Applied Physics
Applied Physics
Degree / Award Title
Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics
Offering Academic Unit
Department of Physics
Mode of Study

Aims of Major

This major is to provide Bachelor-level education to students with diverse backgrounds, to prepare them to pursue a career in areas such as environmental physics, optics, materials technology, and biomedical physics in the industrial, commercial, governmental or educational sectors. On completion of the major, graduates will be able to integrate knowledge learned in the major to support in at least an original discovery or creative design relevant to applied physics.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Major (MILOs)

Upon successful completion of the applied physics major, students should be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, physics, and engineering appropriate to the degree in Physics (with the focus on one or more of the areas in applied physics: environmental physics, optics, materials technology, and biomedical physics). This includes: (a) to design a component, a process or a system to meet desired needs within realistic constraints. (b) to identify, formulate, and solve physics and engineering problems.
  2. Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze, interpret and present results.
  3. Use the techniques, skills, and modern Physics and engineering tools including computer/IT tools necessary for practices appropriate to the degree in Physics along with an understanding of their processes and limitations.
  4. Appreciate the impact of Physics and engineering applications in a global and societal context, especially the importance of health, safety and environmental considerations to both workers and the general public.
  5. Appreciate professional and ethical responsibility.
  6. Appreciate basic laws and principles of physics and to use this knowledge to explain everyday life examples and phenomena, to explain science to people not in the science and engineering discipline, and to educate the public in physics.
  7. Work in a multidisciplinary team.
  8. Communicate effectively.
  9. Recognize the need for, and to engage in life-long learning, including the ability to stay abreast of contemporary issues.
  10. Create an original discovery or design that are motivated from the major of study

Degree Requirements

Requirements Normative 4-year
Advanced Standing I1 Advanced Standing II2
Gateway Education requirement 30 credit units 21 credit units 12 credit units
College requirement 6 credit units waived waived
Major requirement

66/65^ credit units

66 credit units 60 credit units
Free electives / Minor (if applicable) 18/19^ credit units 3 credit units 0 credit unit
Minimum Graduation Requirement: 120 credit units 90 credit units 72 credit units
Maximum Credit Units Permitted: 144 credit units 114 credit units 84 credit units
Note 1: For students with recognised Advanced Level Examinations or equivalent qualifications.
Note 2: For Associate Degree/Higher Diploma graduates admitted as senior-year intake students.

^ For students who plan to pursue the Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program between City University of Hong Kong and Columbia University