Program of Study
During your MS in Physics sequence, you will choose either a thesis project or course-based track. Whether you strive for a career path in physics, computer science, medicine or another area, or aspire toward enhanced research or a PhD, the physics curriculum at UAlbany will prepare you to be a leader in your pursuits.
You will take core courses in areas such as Statistical Mechanics, Electrodynamics, Quantum Mechanics, Computational Methods and Solid State Physics. Further, you'll have access to electives covering diverse topics like Cosmology, X-ray optics, medical imaging, electronics, particle physics, and general relativity and more. You are required to demonstrate proficiency in areas such as:
- Foreign language
- Computer programming
- Numerical analysis
- Technologies (e.g., electronics)
- Computational Methods
You will also take a physics seminar for 2 credits distributed over two semesters.
Participate in research projects with active faculty who are dedicated to advancing the field. You will have access to research groups that focus on quantum theory, particle physics, astroparticle physics, optics and biomedical imaging.
Additional research initiatives are related to experimental work on the ATLAS experiment at CERN, the LUX/LZ Dark Matter searches, theoretical studies of string theory and materials physics including X-ray and electron analysis.
A recent notable addition to the physics curriculum is Information and Computational Physics. Coursework around this topic focuses on problems like gathering useful information from complex data. This type of information can be applied to numerous challenges such as developing autonomous robots for space exploration, or better understanding the structure of quantum mechanics, electronic spectra and neurological function.
You will also have the chance to submit papers to peer-reviewed journals for publication and present your work at international conferences like the International Workshop on Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering, and the symposium on Emergent Quantum Mechanics.
Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.