I hope this isn't too much for one thread, but I have a couple of questions regarding applied physics Ph.D programs. 1. Are there a lot of schools that offer degrees in applied physics, and what are some of them? I've found programs at places like Cornell, Stanford, Harvard, etc. but these are all high-caliber schools, and I'd like to also apply to lower ranked places in case, for reasons revealed in the next question. 2. Will I have a strong enough background with a degree in electrical engineering? I'm a rising senior in EE with a 4.0, 3 years of research experience in computing, and the relevant courses I've taken are: obviously first year calculus based general physics (mechanics and EM), engineering electromagnetics (almost at the level of a first course using Griffiths), modern physics (special relativity, old QM like black body radiation and the photoelectric effect, and Schroedinger equation with simple potentials), a solid state devices course (sort of an intro to solid state physics with a focus on semiconductor devices), and of course, all my signals and electronics EE courses that may be useful in some areas. I've also taken the typical Calc 1-3, ODEs, and linear algebra. This fall, I will certainly be taking an introductory quantum mechanics course. I can also see to it that I am able to take one classical mechanics course OR a second semester of Griffiths, and I can also take a second semester of QM, an optics course, and a thermodynamics course. That is, I could, in addition to those courses I've taken, also take QM 2, EM 2, thermo, and optics, or QM 2, EM 2, and classical mechanics 1, and optics. So, my issue is that I don't feel this background is sufficient for a true physics program, but would it work for an applied physics program, given their interdisciplinary nature? 3. How are applied physics degrees viewed in academic circles? What about in industry or government? If I wanted to try to stay in academia, would I be limited to physics departments, or would it depend exactly on the nature of research I do? Can applied physics Ph.Ds compete against both regular physics Ph.Ds and electrical engineers in industry and government, or would I be viewed as "too much of a physicist for EE work but too much of an EE for physics work"? Thanks for your time.