Master of Science in Physics

Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2011 10:23

The department offers a program of courses and research leading to the MS degree in physics. Two routes are available. Plan 1 requires 30 semester hours of credit: 24 hours of course work plus a 6-hour thesis (PHYS 5398 and PHYS 5399). Plan 2 requires the favorable recommendation of the Physics Department Graduate Studies Committee and 36 hours of course work including the successful completion of a research problem (PHYS 5391) with a written report submitted to the department.

Requirements for Plan 1 are a minimum of 24 semester hours of graduate work including thesis. Specific courses required are PHYS 5321, PHYS 5325, PHYS 5341, PHYS 5361, PHYS 5365, PHYS 5371, PHYS 5398, and PHYS 5399.

Requirements for Plan 2 are a petition stating the reason for the alternate route and a minimum of 27 semester hours of graduate work. Specific courses required are PHYS 5321, PHYS 5325, PHYS 5341, PHYS 5361, and PHYS 5391.

Students must have their course program approved by the graduate advisor each semester. The student will choose, in consultation with the graduate advisor, a chairperson of the research committee and at least two additional committee members, who will supervise the thesis or research problem. One member of this committee must be from outside the Physics Department. These choices should be made and approved by the department Graduate Advisor and by the Graduate School before the student has completed two semesters of graduate work.

The candidate for the MS degree in Physics may have no more than two grades of "C" for courses used to fulfill the requirements of the degree and must pass a final examination, which will include an oral defense of the thesis or research problem.