Graduate Programs

photo of a physics studentWe offer three types of graduate degrees in physics. Please view a detailed description of each program below.

Performance Standards

Graduate students in good standing in physics must maintain a cumulative average of 3.0. A grade of C is considered a minimum passing grade. Candidates whose average is below 3.0 after 12 hours of graduate work will be placed on probationary status; they will be removed from this status when the average of 3.0 is earned. Students whose average is below a 3.0 after 18 hours of graduate work may be asked to withdraw from the program.

M.S. in Physics

The Master of Science program, leading to the M.S. degree, gives the student a broad base of fundamental theory and concentrated study in a particular area of specialization. This program is designed for the student who either desires a career in industry or government, or wants to pursue further graduate study. Each student does experimental or theoretical research in an area of interest and writes a thesis.

Degree Requirements
 

Overview

To be awarded the M.S. degree in physics, candidates for the degree must:

  1. Meet the degree requirements of the Graduate School.
  2. Complete 30 semester credit hours of course work listed as available for graduate credit; 36 hours must be physics courses numbered 680 and above, including PHY 6800, 6810, 6730, 6830, 7100, 7110, 8000 (up to 4 CH) and a minimum of 6 CH of PHY 8990 (Research) with only 9 CH counting towards the degree.
  3. Must complete any course or study requirement imposed at admission.
  4. Pass a thesis defense administered by the advisory committee over research work and any topics in the core physics curriculum the committee may deem appropriate.
  5. Present an approved thesis to the Graduate School.

Details concerning program selection, student evaluation, and thesis requirements may be obtained from the Department of Physics.

Note: Your program of study might be different. Please always check with an advisor before registering for classes.

Notes:

  • Only 4 hrs of 8000 can be counted towards the required degree credits
  • A max of 9 CH of PHY8990 can be counted towards the required degree
  • Courses not counted towards MS credit: PHY6200, 6500-10, 6710

I. Departmental Core Requirements (27 hours)

  • PHY 6730 Mathematical Physics
  • PHY 6800 Classical Mechanics
  • PHY 6810 Electromagnetic Theory I
  • PHY 6830 Statistical Mechanics
  • PHY 7100 Quantum Mechanics I
  • PHY 7110 Quantum Mechanics II
  • PHY 8000 Seminar
  • PHY 8990 Thesis

II. Departmental Electives (3 hours)

Minimum of one PHY 6000-level course or above (allowable for MS)

Sample Program

Year 1

  Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
Fall PHY 6800 Classical Mechanics 3
PHY 6730 Mathematical Physics 3
PHY 8000 Seminar 1
Spring PHY 6810 Electromagnetic Theory I 4
PHY 6830 Statistical Mechanics 3
PHY 8000 Seminar 1
Summer PHY 8990 Research (or elective) 3-6

Year 2

  Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
Fall PHY 7100 Quantum Mechanics I 3
PHY Elective Elective (or research) 3
PHY 8000 Seminar 1
Spring PHY 7110 Quantum Mechanics II 3
PHY 8990 Research 3
PHY 8000 Seminar 1

Total Hours Required: 30

M.S. in Physics in Medicine Concentration

Degree Requirements
 

I. Departmental Core Requirements (18 hours)

  • PHY 6730 Mathematical Methods I
  • PHY 6600-10 Quantum Mechanics
  • PHY 8000 Seminar
  • PHY 8990 Thesis

II. Departmental Electives (3 hours)

Minimum of one PHY 6000-level course or above (allowable for MS)

IV. General Electives (3 hours)

Minimum of one PHY 6000-level course or above in the College of Science and Mathematics

Total Hours Required: 30

M.S.T. in Physics

Degree Requirements
 

I. Departmental Core Requirements (24 hours)

  • PHY 5510 Advanced Physics Lab II
  • PHY 6450-60 Integrating Phy. Sci. and Math 1 & 2
  • PHY 6510 Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHY 6600-10 Quantum Mechanics
  • PHY 6830 Statistical Mechanics
  • PHY 6699 Teaching Projects
  • PHY 8000 Seminar

II. Departmental Electives (6 hours)

Two courses that would count towards Physics M.S.

Total Hours Required: 30