Applied Physics & Applied Mathematics with Materials Science and Engineering

Modeling ways to predict weather. Decoding the biological cause of cancer. Testing sophisticated solutions for developing nanoscale devices. Pioneering fusion energy. Those are just some of the extraordinary advances made in the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics. Join us in an interdisciplinary collaboration into the development of solutions that forward science and technology for a healthy, connected, secure, and sustainable future. 

Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Columbia University
500 West 120th Street
200 S. W. Mudd Building, Mail Code 4701
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-854-4457
Fax: 212-854-8257

Materials Science and Engineering

The Program in Materials Science and Engineering is focused on understanding and developing new and better materials for the use in innovative engineering applications.

Department Overview

Collaborative learning and multidisciplinary research are hallmarks of the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia University. By applying mathematics and physics to solve real-world problems, we connect to engineering, natural science, technology, and medicine, and prepare our graduates for exciting careers.


In addition to undergraduate programs in applied physics, applied mathematics, and materials science, the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics offers graduate programs leading to the degree of Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). These programs are flexible, with a choice from among many concentrations, and with a sufficient number of elective courses to allow each student to concentrate in his or her area of interest. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to the department.


The department is a leader in advanced research including nanoscale science, advanced scientific computing, applied mathematics, earth science, plasma physics, and materials for information technologies. Our faculty members play leading roles in the Columbia Nano Initiative and the Department of Energy (DOE)-funded Plasma Physics Laboratory in research initiatives that include:

  • Plasma physics and fusion research
  • Optical, laser, and solid-state physics
  • Dynamical systems and chaos
  • Computational and applied mathematics
  • Large-scale scientific computation
  • Atmospheric, oceanic and earth physics
  • Materials science & engineering
  • Nanoscience
  • Medical physics

For a full list of recent research, please visit the department research page.


Our faculty include award-winning scholars who are dedicated to excellence in teaching and research and who are leaders in their fields. For a full list of faculty members, please visit the department’s faculty page.