Curriculum Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for graduate degrees, the Physics Department makes the following specific requirements.

  1. Submission of scores on the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  2. A minimum of 30 physics course credit hours at the 600-700 level are required for the Master Degree.
  3. The following specific courses, or their equivalent, are required for the M.S. degree:
    PHY 640Classical Mechanics II3
    PHY 660Quantum Mechanics and Modern Physics I3
    PHY 661Quantum Mechanics and Modern Physics II3
    PHY 723Statistical Mechanics I3
    PHY 752Electromagnetic Theory I3
    PHY 753Electromagnetic Theory II3
    PHY 770Quantum Theory I3
    PHY 771Quantum Theory II3
    Select six additional physics course credits at the 600 or 700 level6
    Total Credit Hours30
  4. For the M.S. degree no more than 3 credit hours for reading courses may be counted, and no more than 2 credit hours of seminars. Up to 6 credit hours may be earned in thesis work for this degree.
  5. The physics department offers a comprehensive graduate examination each year. All students are required to take the exam when it is offered.
  6. Courses taken outside the department should be relevant to the students’ program and approved by the graduate advisor.