Applied Physics

Applied Physics is a branch of physics that focuses on the technological or practical use of the discipline. It uses the science of physics to solve engineering problems or develop new technologies.


Applied Physics is a branch of physics that focuses on the technological or practical use of the discipline.

Applied Physics uses the science of physics to solve engineering problems or develop new technologies.

Only available as a minor.

At a Glance

Degree options
Minor only


At Mount Allison, the Physics department promotes a personal experience for students, with experiential learning as a key feature — students learn through collaborative, hands-on activities.

Students in Applied Physics may take courses in: 

  • digital signal processing and electronics
  • medical physics
  • thermodynamics
  • energy production and the environment
  • the physics of music and sound

Applied Physics is available as a minor only.

Other programs available in the Department of Physics:

Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, an honours, and a certificate?


Students in the Physics of Music and Sound class


Whether you're entering the job market or continuing your education, your Mount Allison degree will stand out.

Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean's as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada more times than any other university.

With experiential learning and career development opportunities available in every degree, you'll also graduate with hands-on learning and real-world experiences.

Our graduates also boast extraordinarily high acceptance rates to top graduate programs and professional schools such as law and medicine.

Popular career paths in applied physics include:

  • aeronautical/agricultural/metallurgical scientist
  • research and development scientist
  • automotive development specialist
  • astrophysicist
  • cancer therapy physicist
  • computer programmer
  • engineering mechanics specialist
  • environmental health specialist
  • medical device designer/inspector
  • instrumentation developer


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Applied Physics deals with numbers and also with problems encountered in daily life. It is an important and useful discipline and it is satisfying to apply what I learned in Applied Physics to my everyday life. I also love the small class sizes which gives me the opportunity to share new ideas and discuss them with my professors.

Honours Chemistry, minor in Applied Physics
Shenzhen, China


Undergraduate research opportunities

Faculty are actively involved in research, and there are many opportunities for students to participate in research through faculty-supervised independent research projects during summers or during academic terms.

Research opportunities in the Department of Physics include:

  • experimental subatomic physics
  • theoretical particle physics
  • materials science
  • medical physics
  • stellar astrophysics


Physics students have access to:

  • an integrated laboratory-classroom for experiential learning
  • an optics lab and darkroom
  • astronomy, astrophysics, thermodynamic and fluids, and electronics and signal processing labs
  • the Mount Allison Gemini Observatory (MAGO)


Bachelor of Science

Admission Requirements

Our admissions decisions are based on your academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for personal growth. The drop down menu below will help you find information on what pre-requisites are recommended for a Bachelor of Science; however, a minor in Applied Physics can be combined with any degree.

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