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BS in Applied Physics in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics is a four-year program ideal for students who would like to pursue the principles and real-life applications of physics. The program is designed to equip students with the knowledge and problem-solving skills needed in order to apply physics to the broad realm of practical problems in engineering, science, and industry. Students will also be able to gain analytical skills in developing technology through the fundamental principles of physics.

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Applied Physics encouraged to take the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand under the Academic Track. The strand provides the basics of applied mathematics and sciences that will be useful in their college life.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Fundamental Physics
  • General Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Instrumentation Physics
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Experimental Physics
  • Physical Electronics
  • Solid State Physics
  • Statistical Physics
  • Modern Physics
  • Optical Physics

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Program Outcome

Graduates of BS in Applied Physics are expected to be able to:

  • Articulate the latest developments in their specific field of practice
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing using both English and Filipino languages
  • Work effectively and independently in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams
  • Demonstrate professional, social, and ethical responsibility, especially in practicing intellectual property rights and sustainable development
  • Ability to apply principles of physics in practical problems
  • Use analytical skills in technological development

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in high technology companies, government laboratories, and educational institutions.

Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

The BS in Applied Physics does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Applied Physics may pursue a career path in high technology companies, government laboratories, and educational institutions. They may apply as a researcher, laboratory technician, geophysicist, acoustic consultant, research scientist, medical physics scientist, or high school physics teacher.

Reviews of BS in Applied Physics graduates:

list bulletAbout my college education: Studying BS Applied Physics in UP Los Baños was difficult for me. Physics was already hard and I had to take it up in a very competitive university where the instructors and professors expect a lot from their students. A person who wants to study the same should possess analytical skills. It's almost the same as studying engineering, maybe even harder. Of course, he would need to work hard as no degree is really easy.

list bulletMy current job: I am now an instructor in a private college.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: As I am currently teaching fundamental engineering physics, I am not using everything I learned in college. I am using only the basics, what I studied in my first two years of college.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 6 months

list bulletDo I recommend studying Applied Physics: BS Aphy gives people a lot of opportunities. They can choose a career in different fields such as software engineering, electronics, materials engineering and academia. I think my classmates who ventured into these fields receive high salaries. The same goes for me. If you see yourself choosing one of these careers then I recommend BS Applied Physics in UP Los Banos to you.
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