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Department of Physics
223 James P. Brawley, S.W.
McPheeters-Dennis Hall, Room 102
Atlanta, GA 30314
Phone: (404) 880-8797
 

Programs of Study

The department offers two distinct options leading to the Master of Science degree, one in pure physics and one in applied physics. The M.S. degree program in pure physics provides the basic coursework and research skills necessary for persons who might pursue a Ph.D. degree in physics. The M.S. degree program in applied physics equips individuals with tools and techniques necessary for solving applied physical problems arising in business, government and industry.

Each option requires a minimum of 21 hours of basic core courses in physics, six hours of thesis research or research projects, and three or six hours of approved electives depending on thesis or non-thesis options.

The electives are approved by the department chairperson. Certain courses offered by the departments of chemistry, computer science, and mathematical sciences may satisfy the elective requirement.

Degree Requirements

Master of Science (Thesis) 

In addition to the general requirements specified by the School of Arts and Sciences and the University, students will be required to fulfill the following:

  • A minimum of 30 hours of graduate-level coursework is required. 21 hours of core courses numbered CPHY 501 – CPHY 532. Additional nine hours of graduate coursework chosen from; CPHY 540, CPHY 545, CPHY 565, CPHY 615; and CPHY 601-602; including two semesters of Thesis Research (CPHY 603).
  • Completion of a thesis and a final oral examination, focusing upon thesis contents.
  • Completion of an approved three hour elective course.

Master of Science(Non-Thesis) 

In addition to the general requirements specified by the School of Arts and Sciences and the University, students will be required to fulfill the following:

  • Completion of at least 21 hours of graduate-level coursework in physics courses numbered 500 and above. Six hours of credit in research courses.
  • Completion of two approved elective courses.
  • Completion of an exit exam.

The basic core courses for the master of science degree in physics consist of the following: CPHY 501, 503, 515-516, 520, 531-532, 601-602, 603-604. Students are advised to take at least one course in computer science.