Physics - Master of Science

For the master’s degree, students must also successfully complete or transfer at least 30 course credits and pass a final oral examination or the doctoral comprehensive examination. Of these 30 credits, at least 21 must be in physics/geophysics, at most 3 may be for individual study or other informal courses, at most 6 may be for a thesis, and at most 9 may be numbered between 450 and 499. Students must successfully complete

PHYS 576Advanced Computational Physics I3
or PHYS 476 Computational Physics
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Advanced Experimental Optics3
Advanced Physics Laboratory1-3
Advanced Experimental Nuclear Physics3

A Master’s thesis is optional. PHYS 599 Master's Thesis credits will not count toward the 21 credits in physics/geophysics and can only be counted toward the 30 credits for a Master's degree if a student selects the thesis option and successfully defends a Master's thesis. PHYS 700 Doctoral Dissertation credits can be used as a substitute for PHYS 599 Master's Thesis credits.

Concentration: Space Physics


See above section for general requirements for the Master's degree.

For the master's degree with a concentration in Space Physics, students must successfully complete the following physics core and specialized courses:

Physics Core
PHYS 551Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 593Advanced Experimental Nuclear Physics3
PHYS 511Mathematical Methods of Physics I3
or PHYS 495 Mathematical Methods of Physics I
PHYS 497Introduction to Space Plasma Physics3
or PHYS 597 Space Plasma Physics
PHYS 554Quantum Mechanics I3
or PHYS 454 Intermediate Modern Physics I
PHYS 561Electromagnetic Theory I3
or PHYS 461 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I
PHYS 584Statistical Mechanics3
or PHYS 480 Thermodynamics
Specialization Electives
Select a minimum of three from the following:9
Observational Techniques I (f)3
Computational Astrophysics3
Planetary Science I3
Special Topics.1-9
Space System Mission Design and Analysis3
Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors3
Computational and Theoretical Fluid Mechanics3
Advanced Computational Physics I3
Computational Physics
Advanced High-Energy Physics I3
High Energy Physics I
Total Credits30