Applied Physics at The University of Northern Iowa

What is Applied Physics?

From Wikipedia:

Applied physics is a general term for physics which is intended for a particular technological or practical use. "Applied" is distinguished from "pure" by a subtle combination of factors such as the motivation and attitude of researchers and the nature of the relationship to the technology or science that may be affected by the work.

It usually differs from engineering in that an applied physicist may not be designing something in particular, but rather is using physics or conducting physics research with the aim of developing new technologies or solving an engineering problem. This approach is similar to that of applied mathematics.

In other words, applied physics is rooted in the fundamental truths and basic concepts of the physical sciences but is concerned with the utilization of these scientific principles in practical devices and systems.

Applied physicists can also be interested in the use of physics for scientific research. For instance, people working on accelerator physics seek to build better accelerators for research in theoretical physics.

PSM in Applied Physics

The PSM in Applied Physics gives students practical experience in areas such as computer simulations for applications, investigation methods for materials using nanotechnology, computer interfacing and signal processing, and methods of experiment design. Emphasis is placed on examples and projects drawn from industry.

  • Full and part-time study options
  • Day and evening classes
  • 12-month accelerated program option
  • Combined BA/BS+PSM 5-year program option

Program Highlights

  • Specialized courses in applied physics directed toward immediate employment.
  • A Business Management for Science Professionals course that provides a business overview.
  • Seminar classes that allow students to learn and work with other PSM students from diverse specialties in a team environment.
  • An internship that helps students make the transition from PSM student to PSM graduate and employed professional.

For a brochure or more information, please send an e-mail to Dr. Cliff Chancey or call him at 319-273-2420.

UNI's five PSM degree programs

In addition to Applied Physics, The University of Northern Iowa offers Professional Science Master's Degrees in the following four fields:

Note: Before you enroll in a PSM program at The University of Northern Iowa, you must apply for admission to the Graduate College. Click here for application information.