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applied/engineering physics

Postby ryan6 » Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:58 pm

Simple question: are applied-physics and engineering-physics separate fields/departments or just two names for the same thing? I keep seeing both names used and cannot tell if they are completely interchangable or if there are differences. If these two are different, even slightly, please explain.

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Re: applied/engineering physics

Postby modernphysics » Fri Oct 22, 2010 9:29 am

Dear ryan6,
sorry for no reply from any member!
any way check the following two links

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Re: applied/engineering physics

Postby ryan6 » Sun Oct 24, 2010 12:20 am

Yeah, thx. From the wiki on engineering physics...

""This is why in some countries only the B.Sc. part of the degree is called a degree in Engineering Physics.""

I think this is the main difference I was looking for. I have observed this a little since I asked the question. It seems that bachelors are given in "Engineering Physics" while masters and phd are given in "Applied Physics." At least, this is the way things are done at cornell apparently

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Re: applied/engineering physics

Postby appliedphysics » Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:43 pm

I am a graduate student in Applied Physics program. The difference between Applied Physics and Engineering Physics is the following:

1. Mostly, Applied Physics is offered as a graduate degree, student in Applied Physics consider themselves as Physicist. Engineering Physics is mostly offered as an undergraduate degree, students in Engineering Physics often are more interested in Engineering problems.

2. Applied Physics is, in some schools, with the Physics program and department or at least in the school of science. In some schools, Applied Physics is in School of Applied Sciences. Engineering Physics is mostly in the School of Engineering.

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