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Graduate Bulletin Homepage |College of Arts & Sciences |Graduate Program Curricula | Physics Master of Science Degree Program

Programs Leading to the Master of Science Degree

A minimum of 30 credits with an average grade of B or higher is required.
  1. Core courses in Physics (18 credits): Six courses with a B average or better (18 credits) chosen from the 8 core courses (Phy 507, 517, 527, 537, 547, 557, 577, 587).
  2. Research in physics, Phy 695 or 699, a minimum of 1 credit.
  3. Supporting courses (6-10 credits): A minimum of 6 credits in elective courses (not including research or seminar courses) in physics or in mathematics and sciences as advised. Courses in other academic fields or up to 3 credits of ETAP with the consent of the advisor.
  4. Satisfactory completion of a major field examination in physics, to consist of either the comprehensive examination passed at the master's level, or the successful defense of a master's thesis.
  5. Demonstration of proficiency in one of various research skills. Examples of appropriate skills are: foreign languages, computer programming, numerical analysis and technologies such as electronics.  This may be demonstrated with Phy 577.

Secondary School Teaching Sequence*

  1. Physics (18 credits, minimum): Courses as advised, including Phy 519 and 680 for from 3 to 6 credits.
  2. Supporting courses (0-6 credits): Courses in mathematics and science as advised.
  3. Education (6 credits): E Phl 601 and 3 additional credits as advised.
  4. Satisfactory completion of a major- field examination in physics.

*Prerequisite preparation: Eligibility for provisional certification in physics is required for admission to this program. Completion of this program will meet the academic requirement for permanent certification.


Last updated on 7/10/2008