# Course Selection

Students must plan their curriculum, after consultation and approval by the graduate advisor. In addition to their other classes, all first-year graduate students should enroll in Physics 582, Research Seminar, and Physics 597, Teaching Methods in Physics, in the fall semester. Coursework must prepare for completion of the qualification procedure and the beginning of research. Faculty in each major research area has contributed guidelines for course selection. These guidelines have been compiled below. We also note that the following opportunities and alternatives exist in the curriculum:

- Students who are well prepared in a given area may wish to take advanced courses in that area, or take extra courses in different areas.
- Many students have found that 400-level courses can be helpful in enhancing basic skills in particular areas. It may be possible to substitute one or more 400-level courses for similar courses at the 500-level. Graduate students generally should not take 400-level courses when they have already taken substantially similar courses as undergraduates. Taking 400-level courses requires permission from the graduate advisor, and students taking these courses with permission may be denied graduate credit at the department's discretion.
- Special topics courses (Physics 589 and 590) are frequently offered and represent excellent opportunities to learn advanced and specialized material. These courses are taught by visiting faculty and research associates as well as regular faculty.
- Although 36 units of course work are the minimum required for the Ph.D., additional courses can be taken. Students may also audit courses, on a formal or informal basis. This extends the opportunities graduate students have to learn advanced material.

## Course Guidelines

### Physics Majors

#### Astrophysics and General Relativity

- 1. Expected
- 501, 502: Methods of Theoretical Physics I & II
- 523, 524: Quantum Mechanics I & II
- 505, 506: Classical Electrodynamics I & II
- 529: Statistical Mechanics I
- 557: Gravitation and Cosmology
- 558: Relativistic Astrophysics

- 2. Strongly Recommended: at least four of
- 507: Classical Mechanics
- 542: Nuclear Physics
- 546: Galactic Astrophysics
- 547: Intro. to Elementary Particles
- 556: Stellar Astrophysics
- 551, 552: Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Field Theory

#### Condensed Matter / Material Physics (Experiment)

- 1. Expected
- 472: Introduction to Solid State Physics (if not taken previously)
- 501: Methods of Theoretical Physics I
- 523, 524: Quantum Mechanics I & II
- 529: Statistical Mechanics I
- 549, 550: Solid State Physics I & II

#### Condensed Matter (Theory)

- 1. Expected
- 472: Introduction to Solid State Physics (if not taken previously)
- 501, 502: Methods of Theoretical Physics I & II
- 505, 506: Classical Electrodynamics I & II
- 523, 524: Quantum Mechanics I & II
- 529: Statistical Mechanics I
- Either 530: Statistical Mechanics II or 537 Materials Physics I
- 549, 550: Solid State Physics I & II

#### Experimental Space Science

- 1. Expected
- 501, 502: Methods of Theoretical Physics I & II
- 505, 506: Classical Electrodynamics I & II
- 523, 524: Quantum Mechanics I & II
- 529: Statistical Mechanics I
- 542: Nuclear Physics

#### Many-Body and Nuclear Theory

- 1. Expected
- 501, 502: Methods of Theoretical Physics I & II
- 505, 506: Classical Electrodynamics I & II
- 523, 524: Quantum Mechanics I & II
- 529, 530: Statistical Mechanics I & II
- 540: Quantum Theory of Many-Particle Systems
- 542: Nuclear Physics

- 2. Strongly Recommended: at least three of
- 551, 552: Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Field Theory
- 557, 558: Gravitation, Relativity and Relativistic Astrophysics
- 549, 550: Solid State Physics I & II

#### Particle Physics and Quantum Field Theory

- 1. Expected
- 501, 502: Methods of Theoretical Physics I & II
- 505, 506: Classical Electrodynamics I & II
- 523, 524: Quantum Mechanics I & II
- 529, 530: Statistical Mechanics I & II
- 551, 552: Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Field Theory

- 2. Strongly Recommended: at least three of
- 503, 504: Advanced Math Methods
- 540: Quantum Theory of Many-Particle Systems
- 542: Nuclear Physics
- 557: Gravitation and Cosmology
- 558: Relativistic Astrophysics
- 549, 550: Solid State Physics I & II

### Biophysics Majors

#### Biomedical Imaging Track

- 1. Expected

- 501: Methods of Theoretical Physics
- 471: Quantum Mechanics or 523 Quantum Mechanics I
- 421-422: Electricity and Magnetism or 505-506 Classical Electrodynamics
- 463: Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics or 529: Statistical Mechanics I

#### Neurophysics Track

- 1. Expected
- 501: Methods of Theoretical Physics
- 471: Quantum Mechanics or 523 Quantum Mechanics I
- 421-422: Electricity and Magnetism or 505-506 Classical Electrodynamics
- 463: Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics or 529: Statistical Mechanics I

- 2. Recommended
- 502: Methods of Theoretical Physics II
- 472: Solid State Physics or 549: Solid State Physics I and/or 550: Solid State Physics II
- 537/539: Materials Physics I/II
- 455: Physics of Vision
- Biology 4501 Biochemistry
- Biology 334 Cell Biology
- Biology 3411 Biological Principles of the Nervous System
- Biology 554 Neural Sciences

#### Theoretical Track

- 1. Expected
- 501-502: Methods of Theoretical Physics
- 463: Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics
- 529: Statistical Mechanics
- 421-422: Electricity and Magnetism or 505-506 Classical Electrodynamics
- 471: Quantum Mechanics or 523 Quantum Mechanics I

- 2. Recommended
- 427: Introduction to Computational Physics
- 450: Physics of the Brain
- 455: Physics of Vision
- 472: Solid State Physics or 549 Solid State Physics I and/or 550 Solid State Physics II
- Biology 334 Cell Biology
- Biology 3411 Biological Principles of the Nervous System
- Biology 554 Neural Sciences
- Biology 5641 Computational Neuroscience
- Biomedical Engineering 561 Proteins as Nanomachines
- Biomedical Engineering 590 Molecular Thermodynamics and Kinetics
- Systems Science and Mathematics 570 Random Variables and Stochastic Processes I
- Electrical Engineering 431 Control Systems I
- Electrical Engineering 445 Digital Signal Processing