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Undergraduate Opportunities

The Applied Physics Department does not offer an undergraduate major. Refer to the undergraduate program of the Physics Department for information on the Physics undergraduate major at Stanford.

However, there are several opportunities for undergraduate involvement with the department’s faculty:

Applied Physics faculty members are active in teaching in the undergraduate curriculum of other departments and provide research opportunities for undergraduates. Undergraduates should feel free to reach out to faculty regarding summer and academic year research opportunities. The Physics Department offers a summer research program.

The Engineering Physics undergraduate major, administered by the School of Engineering, is designed for students who have an interest in and an aptitude for both engineering and physics. The program provides students with a firm foundation in physics and mathematics, together with engineering design and problem-solving skills. This background prepares students to tackle complex problems in multidisciplinary areas that are at the forefront of 21st-century technology, such as solid state devices, quantum optics and photonics, materials science, nanotechnology, electromechanical systems, energy systems, and any engineering field that requires a very solid background in physics. Because the program emphasizes science, mathematics and engineering, students are well prepared to pursue graduate work in engineering, physics or applied physics. For more information on the Engineering Physics undergraduate major and pre-major advising, contact Prof. Pat Burchat.

The Physics Department offers a Concentration in Applied Physics that augments the Physics Major.