Professor Geoff Dougherty instructing a student Applied Physics is the interface between science and technology, between the laboratory and industrial practice. It applies the concepts and models of physics to practical technological applications.

Applied Physics is the interface between science and technology, between the laboratory and industrial practice. It applies the concepts and models of physics to practical technological applications. Applied physics is essentially an inter-disciplinary undertaking, interacting with mathematics, computer science, engineering, the life sciences, medicine and other disciplines. Applied physicists use their understanding and skills at the new scientific and technological frontiers that are developing rapidly at the interface between more traditional disciplines, e.g. biophysics, biomedical engineering, bioinformatics, materials science, and medical imaging. They have the flexibility to adapt to changing technological requirements and the ability to make meaningful contributions to modern, interdisciplinary investigations.

Our Applied Physics major offers students the option of two emphases: technology and physical sciences. The program meets a demand raised by professional and scientific companies in the region and by students already pursuing Applied Physics as their minor. It is a physics-in-technology program where the concepts of physics are applied to high tech applications. Local high-tech industries have been particularly interested in the skills that the technology emphasis has to offer, while the physical science emphasis caters to those students interested in teaching, journalism, public service, sales, business, etc.

The Applied Physics programs are specifically designed to enable students to move into well-paid professional employment upon graduation or proceed to graduate study.

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