Aug 14, 2018  
2016 - 2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016 - 2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Science Department



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The Applied Science Program

General Description

The Department of Applied Science is an interdisciplinary graduate department that focuses on the Ph.D., which also offers an M.S. degree in some cases. Both degrees can be customized and focused into a number of concentrations in the physical and natural sciences. The program is offered by the core faculty of Applied Science in cooperation with affiliated faculty from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), as well as from the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) and the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab).


The department assumes that students entering the program have completed an undergraduate major in a physical or natural science, mathematics, or an engineering discipline. Information about the Department and applications for admission can be obtained from our web page

Each applicant must submit the results of the general test from the Graduate Record Examinations. Students from non-English speaking countries must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores and are strongly encouraged to make a Skype appointment with department admissions staff. Applications must be completed by 5:00 p.m. the first Friday of February for entrance in the Fall semester. Spring semester applications must be completed by 5:00 p.m. the second Friday in October.


In coordination with their advisor, Applied Science graduate students may choose one of the following research fields to be listed on the final transcript as their concentration area.

Accelerator Science
Applied Mathematics
Applied Mechanics
Applied Robotics
Atmospheric and Environmental Science
Computational Neuroscience
Interface, Thin Film, and Surface Science
Lasers and Optics
Magnetic Resonance
Materials Science & Engineering
Mathematical and Computational Biology
Medical Imaging
Non-Destructive Evaluation
Polymer Chemistry
Remote Sensing

Programs and Course Descriptions



    Applied Science

    Description of Courses

    (See Explanation of Course Descriptions)
    Many of the courses for Applied Science are described in Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics sections of this catalog. Wherever a William and Mary course is specified as a prerequisite or corequisite, it is understood that an equivalent course, taken at another institution, may be substituted. Typically, Readings in Applied Science differs from Topics in Applied Science in that a topic implies regular meetings in a course/lecture format.

    Unless otherwise noted, all courses are graded using standard grading [A, B, C, D, F] scheme (See Grading and Academic Progress in the section entitled 'Graduate Regulations') and may not be repeated for credit (See Repeated Courses requirements in the section entitled 'Graduate Regulations').

    See the Open Course List to search for open seats in a term.