics, high technology, instrumentation, and communications. It provides students with a solid physics background while allowing a significant engineering or other technical concentration.
Specializations include aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering.