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  • Applied Physics

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    Applied Physics The Department of Applied Physics focuses on solving technological and scientific challenges through the lens of physics. Graduate students with a background in physics or engineering pursue research and coursework in the field as it relates to technical applications.

    Through collaboration with other disciplines such as engineering, materials science, biology, and chemistry, the department integrates a broad range of techniques and ideologies relevant to contemporary physics. Current areas of study include research in accelerator physics, atomic and molecular physics, biophysics, nanoscience and technology, photonics, and quantum information. Learn More »

  • Biology

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    Biology Stanford’s Biology Department encompasses a vast body of subdisciplines, from molecular biology to ecology. Through a core set of courses and specialized electives, undergraduate students learn how to analyze information critically, draw connections across disciplines, and communicate ideas to the scientific community.

    Undergrads and graduate students work with renowned faculty specializing in ecology, plant and animal physiology, population biology, genetics, immunology, neurobiology, cell and developmental biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry. In addition to utilizing labs on campus, students can work and study in Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains and at Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey Bay. Learn More »

  • Chemistry

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    Chemistry Through in-depth coursework and lab experience in state-of-the-art facilities, Stanford’s undergraduate program in chemistry teaches the fundamental concepts driving the molecular sciences. Students also gain a solid understanding of the principles of chemistry, the methods needed to tackle problems in the field’s subdisciplines and the ability to articulate findings and concepts effectively to the scientific community.

    Both undergraduates and graduate students have the chance to work with prominent faculty members whose research includes developing new probes of biological molecules, modeling of protein folding and reactivity, and manipulation of carbon nanotubes. Learn More »

  • Mathematics

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    Mathematics Stanford’s undergraduate program in mathematics conveys a broad understanding of math that encompasses logical reasoning, generalization, abstraction, and formal proofs. Students learn to create, analyze, and interpret mathematical models and to communicate sound arguments based on reasoning and data analysis.

    The graduate program offers a coterminal master’s degree for matriculated students as well as doctoral degrees in pure and applied mathematics. The department also participates in the master’s degree program in financial mathematics and the master’s and PhD degree programs in scientific computing and computational mathematics. Learn More »

  • Physics

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    Physics Stanford’s undergraduate physics program offers a solid foundation in classical and modern physics. Courses in the program, including three introductory series, integrate labs in which students can conceive, design, and implement their own experiments. Astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology courses are also primarily offered through the department.

    Graduate students pursue research with leading faculty in areas including astrophysics, cosmology, particle theory, string theory, condensed matter physics, atomic physics, laser physics, quantum electronics, imaging, and biophysics. Collaborative research opportunities are also available with the departments of Applied Physics, Management Science and Engineering (MS&E), Electrical Engineering, and Biology and at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). Learn More »

  • Statistics

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    Stanford’s Statistics Department, one of the most respected in the nation, gives students a foundation in the role of probabilistic and statistical ideas and methods in science and technology. It also teaches the theory and application of commonly used techniques in the field. Graduate students can design degrees according to their interests in either theory or applied statistical methods.

    To foster the relationship between theory and application, the Statistics Department collaborates across the university through faculty appointments in economics, education, political science, and other fields. The department also offers a number of courses in statistical techniques for students in disciplines such as biology and physics. Learn More »

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