Physicists lead the research that is driving the technological revolution, from lasers and medical imaging to radio astronomy and supercomputers. Using a logical approach, they explore the basic principles that make our physical universe work. Physicists design and perform experiments with lasers, cyclotrons, telescopes, mass spectrometers, and other cutting-edge equipment. Employing observation and analysis, they attempt to discover the laws that describe the forces of nature, such as gravity, electromagnetism, and nuclear interactions. They also find ways to apply physical laws and theories in fields that affect us all – nuclear energy, electronics, optics, materials, communications, aerospace technology, and medical instrumentation.



physicsPhysicists require a strong background in both science and mathematics, the ability to approach concepts both theoretically and practically, and top-notch problem-solving skills. Research and development work is an integral part of most physicists’ responsibilities. Some perform basic research to increase scientific knowledge; others conduct applied research with the goal of creating new devices, products, and processes. For instance, basic research in solid-state physics led to the development of transistors and then to the integrated circuits used in computers.

While most physicists work in research and development or for the federal government, some may find work in quality control, inspection, testing, or other production-related fields. Those who hold a bachelor’s degree are often employed as research assistants or technicians and work in a wide variety of scientific fields. They may set up computer networks and laboratory equipment, teach science in secondary schools, or even take on nontraditional roles, such as systems analysts or database administrators. Graduates may also qualify for positions related to engineering, mathematics, and computer science.

The physics laboratories at Lawrence Tech are housed on the second floor, near the offices of chemistry faculty members. The university supports two major teaching laboratories:

  • College/University 1 Physics, Technical Physics, Masters of Science Education, Science 203
  • College/University 2 Physics, Technical 2 Physics, Masters of Science Education, Science 211

Computer Use

All undergraduates at Lawrence Tech are provided with their own laptops, packed with the specialized software they will need in their education. Introductory chemistry laboratories are fully computerized, as are many of those in more advanced courses. Many of the instruments listed below include dedicated computers that drive them and analyze the output. Others interface directly with student laptops.

The Bachelor of Science in Physics program at Lawrence Technological University offers you excellent preparation for immediate employment in this competitive field, as well as for advanced study. Courses such as classical and contemporary physics, quantum mechanics, thermal and condensed matter physics, electricity and magnetism, and nuclear physics can prepare you for work in industry and in fundamental and applied research. The physics curriculum incorporates computer technology throughout the range of courses and state-of-the-art computerized labs allow analysis of data gathered with interfaced sensors. 

Opportunities for hands-on experiences abound – you will have the opportunity to participate in internships at such well-known national facilities as the Argonne, Los Alamos, and Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Fermilab, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and as a senior you will complete an individualized research project. The depth of the program also can give you a competitive edge when applying to highly regarded graduate programs in physics, law, or medicine. 

Your 125-credit-hour program consists of:

Humanities (with emphasis on leadership) 29
Math and Computer Science  26
Physics and Physical Science  48
Chemistry 9
Electives  13
Total 125

Sample Core Courses: 
Analytical Mechanics, Condensed Matter Physics, Contemporary Physics, Electricity and Magnetism, Optics, Lasers, and Microscopy, Quantum Mechanics, Thermal Physics.

Students who take 36 additional physics credit hours can obtain a dual degree in physics and mechanical engineering. Students who take an additional 32 physics credit hours may obtain a dual degree in physics and electrical engineering. Please see the physics advisor for required and elective courses.

Students must take all of the required chemistry and physics courses in both majors. If the student completes the physics major first, 30 additional chemistry credit hours are required. If chemistry is completed first, 23 additional physics credit hours are required. These additional hours apply only if appropriate electives are chosen.  

Graduates with a degree in Physics have many career options:

Biomedical engineering
Health physics and nuclear medicine
Lasers and holography
Meteorology and weather science
Nuclear science
Patent law
Research and development
Science education
Space science

Contact Lawrence Tech's Office of Admissions at 800.CALL.LTU, or

For additional information about the physics program, contact Dr. William Madden at 248.204.3606 or Dr. Anthony Sky at 248.204.3603, or send an email to


Bachelor of Science in Physics Flowchart 2017 - 18  PDF 

Your 125-credit-hour program consists of:

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 1001 University Seminar 1
COM 1103 English Composition 3
CHM 1213 University Chemistry 1 3
CHM 1221 University Chemistry 1 Lab 1
MCS 1414 Calculus 1 4
SSC 2413 Foundations of American Experience 3
PSC 1161 Physical Science Seminar 1
   TOTAL 16

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
CHM 1223 University Chemistry 2 3
CHM 1232 University Chemistry 2 Lab 2
PHY 1213 Astronomy 3
PHY 1221 Astronomy Lab 1
MCS 1424 Calculus 2 4
SSC 2423 Development of American Experience 3
   TOTAL 16

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
PHY 2413 University Physics 1 3
PHY 2421 University Physics 1 Lab 1
MCS 2414 Calculus 3 4
COM 2103 Technical and Prof. Communication 3
MCS 1142 Intro. to C  2
LLT 1213 World Masterpieces 1 3
LDR 2001 Leadership Models and Practices 1
   TOTAL 17

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
PHY 2423 University Physics 2 3
PHY 2421 University Physics 2 Lab 1
MCS 2423 Differential Equations 3
MCS 3863 Linear Algebra 3
LLT 1223 World Masterpieces 2 3
SSC/PSY XXX3 Elective  3
   TOTAL 16

First Semester (Example)

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
PHY 3414* Analytical Mechanics* 4
PHY 3653 Contemporary Physics 3
PHY 3661 Contemporary Physics Lab 1
MCS 3403 Probability and Statistics 3
MCS 3413 or Advanced Engineering Math or  
MCS 3723 Advanced Calculus 3
COM 3000 Writing Proficiency Exam 0
LDR 3000 Leadership Seminar Series  0
   TOTAL 14

Second Semester (Example)

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
PHY 3574 (EEE 3414) Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHY 4724* Quantum Mechanics* 4
PHY 3613 (EEE 2123) Circuits and Electronics 3
PHY 3611 (EEE 2111) Circuits Lab 1
PSC 3001 Intro. to Projects in Science 1
LLT 3XX3/4XX3 Junior/Senior Elective 3
   TOTAL 16

First Semester (Example)

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
PHY 4763* Thermal Physics* 3
PHY 4912 Senior Project 1 2
SSC/PSY 3XX3/4XX3 Junior/Senior Elective  3
LDR 4000 Leadership Capstone 0
  Open Elective 7
   TOTAL 15

Second Semester (Example)

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
PHY 4843* Condensed Matter Physics* 3
PHY 4743* Optics, Lasers, and Microscopy* 3
PHY 4781* Optics, Lasers, and Microscopy Lab* 1
PHY 4922 Senior Project 2 2
  Open Electives 6
   TOTAL 15

*These courses are offered every two years. An individual plan of work will be developed in consultation with the student's advisor.

For more information or to speak with an advisor, contact the Department of Natural Sciences at 248.204.3600, email, or visit room 5322 in the Science Building.