Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science - Applied Physics


Applied Physics

Caltech's Applied Physics program originally encompassed semiconductor devices and lasers. Today, it includes subjects spanning quantum engineering to physical biology, and reflects new and varied intersections within science and technology. Academics are rooted in fundamental physics: quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, statistical mechanics/thermodynamics, mechanics, and mathematical physics. The intensive curriculum combined with broad research opportunities give the Applied Physics student technical depth and the capacity to impact a wide range of fields.