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BS Physics / Applied Physics Track

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

67980 USD
67980 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Department of Physics
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)102
SAT (avg)1400
ACT (avg)30

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About this course

The B.S. in Physics/Applied Physics Track is designed primarily for the student who wants to prepare for a career path that takes advantage of the diverse and expanding opportunities for employment in industrial and government laboratories with a B.S. degree. The program provides a solid foundation in the concepts of physics, as well as giving the student the experience and understanding of the application of these concepts. The track is intended to enhance computing and laboratory skills, and to introduce the application of physics to those subjects of particular interest to the student.

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Eligibility Criteria

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required if your native language is not English. Carnegie Mellon requires TOEFL scores of 102 or better on the internet-based TOEFL (as of Fall 2010) or an IELTS score of 7.5 and above. Carnegie Mellon carefully reviews the sub-scores of each of these exams and considers those candidates with reading, listening, speaking and writing sub-scores of 25 or more on TOEFL and 7.5 or more on IELTS to be candidates with high levels of English proficiency.

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Course Modules

The 8 Physics, Mathematics and Technical courses for the B.S. in the Applied Physics Track are as follows:

 Physics/Technical Courses

33-448 Introduction to Solid State Physics
One course (at least 9 units) which strengthens the student’s ability to use the computer as a tool in the research environment
Two courses (at least 18 units), at least one of them in another department, which broaden the student’s laboratory skills
Two courses (at least 18 units), at least one of them in another department, which give the student experience in applying basic physics principles to a variety of problems
One research course: either 33-350 or 33-451the research topic must be applied physics related and must be approved by the Assistant Head for Undergraduate Affairs.
Math Elective

One course of at least 9 unitschosen from any 21-2xx or higher level course except 21-350.

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How to Apply

  • Official high school transcript
  • All required standardized testing official score reports, which includes SAT Subject Tests for most majors and the TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your native language
  • Secondary School Counselor Evaluation
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Common Application essay and personal statement

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