Majors & Minors

Applied Physics Pre-Engineering Pathway

Train as an engineer and study design within the broader perspective of the liberal arts and sciences.


Steve Alexander

Professor of Physics

Steve Alexander

Professor of Physics

Applied Science
Applied Science (Credit: Southwestern University)

The Applied Physics Pre-Engineering Pathway prepares you to embrace your creative side while making a difference in the world. Whether it’s developing stunning special effects for a video game, inventing efficient ways to harness energy from renewable sources, ensuring food safety, or designing more effective equipment for diagnosing medical ailments, engineering has been on the cutting edge of research and innovation across a range of industries. And at Southwestern, you will gain technical training and a multidisciplinary perspective of the applied sciences while learning about effective written and graphical communication, analytical problem-solving, computer-aided design, and the social contexts of product development.

This pathway consists of three years of classes at Southwestern followed by additional academic work at an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology)–accredited engineering school. Engaging in courses in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering design, you will be prepared not only to complete an engineering program but also to succeed in various fields, from acoustic, structural, civil, and mechanical engineering to fashion design, transportation safety, infrastructure management, and sports equipment compliance.


Applied Physics News

Ocean research

Of Whales in Research

Physics major Hayden Smith ’20 is studying ocean engineering in hopes of pursuing a career in renewable energy.

Antonio Mendez ’20

The Undergraduate Research Experience at Southwestern

Antonio Mendez ’20 discusses how research at Southwestern is unique.

Watch the final beam ceremony.

Final Beam Ceremony

Watch special moments from the Final Beam Ceremony including: Jack Garey signing the final beam and a bird’s eye view of the construction.