Physics MS

Master of Science in Physics - Option I Thesis 

The Master of Science in Physics with a research thesis is ordinarily chosen by those students preparing for industrial employment, college teaching, or for further graduate study leading to the PhD degree. The degree program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours, including 2 courses allotted to the thesis.

Thesis
PHYS 518Thesis (6 semester hours required)3-6
Only 6 semester hours of credit for 518 per degree will be given upon satisfactory completion of the requirement
Required Core Courses: 12 semester hours
PHYS 511Advanced Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 512Classical Electromagnetic Theory3
PHYS 517Mathematical Methods in Physics3
PHYS 520Quantum Mechanics3
Approved Courses
9 semester hours (3 courses) on approval of graduate advisor9
Graduate Seminar
PHYS 501Graduate Seminar (1 semester hour, for a total of 4 semester hours.)1
All physics graduate students must register for 501 each semester in residence
Total Hours30

Master of Science in Physics - Option II Non-Thesis 

Physics Teaching Emphasis

This emphasis is designed for physics educators who may not have an undergraduate degree in physics but that wish to earn a MS degree in physics to allow them to teach at the community college level or dual enrollment courses.  The suggested minimum undergraduate courses include a year of calculus-based physics, modern physics, and mathematics through differential equations.

Research
PHYS 595Research Literature and Techniques (3 semester hours required)3
Required Courses: 18 semester hours
PHYS 526The Quantum Universe for Educators3
PHYS 530Physics Mathematical Methods for Educators3
PHYS 531Classical Mechanics for Educators 3
PHYS 532Electricity and Magnetism for Educators3
PHYS 535Thermodynamics for Educators3
PHYS 561Astronomy & Astrophysics for Educators3
Plus 15 semester hours (5 courses) that support the major teaching field, on approval of the graduate advisor.15
Total Hours36

Applied Physics Emphasis

Research
PHYS 595Research Literature and Techniques (3 semester hours required)3
Required Courses: 9 semester hours
PHYS 511Advanced Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 512Classical Electromagnetic Theory3
PHYS 517Mathematical Methods in Physics3
Physics Component
Students must complete four of the following courses:
PHYS 520Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 521Solid State Physics3
PHYS 523Advanced Atomic Physics3
PHYS 524Surface Physics3
PHYS 514Statistical Physics3
PHYS 542Advanced Instrumentation and Control3
PHYS 552Advanced Micro-Controller Electronics3
3 semester hours (1 course) taken in consultation with advisor.3
Electives
9 semester hours (3 courses) selected in consultation with the advisor.9
Graduate Seminar
PHYS 501Graduate Seminar (1 semester hour, for a total of 4 semester hours)1
All physics graduate students must register for 501 each semester in residence
Total Hours36