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Applied Physics uses fundamental physical concepts and principles to develop new technologies and devices that aim at solving modern scientific problems of our society. The program offers training that leads to the understanding and mastering of modern experimental techniques relevant for industry and academic research.

The applied physics option at CSULB offers a Master's degree that emphasizes the knowledge of fundamental physical principles and problem solving skills through hands-on experience with experimental techniques important for nanotechnology, modern optics, magnetism and electrical/materials/system engineering. You will have the opportunity to learn and operate many state-of-the-art equiments such as those listed in the Facilities & Resources link.

It is also possible to do a theoretical work under the Applied Physics option. Interested students should contact professors in theoretical physics or the graduate advisor for more information.


Two courses from the following must be taken. One of the two experimental methods in category A is required.

A. Experimental Hands-on Experience

  • PHYS 545 - Experimental Methods in Physics I
  • PHYS 546 - Experimental Methods in Physics II

    B. Optics or Computer Interfacing

  • PHYS 580 - Computer Interfacing in Experimental Physics
  • PHYS 575 / 576 - Modern Optics / Lab

    PHYS 545 - Experimental Methods in Physics I

    You will learn about the fundamentals of nuclear magnetic resonance, atomic force microscopy, Arduino with sensors, and optical photolithography, and obtain hands-on experience with these important experimental techniques. There is also a free project. You will write 5 lab reports using LaTeX for writing and R language for data analysis.
    Instructor: Prof. T. Gredig

    PHYS 546 - Experimental Methods in Physics II

    Modern physical measurement techniques in condensed matter physics involving high magnetic fields and low temperatures, and x-ray diffraction. Examples are temperature and magnetic field effects in magnetic materials, Meissner effect and superconducting transition temperature in superconductors, and mobility and Hall effect in semiconductors.
    Instructor: Prof. J. Gu

    PHYS 576 - Modern Optics / Lab

    The modern optics labs teaches about the basics of the propagation of electromagnetic waves, optical resonators, laser spectroscopy and operation, optical phase conjugation, nonlinear optics and selected applications.
    Instructor: N/A

    PHYS 580 - Computer Interfacing in Experimental Physics

    Modern data acquisition and analysis methods using computer-based equipment and high level software. Physics experiments performed with standard personal computers, and LabVIEW instruments. Computer use as tool in execution and interpretation of experiments. The course is certified by National Instruments as a NI LabVIEW Academy program.
    Instructor: Prof. C. Kwon