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Physics and Astronomy

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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Physics and Astronomy - PHYS Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs


Master of Science in Physics (code PHYSMS01)


Prerequisites

1. A bachelor's degree with a major in physics; or
2. A bachelor's degree with at least 24 units of upper division physics. (Students deficient in undergraduate preparation must take courses to remove these deficiencies without credit toward the degree at the discretion of the Department Graduate Advisor.)

Requirements


All students must take: PHYS 510, 522, 540A, 550A, 560A, 695 and (545 or 546). In addition to these courses, students may opt for one of two plans:

General Physics Plan


1.PHYS 550B.
EITHER:

2. Completion of at least 2 additional units of graduate-level PHYS courses, 6 units of PHYS 698, a written thesis approved by the student's thesis committee consisting of a thesis chair (a Physics/Astronomy faculty member) and at least two more members, one of which must be a member of the Department, and an oral presentation of the thesis research. Note: Students must be advanced to candidacy before enrolling in PHYS 698. As early as possible, a graduate student in consultation with the thesis chair should choose a thesis committee.
OR:

3. With the permission of the Graduate committee, an additional 8 units of 500-level PHYS courses, and satisfactorily complete a comprehensive examination.

Computational Physics Plan


1. PHYS 562,550B.

2. 6 units of PHYS 698, a written thesis approved by the student's thesis committee consisting of a thesis chair (a Physics/Astronomy faculty member) and at least two more members, one of which must be a member of the Department, and an oral presentation of the thesis research. Note: Students must be advanced to candidacy before enrolling in PHYS 698. As early as possible, a graduate student in consultation with the thesis chair should choose a thesis committee.

Advancement to Candidacy


1. The regulations governing the master's degree are those in effect at the time of advancement to candidacy. Students must fulfill the University requirements for advancement to candidacy.
2. A student must have a "B" average or better in six units of physics applicable toward the master's degree, of which at least three units are at the graduate level.
3. Recognizing that effective organization and verbal communication of physics are a necessary part of a successful graduate program, the Department of Physics and Astronomy normally requires that a graduate student serve at least one semester as a teaching associate or a graduate assistant as part of the M.S. program. Exceptions may be granted by the Graduate Advisor.
4. Approval of the degree program by the graduate advisor, the Department Chair and Associate Dean for Graduate Accountability in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

 

Option in Applied Physics (code PHYSMS02)


The Option in Applied Physics provides a master's degree program that emphasizes concepts and techniques particularly appropriate for applied physics. It is intended for students having a background in physics, engineering, or a related field.

Prerequisites


1. A bachelor's degree with a major in physics, or
2. A bachelor's degree with a major in engineering with upper division physics substantially equivalent to PHYS 310, 340A,B, and 450, as determined by the Department Graduate Advisor, or
3. A bachelor's degree with upper division physics and mathematics courses essentially equivalent to PHYS 310, 340B, 450; and MATH 370A,B; as determined by the Department Graduate Advisor.
Students deficient in undergraduate preparation must take courses to remove these deficiencies as determined by the Department Graduate Advisor.

Requirements


1. PHYS 510, 522, 540A, 550A, 560A, and 695.
2. Two courses chosen from PHYS 545, 546, 576 or 580, one of which must be 545 or 546.
3. Completion of at least 2 additional units of graduate-level PHYS course, 6 units of PHYS 698, completion of a written thesis, and an oral presentation of the thesis research. The members of the candidate's thesis committee must approve the thesis before the student may schedule the oral presentation. Note: Students must be advanced to candidacy before enrolling in PHYS 698. As early as possible, a graduate student should choose a thesis chair who will help in selecting the student's thesis committee consisting of at least three members (including the thesis chair and at least one other faculty member of the Department).

Advancement to Candidacy


1. The regulations governing the master's degree are those in effect at the time of advancement to candidacy. Students must fulfill the University requirements for advancement to candidacy.
2. A student must have a "B" average or better in six units of physics applicable toward the master's degree, of which at least three units are at the graduate level.
3. Recognizing that effective organization and verbal communication of physics are a necessary part of a successful graduate program, the Department of Physics and Astronomy normally requires that a graduate student serve at least one semester as a teaching associate or a graduate assistant as part of the M.S. program. Exceptions may be granted by the Graduate Advisor.
4. Approval of the degree program by the graduate advisor, the Department Chair, Associate Dean for Graduate Accountability in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and the Dean of Graduate Studies.