Why study applied physics at UC Santa Cruz?
If you want to transform the fundamental laws and theories behind our universe into practical uses, such as developing new technologies that are not accessible using current tools available to engineers, come to UC Santa Cruz. Here you’ll study alongside innovative experts who are leading the charge to develop quantum computers, new solar cell applications, medical imaging techniques, and advanced laser instrumentation.
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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree policies
Program size: ~65 Students
Student to faculty ratio: 8.2:1
Our Applied Physics B.S. program provides a comprehensive coverage of the field and the background necessary for graduate school or industrial careers. We teach you how to analyze complex problems and strengthen your quantitative reasoning—valuable skills that can be applied in any technical field. A senior research thesis mentored by our faculty experts is required, providing you with the opportunity to tackle theoretical or experimental problems that interest you.
How to apply
Undergraduate student admissions to UC Santa Cruz are handled through the University of California’s online application system. Be sure to review the steps you must take, and when, to ensure that your application is considered.