Applied Physics and Pre-Engineering (Bachelor of Science)
From preparing you to solve real-world problems to readying you for high-tech industry careers in a highly competitive job market, Creighton’s Bachelor of Science in applied physics and pre-engineering opens doors to a myriad of future opportunities.
An applied physics and pre-engineering BS provides you with a strong base in the quantitative analysis of data and concepts in physics, math and computer science that are essential to graduate study in engineering.
You’ll gain an understanding of the application of statistical analysis to physical measurements and learn to effectively present results of quantitative studies.
Students pursuing Creighton’s Bachelor of Science in applied physics and pre-engineering will learn:
- The fundamental concepts in each of the major areas of physics
- Ways in which statistics are applied to the analysis of physical measurements
- How to effectively present the results of quantitative studies
- How to develop your conceptual and mathematical problem-solving abilities and solve real-world problems in the classroom and in research with faculty
- Ways to design, build and conduct laboratory experiments that test scientific hypotheses
- How to analyze data and apply statistics and error analysis to understand and validate experimental results
- Mathematical, statistical and computational skills that are transferable to any field of science or engineering
- How to work independently and collaboratively on difficult and open-ended questions
- Approaches for effectively communicating science in a variety of formats to diverse audiences
Hands-on experience in solar energy technology is also available through this program.
Creighton admissions are based upon:
- High school GPA
- ACT or SAT scores*
- Extracurricular activities
- Personal statement to demonstrate creative abilities not reflected in your transcripts
- Recommendation from high school counselor
- Honors sections and advanced placement courses will enhance a candidate’s application
*For students who are choosing to apply test-optional, ACT/SAT exam scores are not required at the time of application for admission.
Dates & Deadlines
Applications for the fall semester open on Aug. 1 of the prior year. For scholarship consideration, the earlier you complete your undergraduate application, the better. For up-to-date deadlines, visit our admissions page.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition rates are updated each year. Visit our financial aid site to learn more about the cost of attendance.
Creighton University's Financial Aid Office administers over $200,000,000 in student aid each year from federal, state, institutional and private sources.
To help make your undergraduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. A variety of scholarships are also available.
Applied physical analysis majors at Creighton can participate in a wide variety of cutting-edge research opportunities. In fact, all our majors participate in faculty-led research at some point in their careers, some starting as early as their freshman year. Most will give presentations about their work at regional and national meetings, and some even become published authors before graduation.
Creighton applied physical analysis students have also had great success competing for prestigious summer research and internship opportunities at national labs and major research universities.
You may choose graduate study in any of the specialties of physics. The acceptance rate for Creighton physics majors applying to graduate or professional schools is over 95%.
Recent graduates have gone on to:
- Creighton University graduate and professional schools
- University of Iowa
- University of California, San Diego
- University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
- University of Notre Dame
- Rice University
- Johns Hopkins University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
An applied physics and pre-engineering degree provides students with a strong foundation for careers in rapidly developing high-tech industries. Graduates find an unusual flexibility in career choice and exceptional strength and stability in the job market. Fields that applied physics and pre-engineering majors pursue include:
- Astrophysics and space exploration
- Atomic physics
- Computer science and technology
- Electronics and photonics
- Laser physics
- Mathematical physics
- Medical physics
- Nuclear physics
- Solid state physics and superconductivity
In addition, many Creighton graduates who chose physics as their major enjoy successful careers as doctors, dentists, lawyers and teachers. Recent applied physics and pre-engineering graduates have gone on to employers such as:
- Kiewit Engineering
- U.S. Department of Energy
- U.S. Air Force
- Amadeus Consulting Group
- Fidelity National Financial
- University of Nebraska Medical Center
- Capuchin Volunteer Corps
- Cerner Corporation
- U.S. Department of Energy