Program Requirements

To obtain the master's degree in physics, students are required to obtain 36 credits, including 5 core courses (15 credits) and 7 elective courses (21 credits). The master's students are expected to finish this course requirement within four semesters in two years. The courses must be passed with a minimum average grade of B (grade point average 3.0), and not more than one grade below B- in the core courses.

There are 5 core courses required for the master's program:

  • PHYS 501 Methods of Theoretical Physics
  • PHYS 505 Classical Electrodynamics I
  • PHYS 523 Quantum Mechanics I
  • PHYS 529 Statistical Mechanics
  • One course chosen from PHYS 502, PHYS 506, PHYS 507, PHYS 509, and PHYS 524

The students in the master's program can choose 7 electives from the following course list:

  • PHYS 502 Methods of the Theoretical Physics
  • PHYS 506 Classical Electrodynamics
  • PHYS 507 Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS 509 Nonlinear Dynamics
  • PHYS 524 Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 530 Advanced Topics in Statistical Mechanics
  • PHYS 534 Magnetic Resonance
  • PHYS 537 Materials Physics I
  • PHYS 539 Materials Physics II
  • PHYS 542 Nuclear Physics
  • PHYS 546 Galactic Astrophysics
  • PHYS 547 Intro to Elementary Particle Physics
  • PHYS 549 Solid State Physics I
  • PHYS 550 Solid State Physics II
  • PHYS 553 Elementary Particles I
  • PHYS 554 Elementary Particles II
  • PHYS 556 Stellar Astrophysics
  • PHYS 557 Gravitation & Cosmology
  • PHYS 563 Topics in Theoretical Biophysics
  • PHYS 565 Magnetism & Superconductivity
  • PHYS 576 Astrophysics
  • PHYS 580 Special Topics in Physical Chemistry
  • PHYS 584 Computational Methods
  • PHYS 590 Special Topics in Physics
  • PHYS 593 Intro to Methods in Physics I
  • PHYS 594 Intro to Methods in Physics II
  • L07 465 Solid-State and Material Chemistry
  • L07 479 Computation Chemistry and Molecular Modeling
  • L07 543 Physical Properties of Quantum Nanostructures
  • Up to three 400-level courses can be substituted for the 500-level ones at the discretion of the program director.
  • In some cases, it may be appropriate to take courses beyond this list. Such courses must be approved by the Program Coordinator. If the courses are outside of the School of Arts and Sciences, they must also be approved by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.