The undergraduate Engineering Physics curriculum is designed for students who want to pursue careers that lead the advances in applied science, advanced technology, and engineering. Its distinguishing feature is a focus on the fundamentals of physics and mathematics, both experimental and theoretical, which are the foundation of modern engineering and research. By choosing an appropriate concentration, the students may combine this physics base with a solid background in a conventional area of engineering or applied science.
The one-year Master of Engineering degree program (M.Eng.) in Engineering Physics may lead directly to employment in engineering design and development or may be a basis for further graduate work. Students have the opportunity to broaden and deepen their preparation in the general field of applied physics, or they may choose the more specific option of preparing for professional engineering work in a particular area such as laser and optical technology, nanostructure science and technology, device physics, materials characterization, or software engineering. Wide latitude is allowed in the choice of the required design project.
The two-year Master of Science program offers advanced study and training in the three disciplines that form the core of the Applied Physics graduate program at Cornell: Optics, Nanotechnologies, and Biotechnologies. It provides valuable graduate training and research/design project experience sought after by industry, government and R&D organizations. Each discipline combines a common core of fundamental mathematics and physics and an interdisciplinary curriculum that addresses the frontiers of their respective technology fields, with a research or design project focused on applying physics to scientific and technological problems. The curriculum is tailored to fit the needs of individual students, and the project offers an opportunity for independent research under the supervision of leading scientists and engineers. These programs are designed to fulfill the needs of the students with basic science background and seeking advanced training in specific application fields.
The Doctorate in Applied Physics program in the graduate field of Applied Physics is a research-oriented doctoral program that is flexible, individualized, and limited only by a student's interests. The interdisciplinary nature of Applied Physics enables students to enroll in courses offered by departments throughout the university, including physics, chemistry, biological sciences, astronomy, electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics, and materials science. Students who wish to do so may also take courses in a variety of nonscientific topics such as music, business, and foreign languages.