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Recommended Course Sequence

First Year

Fall

  • Electricity & Magnetism I (Phys 505) or Electromagnetic Theory I (AP 530)
  • Applied Quantum Mechanics I (AP 540) or Quantum Mechanics I (Phys 511)
  • Statistical Physics (Phys 510)
  • Graduate Seminar Attendance (AP 514)

Winter

  • Electricity & Magnetism II (Phys 506)
  • Quantum Theory of Light (AP609) or Quantum Mechanics II (Phys 512)
  • Supervised Research (AP 715)
  • Graduate Seminar Attendance (AP 514)

Second Year

Fall

  • Computational/Math Methods Elective ++
  • Condensed Matter (Phys 520) or Equivalent in Major Field
  • Elective Course*
  • Graduate Seminar Attendance (AP 514)
* At least two electives must be at the 600 level
 
++ One of the following must be elected:
  • Microcomputers in Experimental Research (AP 518)
  • or Methods of Applied Math I (M 556) 
  • or Numerical Methods for Scientific Computing I (M 571) 
  • or other approved computer/math methods options

Winter

  • Elective Course*
  • Elective Course*
  • Elective Course*
  • Elective Course*
  • Graduate Seminar Participation (AP 514)
* At least two electives must be at the 600 level 

Third Year

Graduate Seminar Participation (AP 514) Two Credits (2 terms)
Related Course Work:

Upon completion of the basic core courses, students will select more advanced classes in their intended area of specialization. This selection will be made in consultation with the student's research advisor and the program Director. Course offerings include (but are not limited to):

Chemistry
  • 668 Molecular & Solid State Symmetry
  • 669 Physics of Extended Surfaces
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • 513 Semiconductor and Integrated Circuit Modeling for Computer Aided Design
  • 517 Physical Processes in Plasmas
  • 521 High Speed Transistors
  • 524 Digital Circuits Laboratory
  • 529 Optical and Optoelectronic Devices
  • 530 Electromagnetic Theory
  • 537 Integrated and Guided Wave Optics
  • 538 Lasers and Electro-Optics I
  • 539 Lasers and Electro-Optics II
  • 546 Ultrafast Optics
  • 621 Electronic Properties of Solid State Materials
  • 630 Advanced Electromagnetics
  • 634 Nonlinear Optics
Materials Science and Engineering
  • 532 Thermodynamics of Solid Systems
  • 550 Fundamentals of Materials Science
  • 562 Electron Microscopy I
  • 620 Phase Transformations in Solids
  • 662 Electron Microscopy II
Mathematics

  • 554 Advanced Mathematics for Engineers
  • 555 Introduction to Complex Variables
  • 556 Methods of Applied Mathematics I
  • 557 Methods of Applied Mathematics II
  • 571 Numerical Methods for Scientific Computing
  • 601 Real Analysis I
  • 602 Real Analysis II
  • 603 Complex Analysis I
  • 604 Complex Analysis II
  • 650 Fourier Analysis
Nuclear Engineering
  • 511 Quantum Mechanics of Neutron-Nuclear Interactions
  • 512 Interaction of Radiation with Matter
  • 571 Plasmas and Controlled Fusion I
  • 572 Plasmas and Controlled Fusion II
  • 576 Principles of Charged Particle Accelerators
  • 674 High-lntensity Laser Plasma Interactions
  • 676 Physics of Intense Charged Particle Beams
Physics
  • 540 Advanced Condensed Matter
  • 609 Quantum Theory of Light
  • 619 Advanced Solid State
  • 619.1 Photoelectron Spectroscopy
  • 619.2 Photon, Neutron and Electron Scattering in Solids
  • 623 Advanced Statistical Physics
  • 633 Fluid Dynamics
  • 639 Low-Temperature Physics
  • 644 Advanced Atomic Physics
  • ME 539 (AP 639) Heat Transfer Physics