We 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:

- Meet the degree requirements of the Graduate School.
- 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.
- Must complete any course or study requirement imposed at admission.
- 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.
- 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 **