What is an applied physics major in the dual-degree engineering program?

Engineering is the study of theoretical principles of physics applied in real-world applications. An understanding of applied physics and engineering is an essential part of any innovation in science and technology. A degree in engineering, paired with a bachelor’s in applied physics, makes the seemingly impossible possible. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply. 

Why study applied physics at Furman?

Our signature approach to the liberal arts and sciences means you’ll collaborate with professors who know your name, and you’ll receive one-on-one instruction to learn the basics. You’ll come away from the program with a stronger foundation than most engineering students in programs at larger institutions who don’t receive personalized attention in their introductory courses. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today. 

How will you learn?

You’ll see theoretical concepts play out in a practical, hands-on environment. Because our department does not have graduate students, our faculty relies on undergraduates, including first-year students, to initiate and conduct laboratory research. After three years at Furman, you’ll transfer to one of our partner schools, Clemson or Georgia Tech, to study engineering. When you complete the program in an additional two to three years, you will earn a Bachelor of Science in applied physics from Furman and a Bachelor of Science in engineering from our partner school. Another option is to earn a Bachelor of Science in physics by taking three additional physics courses, which will complement your engineering degree. 

Dual-degree engineering program, applied physics major courses

The Department of Physics offers a robust range of options in the course catalog. Here are a few sample courses.

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  • 24%
    alumni with careers in engineering and technology
  • 22%
    alumni with careers in business management
  • 21%
    alumni who go on to graduate school

What our students say

“The department of physics and its faculty and staff gave me the chance to thrive through their unrelentless support and nurturing both at a personal and academic level.”
– Brooks Musangu ’17, B.S., physics and computer science; ’19 M.A., nuclear physics, Vanderbilt University; ’21, Ph.D., nuclear physics, Vanderbilt University

Our faculty

William Baker

Professor of Physics

William Brantley

Professor of Physics

David Moffett

Department Chair and Professor of Physics; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty

Dake Wang

Professor of Physics
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