Applied Physics is a category of physics where fundamental discoveries in physics drive the creation, invention, and innovation of practical devices and systems. It has produced technological breakthroughs with profound effects to the development of modern civilization. An example would be the application of the physics of semiconductors to the invention of the transistor and computers. In addition, applied physics is also the practice of applying physics, including its concepts and methodologies, to other sciences.
The BS Applied Physics program aims to provide sufficient background knowledge, perspectives, and training to enable students to explore the practical implications of physics and extend the boundaries of what we know about the Universe. Graduates of this four-year program learn how to apply the principles and methods of physics to solve practical problems or to extend our knowledge in physics and the other sciences.
BS Applied Physics students may do research in the foundations of quantum mechanics, condensed matter theory, statistical physics, cosmology and particle physics, materials physics and engineering, optics and instrumentation, physics education, and complex systems.
Graduates of the BS Applied Physics program are equipped to pursue advanced physics research, university physics teaching, graduate studies, and employment in physics-related jobs in academia, businesses, industry, or the government.