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.