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2010-2011 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Physics


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A student pursuing the M.S. in physics must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours and satisfy the requirements in one of the specializations described below.

The proficiency examination in any of the specializations should be taken during the first or second semester of residence. It normally should be passed in the second semester in order for the student to be considered for continuing financial assistance. The proficiency examination also serves as the department’s comprehensive exam.

All master’s degree students are required to register for PHYS 798, Physics Seminar, each semester. This requirement may be waived for a student whose circumstances in a particular semester preclude such enrollment, with the approval of the graduate studies director or the department chair.

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

Specialization in Basic Physics


Completion of 24 semester hours in physics, including the following.

Specialization in Applied Physics


 Passage of a proficiency examination which may include a special area examination (e.g., acoustics, biophysics, geophysics) in place of one section of the proficiency examination.

Submission of an acceptable thesis and passage of an oral examination thereon.
 

Specialization in Physics Teaching


Completion of 24 semester hours in physics, including at least 12 semester hours at the 600 level or above.

Passage of proficiency examination with an option of course work in a related science substituted for one area of proficiency examination.

Submission of an acceptable thesis and passage of an oral examination thereon; or submission of two papers, one of which may pertain to teaching of physics or history and philosophy of physics.

See also “Teacher Certification Information.”

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