M.S. (thesis) Degree

A Master of Science Degree in Physics is required for entry level teaching positions in junior colleges and for many research-related positions at government and industrial laboratories. For students  who are planning a research related career, the M.S. with thesis may be an appropriate choice.  In addition to acquiring an excellent grounding in fundamental physics at the advanced level, the student will have experience in working in a research group and in completing an extensive research project.  The required course work can be completed in 2 years with an additional year usually required to complete the thesis.

Coures Requirements for M.S.(non-thesis) Degree:

Thirty (30) hours of course work are required for the M.S. degree.  The required courses are:
  Classical Mechanics (PHYS7100) (3)
  Electricity and Magnetism I & II (PHYS7200 & 7250) (6)
  Quantum Mechanics I & II (PHYS7300 & 7350) (6)
  Statistical Physics (PHYS7400) (3)
  Colloquium (PHYS7950) (3)

A curriculum model for the masters degree is as follows:

Year Fall
Course # and Title 
Hrs Spring
Course # and Title 
Hrs
 1st PHYS7100 - Classical Mechanics 
3
PHYS7400 - Statistical Mechanics 
3
  PHYS7200 - Electricity & Magnetism I 
3
PHYS7200 - Electricity & Magnetism II 
3
  PHYS7950 - Colloquium 
1
PHYS7950 - Colloquium 
1
2nd  PHYS7300 - Quantum Mechanics I 
3
PHYS7350 - Quantum Mechanics II 
3
  6??? - Elective  
3
6??? - Elective  
3
  PHYS7950 - Colloquium 
1
PHYS7990 - Research and Thesis
1
3rd PHYS7990 - Research and Thesis 
1
PHYS7990 - Research and Thesis 
1

 


     The Graduate School requires a cumulative 3.0 GPA in all graduate level classes in order to receive a graduate degree.  For the thesis option in addition to the successful completion of the required course work, a successful defense of the thesis is required.  A major professor and thesis committee is chosen to guide the student and to conduct the thesis defense.  The procedure is analogous to the one for the Ph.D. program.

     It is expected that a student can complete the thesis option within three years of entering the graduate program.  Limited extensions may be granted upon a request from the student and the advisory committee.

     No foreign language is required for the M.S. degree in Physics.