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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

Qualifications

  • 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:

L. O.
◈ Studied BS Applied Physics
◈ At University of the Philippines Diliman
◈ Graduated 2007

list bulletWhy did I choose Applied Physics: It had lots of math and although my physics subject in high-school wasn't handled very well, it made me interested to know the inner workings of anything and everything. Knowing how the world works and why it is so looked so fun.

list bulletAbout my college education: The teachers usually made it look easier than it actually was, that is until the exams came. Problem sets spanning weeks, in addition to the usual home works were what made it tedious but also made us manage our time better.

You will need curiosity, hard work, perseverance. There are no shortcuts. Subjects will be failed, graduations will be delayed (unless you really, really, really want to graduate on time. :p).

list bulletMy current job: Editorial Analyst. I basically read other people's researches, try to understand whatever they're saying, then classify and index it so other people interested in their research will be able to find it.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Absolutely. Critical thinking, basic understanding of concepts, discipline.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I've been in this job since before I graduated.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Applied Physics: Employment opportunities abound. Aside from the now booming semiconductor/solar cell/materials industries that are directly related to the course, many companies now seek Physics/Applied Physics graduates in addition to engineers due to the similar training and because physicists are mostly well rounded in terms of experimental and theoretical expertise. Also, IT and programming jobs are also available because those subjects are also part of the curriculum.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Don't be scared and also don't look at it like an instant ticket to fortune. The satisfaction comes with the learning, not the earning.
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