In pursuing a BS in Physics, my university offers an Applied emphasis and a Professional emphasis. However the class selection seems to be the same for both. I get this information from an option in my student account that allows me to theoretically change my major to a degree that I'm not yet in so that I can see what classes are required. What is the difference? A little confused as I think no matter what you do with a physics degree, it could be considered "professional". In searching the forums, most results come up with graduate level specific information. As far as the information I've found here on a BS, it seems that "applied" means that it has a specific direction. To give some clarity, I am not entirely sure where I'd like to focus specifically in physics but I do have a high interest in plasma physics and mathematical physics.