Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

PHYS 5101Analytical Mechanics I3
PHYS 5301
PHYS 5302
Electromagnetic Theory
and Electromagnetic Theory
PHYS 5501
PHYS 5502
Mathematical Physics I
and Mathematical Physics II
PHYS 5701
PHYS 5702
Quantum Mechanics I
and Quantum Mechanics II
PHYS 8102Statistical Mechanics3
Additional Coursework 1,2,36
Total Credit Hours30

Culminating Events:
Comprehensive Examination:
The M.S. comprehensive examination is required for students in the Coursework Track, but not for students in the Thesis Track. The exam, which tests the student's mastery of undergraduate and beginning graduate physics, consists of a three-part written exam and an oral exam. General subject areas covered by the examination include classical electromagnetic theory, classical mechanics, mathematical physics, modern physics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics.

M.S. students in the Coursework Track are required to take the comprehensive examination by the end of their second year of full-time graduate study. The exam is offered twice a year. In the event of failure, the exam may be retaken once. If the student fails a second time, s/he is dropped from the graduate program.

A master’s thesis is required for students in the Thesis Track, but not for students in the Coursework Track. The thesis is based on the student’s research and approved in accordance with the policies of the Department of Physics and the Graduate School.