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The Applied Science Program
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, Mathematics, and Psychological Sciences, as well as from the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) and the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab).
William & Mary uses an online application system. Application materials consist of GRE scores taken within the past five years, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Minimally, each applicant must have a Bachelor's degree with a major in a physical or natural science, mathematics, or an engineering discipline. If English is not your first language, your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores are required and must be sent directly to William & Mary by the Educational Testing Service or IELTS and you are strongly encouraged to make a Skype appointment with department admissions staff. For full consideration, review of applications begins 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. Applications submitted after the program's deadline may be evaluated if space is available.
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.
Atmospheric and Environmental Science
Interface, Thin Film, and Surface Science
Lasers and Optics
Materials Science & Engineering
Mathematical and Computational Biology
Plasma Dynamics (experimental and computational)
Stochastic Environmental Dynamics
Programs and Course Descriptions
Description of Courses
Many of the courses for Applied Science are described in Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics sections of this catalog. Wherever a William & 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).