William and Mary

Undergraduate Minor

We offer the Applied Science Minor for undergraduates with tracks in Computational Biology and Materials Science. All minors must complete six designated courses (see below), including independent research (at least 2 credits).  Required Research Experience: APSC 402 or 404 or 495-496 (2  - 4 credits), or pre-approved Senior Research projects from other departments. 

Track One: Computational Biology

Required Courses (take 2): 

  •  APSC 351 Cellular Biophysics and Modeling;
  • APSC 452 Self-organization in Life and Chemical Sciences;
  • APSC 454 Bioinformatics and Molecular Evolution. 

Elective Courses:  

  • MATH 302 Ordinary Differential Equations;
  • APSC 312 Medical Imaging;
  • CHEM 341 Principles of Biophysical Chemistry;
  • MATH 345 Mathematical Biology;
  • MATH 351 Applied Statistics;
  • BIOL 401 Evolutionary Genetics,
  • BIOL 404 Topics in Biotechnology; 
  • BIOL 406 Molecular Cell Biology;
  • BIOL 425 Biostatistics;
  • MATH 441/442 Introduction to Applied Mathematics I & II;
  • BIOL 442 Molecular Genetics;
  • BIOL 448 Evolutionary Biology;
  • APSC 450 Computational Neuroscience;
  • APSC 453 Cellular Signaling in MATLAB;
  • APSC 455 Population Dynamics;
  • APSC 456 Random Walks in Biology;
  • and topics courses in mathematical biology (with permission).

Additional APSC Graduate courses that may be taken and counted with instructor permission:

  • APSC 631 Applied Cellular Neuroscience;
  • APSC 632 Applied Systems Neuroscience;
  • APSC 751 Mathematical Physiology I;
  • APSC 752 Mathematical Physiology II.
Track Two: Materials Science

Take 3 required courses:

  • APSC 201 Materials Science;
  • APSC 301 Mechanics of Materials;
  • APSC 422 Intro Materials Characterization.

Elective Courses:

  • APSC 312 Medical Imaging;
  • APSC 327 Lasers in Biomedicine;
  • APSC 405 Applied Quantum Mechanics;
  • APSC or CHEM 411 Polymer Chemistry I;
  • APSC or CHEM 412 & 416 Polymer Chemistry II;
  • CSCI 426 Simulation;
  • MATH 441 or 442 Applied Mathematics I & II;
  • APSC 474 Continuum Mechanics.

Additional APSC Graduate courses that may be taken and counted with instructor permission:

  • APSC 607 Mathematical and Computational Methods I.;
  • APSC 621 Applied Solid State Science;
  • APSC 623 Introduction to Solid Surfaces and Interfaces;
  • APSC 627 Lasers in Medicine, Science, and Technology;
  • APSC 637 Introduction to Optoelectronics;
  • APSC 671 Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.

See the current catalog for more information about undergraduate courses.

There are also a variety of ways upper level undergraduate students can do scientific research in Applied Science labs as well as the labs of our many affiliates:

  • Virginia Microelectronics Consortium (VMEC)Scholars Program.  If you are currently a junior or senior in a 4-year degree program at a university in Virginia, you are eligible to join us for a summer program that will give you a hands-on, state-of-the-art research experience.
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program is funded by the NSF and provides undergraduates genuine involvement in actual research in the Physics and the Applied Science departments. We have collaborations at the nearby laboratories: Thomas Jefferson Lab, and NASA Langley Research Center.
  • The W&M HHMI Program provides research opportunities in biology and the other sciences—particularly in interdisciplinary arenas. In addition to basic research opportunities, the program also funds an integrated "support system" for undergraduate research.
  • Computational Science Training for Undergraduates in the Mathematical Sciences (CSUMS) is a new collaborative program between the Departments of Mathematics, Applied Science, and Computer Science which is currently recruiting William & Mary undergraduate students interested in participating in a CSUMS research project.
  • The Chemistry department supports the full-time research efforts of 45-55 undergraduate chemistry majors each summer through internal and external funding. Students are provided with a ten-week stipend and with free dormitory housing.