The major in applied physics enables you to incorporate coursework from computer science, chemistry, or engineering to tailor your degree to your post-graduation plans. The degree empowers students to thrive in today’s ever-increasing interdisciplinary graduate programs and career fields.

Fast Facts:
  • Unrivaled learning and lab facilities in Trinity’s $127-million Center for the Sciences and Innovation
  • Intimate class sizes with no graduate student or teaching assistant intermediaries
  • Emphasis on writing and presentation skills and national/regional research presentation opportunities
Jennifer Steele teaches physics students


What You'll Study

Make your physics degree work for you


Making Waves

Our faculty blend the cutting-edge research programs you’d expect to find at a larger school with the personal mentorship of a small, liberal arts university. And with no graduate students competing for faculty attention, our commitment to undergraduate achievement is paramount.

Jennifer Steele
Jennifer Steele, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Kwan Cheng
Kwan Cheng, Ph.D.
Nirav Mehta
Nirav Mehta, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
David Pooley
David Pooley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Orrin Shindell
Orrin Shindell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Student Opportunities

Physics empowers students to embrace STEM.



Semmes Scholarship

Trinity University selects two or three outstanding incoming first-year students to be Semmes Distinguished Scholars in Science...

Research Opportunities

Trinity students research computational and experimental biophysics, cellular membrane dynamics, theoretical quantum mechanics, nanotechnology...

Study Abroad

Today, cross-cultural understanding is as much a practical necessity as an educational standard. More than 45 percent of Trinity students study abroad...


Through the Society of Physics Students, students often volunteer with local science fairs, major fairs, and STEM Fests.

Student Organizations

Trinity houses an active chapter of the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma. The Physics Department is also active in both the Trinity...

Student Awards and Recognition

Outstanding Graduating Senior Award
This award is given to a student based on their overall academic and research performance in physics and general...

When You Graduate

Lifelong momentum

The applied physics major equips students with the interdisciplinary knowledge and practical experience necessary to flourish in a wide array of graduate programs, research fields, and careers.



Trinity students with biology degrees are successful in a broad range of careers, including research and development and health professions.

Graduate Schools or Programs:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astrophysics
  • Biophysics
  • Data Science
  • Cornell University
  • Material Physics and Science
  • Nanotechnology​​​​​​
  • Optical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Rice University
  • Stanford University

Career Areas:

  • Data Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Industrial Physics
  • Optical Engineering
  • Research
  • Teaching

    Notable Companies who have Hired Trinity Graduates:

    • Advanced Micro Devices
    • BJN Technologies
    • Boeing
    • Columbia Industries
    • Dow Chemical
    • McDonnell Douglas
    • Research and teaching positions at schools and universities
    • Southwest Research Institute
    • Space X

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