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Applied Physics

What is Applied Physics?

Gold conducts elecricity over a billion times more easily than glass .... Why?  

Physics try to answer this sort of question by measuring and modeling phenomena in the physical world around us. 

Applied physics makes a connection between fundamental research in physics and its application to real-world problem-solving.  Research in applied physics has led to the use of elecricity and magnetism for lighting and propulsion, given birth to the semiconductor industry that has provided us with the conveniences of modern electronics, and played an important part in the development of biomedical technology.  While engineers have perfected many of these inventions, applied physicists have been responsible for their discovery. 

The degree in applied physics prepares students to suceed in a wide range of entry-level positions in the high technology and biotechnology industry by giving them a broad and rigorous grounding in the principles of physics, while at the same time emphasizing the application of physics to real-world problems. 

Degree recipients will also be prepared for graduate study in physics, engineering, or related fields; as well as careers in physics teaching.  

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics will be able to: 

1. Carry out the process of scientific investigation, using appropriate lab techniques and safety procedures. 

2. Apply mathematical techniques to represent, model, and solve physics problems, including real-world problems. 

3. Write simple computer programs that control scientific experiments, gather physical data, and model or simulate physical processes. 

4. Apply specific knowledge in the areas of mechanics, electromagnetism, thermal physics, and quantum phenomena to problem solve in these fields and to real-world applications. 

5. Design, troubleshoot, and test analog and digital electronics circuits for real-world applications. 

6. Keep a laboratory notebook and know how to present scientific information as a technical article, as a formal journal article, or as a public oral presentation.