Bachelor of Science - Applied Physics

The Applied Physics major is not an ordinary Physics major. In Applied Physics, students are taught biomedical physicsquantum physicscomputational physics, and lasers and optics, paving their way to a diversified career path including medicine and health care, education, engineering, commercial and industrial sectors, nuclear radiation facilities or postgraduate study.

Students may take part in the department-based research attachment scheme, which provides them early exposure to discovery and innovation. Students of the Applied Physics major who meet certain requirements can apply for admission to the Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program between City University of Hong Kong and Columbia University in USA.

Undergraduate Programmes


Enriching Experiences

Two Colleges, Two Degrees, Four Years

Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program between CityU and Columbia University

The Joint Bachelor's Degree Program between City University of Hong Kong and Columbia University offers students an international undergraduate educational experience. The program draws upon elements both traditional and innovative, combining the academic rigor of two world-renowned universities with an attention to the roles that social and cultural traditions play in a student’s intellectual formation.

Second year applied physics major students (normative 4-year degree) with outstanding academic performance may apply for this program.

Students admitted to the Joint Degree Program spend their third and fourth years at Columbia University in USA, and earn a Bachelor of Science degree from CityU and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University at the end of their study.

Our 1st Cohort of Graduates

Enrich Your Experience through Exchange Studies

Student Exchange Programme

Students are encouraged to undertake exchange studies at the partner institutions of CityU to enrich their learning experience and broaden their global exposures. Upon completion of the relevant courses at the Host University, students participating in all levels of exchange programmes can apply for transferring their earned credits to their CityU academic programmes.

Student Exchange Programme

Do you know we also offer Minor?

Our Minor

Students admitted to bachelor’s degrees who (i) have a home major and (ii) have not been granted any extra credit units above the maximum credit limit permitted by the University are eligible to apply for declaring a minor during the specified application periods. 

We also offer courses for Visiting Students!

Visiting Students

Applicants who do not wish to pursue a full programme of study at the University but are interested in taking courses on a short-term basis (less than one academic year) may apply for admission as a visiting student to attend selected course(s) and take the assessment as decided by the course offering unit. Visiting students will be admitted only if the relevant course offering unit is satisfied with their academic ability and if there are places available in the lecture groups for the course(s) concerned.

Looking for teaching resources?


STEP UP is an important initiative at American Physical Society. It is a national community of high school physics teachers, researchers, and professional societiesBy providing research-driven lesson plans, STEP UP empowers high school physics teachers to create cultural change and inspire young women to pursue physics in college.

Please click the below video link to learn more about STEP UP and the impact it has had on high school students and physics teachers.