Curriculum Requirements

For each degree, the student must fulfill the University requirements set forth in the catalog under which he/she entered. The semester hour requirements may be fulfilled both by classroom hours and research hours. A total of nine one-semester (minimum 3 credit hour) graduate level courses is required for the M.S. in Applied Physics; a "core" of four courses is required of all students. The Applied Physics Committee may waive some course requirements for students who demonstrate a thorough knowledge of material in one or more core/elective course(s). The student will normally be expected to complete the course requirements in three semesters and maintain a minimum grade of a B- in core courses with an overall B average for all courses taken. The current list of courses is shown below, and is updated regularly upon approval of the Applied Physics Committee and the participating departments. Effective Fall, 2002, any student who receives a grade of "C+" or lower in any course is required to repeat the class. For more details, see the Applied Physics Graduate Student Handbook.

Each student's curriculum, research, and thesis topics receive individual consideration by the Applied Physics Committee and must be approved. Most APP students defend for the M.S degree and continue on to become candidates for the Ph.D. Please note that all courses are not offered every year or semester.

UNIV 594, "Responsible Conduct of Research": Any Applied Physics students planning on Biophysics, Biochemistry, or Bioengineering research should registrar for UNIV 594 during their first semester. All other Applied Physics students are not required to sign up but are encouraged to take this course as well. This course does not count toward the core and elective courses.

Core Courses: 4 Required

Students can choose 4 of the 11 listed, depending on their research, to fulfill this requirement. Any taken beyond the first 4 will count as electives.

Course Number(s) Course Name
PHYS 521 or CHEM 530 Quantum Mechanics I / Quantum Chemistry
PHYS 522 or CHEM 531 Quantum Mechanics II / Adv. Quantum Chemistry
PHYS 526 or CHEM 520 Statistical Physics / Classical & Statistical Thermodynamics
PHYS 515 Classical Dynamics
PHYS 532 Classical Electrodynamics
CHBE 501 Fluid Mechanics and Transport Processes
CHBE 602 Physico-Chemical Hydrodynamics
PHYS 516 Mathematical Methods
BIOE 502 Physical Biology
PHYS 563 Intro to Solid State Physics
CHBE 611 Advanced Topics-Thermodynamics

It is assumed that the student has an adequate background in Classical Mechanics, Electrostatistics, and Statistical and Thermal Physics. This background is determined from interviews or exams given to entering students by the APCAC or the host department. NOTE: Students may take an undergraduate level of a course prior to the graduate level course if needed. Any undergraduate courses taken will not count toward the required credits for the degree.

Approved Electives (5 Required)

NOTE: All courses are not available for all academic years or semesters.

Elective Number(s) Elective Name
BIOC 524 Microbiology & Biotechnology
BIOC 551 Molecular Biophysics I
BIOC 589/BIOE 589 Computational Molecular Bioengineering/Biophysics
BIOE 502 Physical Biology
BIOE 508 Synthetic Biology
BIOE 512 Biophotonics Instrumentation and Applications
BIOE 552 Introductory Computational System Biology: Modeling & Design Principles of Biochem Networks
BIOE 561 Principles of Bioengineering
BIOE 574 Continuum Biomechanics
BIOE 580 Protein Engineering
BIOE 584 Lasers in Medicine and Bioengineering
BIOE 587 Optical Imaging and Nanobiophotonics
BIOE 589/BIOC 589 Computational Molecular Bioengineering/Biophysics
BIOE 592 Sensory Neuroengineering
BIOE 610/PHYS 610 Methods of Molecular Simulation
BIOE 684 Advanced Biophotonics
CAAM 519 Computational Science I
CAAM 551 Numerical Linear Algebra
CAAM 567 Signal Recovery
CAAM 615 Theoretical Neuroscience: From Cells to Learning Systems
CEVE 538/MSNE 538 Computational Nanoscience
CHBE 501 Fluid Mechanics and Transport Processes
CHBE 502 Heat and Mass Transport
CHBE 540 Statistical Physics
CHBE 560 Colloidal and Interfacial Phenomena
CHBE 571 Flow and Transport Through Porous Media I
CHBE 590 Kinetics, Catalysis and Reaction Engineering
CHBE 597/CHEM 597/MSNE 597 Polymer Synthesis, Soft materials and Nanocomposites
CHBE 602 Physico-Chemical Hydrodynamics
CHBE 603 Rheology
CHBE 615 Applications of Molecular Simulations and Statistical Mechanics
CHBE 620 Tissue Engineering
CHBE 630 Chemical Engineering of Nanostructured Materials
CHBE 671 Flow and Transport Through Porous Media II
CHEM 511 Spectral Methods in Organic Chemistry
CHEM 515 Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics
CHEM 520 Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics
CHEM 530 Quantum Chemistry
CHEM 531 Advanced Quantum Chemistry
CHEM 533 Nanoscience & Nanotechnology I
CHEM 547 Supramolecular Chemistry
CHEM 550 Chemical Physics of Condensed and Biological Matter
CHEM 557 Nanocarbons
CHEM 558 Nanocrystals
CHEM 559 Spectroscopy at the Single Molecular/Particle Limit
CHEM 595 Transition Metal Chemistry
CHEM 597/CHBE 597/MSNE 597 Polymer Synthesis, Soft materials and Nanocomposites
CHEM 630 Molecular Spectroscopy & Group Theory
CHEM 661/ELEC 661/MSNE 661 Nanophotonics, Spectroscopy, and Materials for Sustainability
ELEC 531 Statistical Signal Processing
ELEC 546 Intro to Computer Vision
ELEC 548 Neural Signal Processing
ELEC 549 Computational Photography
ELEC 560 Physics of Sensors
ELEC 562 Optoelectronic Devices
ELEC 563 Introduction to Solid State Physics I
ELEC 564/PHYS 564 Introduction to Solid State Physics II
ELEC 565 Materials for Energy & Photocatalysis
ELEC 566 Nanophotonics & Metamaterials
ELEC 567 Nano-Optics
ELEC 568 Laser Spectroscopy
ELEC 569/PHYS 569 Ultrafast Optical Phenomena
ELEC 571 Imaging at the Nanoscale
ELEC 572 Multiphysics Modeling
ELEC 573 Network Science and Analytics
ELEC 575 Learning from Sensor Data
ELEC 581 Cardiovascular and Respiratory System Dynamics
ELEC 585 Fundamentals of Medical Imaging
ELEC 587 Intro to Neuroengineering
ELEC 591 Electrical Engineering Research- Vertically Integrated Projects
ELEC 592 Topics in Quantum Optics (Nonlinear Optics)
ELEC 604 Nano-Optics
ELEC 605/PHYS 605 Computational Electrodynamics and Nanophotonics
ELEC 645/MSNE 645 Thin Films
ELEC 661/CHEM 661/MSNE 661 Nanophotonics, Spectroscopy, and Materials for Sustainability
ELEC 680 Nano-Neurotechnology
ELEC 691 Seminar Topics in Nanotechnology
MECH 520 Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
MECH 679 Lunar Vehicle and Spacecraft Design
MECH 682 Convective Heat Transfer
MECH 683 Radiative Heat Transfer I
MECH 684 Microscopic Thermodynamics and Transport
MSNE 502 Mechanical Properties of Materials
MSNE 503 Thermodynamics & Transport Phenomena in Materials Science
MSNE 510 Scaling Concepts in Materials
MSNE 512 Quantum Materials Engineering
MSNE 523 Properties, Synthesis, and Design of Composite Materials
MSNE 533 Computational Materials Modeling
MSNE 535 Crystallography and Diffraction
MSNE 538/CEVE 538 Computational Nanoscience
MSNE 555 Materials in Nature and Biometic Strategies
MSNE 580 Microscopy Methods
MSNE 597/CHBE 597/CHEM 597 Polymer Synthesis, Soft materials and Nanocomposites
MSNE 610 Crystal Thermodynamics
MSNE 614 Special Topics II
MSNE 615 Special Topics III
MSNE 623 Spectroscopy: Tools in Materials Science
MSNE 634 Thermodynamics of Alloys
MSNE 635 Transformation of Alloys
MSNE 645/ELEC 645 Thin Films
MSNE 650 Nanomaterials and Nanomechanics
MSNE 661/CHEM 661/ELEC 661 Nanophotonics, Spectroscopy, and Materials for Sustainability
MSNE 666 Conduction Phenomena in Solids
PHYS 580 Introduction to Plasma Physics
PHYS 512 Ionospheric Physics
PHYS 515 Classical Mechanics
PHYS 516 Mathematical Methods
PHYS 517 Computational Methods
PHYS 521 Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 526 Statistical Physics
PHYS 532 Classical Electrodynamics
PHYS 533 Nanostructures and Nanotechnology I
PHYS 534 Nanostructures and Nanotechnology II
PHYS 537 Methods of Experimental Physics I
PHYS 538 Methods of Experimental Physics II
PHYS 539 Characterization and Fabrication at the Nanoscale
PHYS 542 Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics
PHYS 549 Physics Data Science And Machine Learning Laboratory
PHYS 551 Biological Physics
PHYS 552 Topics in Biological Physics
PHYS 563 Introduction to Solid State Physics I
PHYS 564/ELEC 564 Introduction to Solid State Physics II
PHYS 566 Surface Physics
PHYS 567 Quantum Materials
PHYS 568 Quantum Phase Transition
PHYS 569/ELEC 569 Ultrafast Optical Phenomena
PHYS 571 Modern Atomic Physics and Quantum Optics
PHYS 572 Fundamentals of Quantum Optics
PHYS 600 Advanced Topics in Physics
PHYS 605/ELEC 605 Computational Electrodynamics and Nanophotonics
PHYS 610/BIOE 610 Biological & Molecular Simulation
PHYS 663 Condensed Matter Theory: Applications
PHYS 664 Condensed Matter Theory: Many-Body Formalism
STAT 518 Probability
STAT 583 Introduction to Random Processes and Applications
STAT 622 Bayesian Data Analysis

No courses may be used for both core and elective courses. Due to overlap of curricula, only one from each of the pairs PHYS 521/CHEM 530, and PHYS 526/CHEM 520/CHBE 540 may be used for the nine required courses.

NOTE: For any electives not on this list, the approval of the Applied Physics Chair and/or the Graduate Committee will be required. MSNE 506 will not be accepted as an approved elective.