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2009-2010 Academic Catalog 
2009-2010 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Physics (M.S.)

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The Master of Science program in physics provides, along with a deep and solid foundation in basic physics, theoretical and experimental skills that are transferable to many professions besides the traditional physics research careers. These skills, acquired within the main stream of study in theoretical and condensed matter physics, include mathematical modeling, instrumentation and experiment design, and general laboratory and research techniques.

A total of 32 credit hours is required for the Master of Science degree. This consists of 24 credit hours of courses and 8 credit hours of thesis work.


A Bachelor’s degree in physics or a related field, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0, is required for admission into the physics master’s program. Admission is also subject to the general university requirements for the graduate program. For those students whose grade records indicate promising ability, but who otherwise did not have an adequate preparation in physics, admission may be granted under the requirement that remedial courses will be taken.

Courses (24 credit hours)

The program of study is planned with the faculty advisor; and should include 6 credit hours of core courses, 12 credit hours chosen from the concentration courses, and 6 credit hours of physics electives.

Thesis (8 credit hours)

Each student must submit a thesis topic that has been approved by a faculty supervisor, normally after acquiring 12 credit hours of course work. Since various research topics are addressed in a sequence of two seminar courses, the student must register for the first before submitting a thesis topic while the second must be taken during the execution of the thesis research. To ensure adequate faculty consultation, two semesters of the graduate thesis course are required.

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