Majors & Minors

Applied Physics Pre-Engineering Pathway

The interdisciplinary program Applied Physics is for students interested in engineering. 


Steve Alexander

Professor of Physics



Steve Alexander

Professor of Physics

Applied Science
Applied Science (Credit: Southwestern University)

Southwestern University offers a pre-engineering program, administered by the Physics Department, that 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. This program places the technical training of the engineer within the broader perspective of the liberal arts tradition and gives particular emphasis to the subject of engineering design.

Program Goal: To provide students with the basis of a strong liberal arts education with emphasis on basic sciences, mathematics and engineering design and to prepare them for successful completion of an engineering program.


Applied Physics News

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.

Rendering of Fondren Jones Science Center Phase II

Southwestern Officially Breaks Ground on Phase II of Fondren-Jones Science Center

On February 2, 2018, Southwestern University officially broke ground on the second phase of a $37 million-dollar expansion to the Fondren-Jones Science Center. The project is expected to be completed and ready to welcome students in the fall of 2019.