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Physics, MS - Curriculum and Duration

The Master of Science with a thesis and without a thesis is offered. The curriculum can be individually tailored by taking electives courses and choosing either one of the application domains identified in the program, or developing a personalized application domain of interest in conjunction with the faculty advisor. 

As part of the Integrated 4+1 BS/MS in Physics program, undergraduate students may complete 12-15 graduate credits during the four undergraduate years. These students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and get B- or better in graduate courses.

Concentrations (6 credits)

Students choose from one of three program concentrations: biophysics, materials science or complex systems.  Each concentration consists of six credits.

Biophysics Concentration

Course Number Course Name Credits
PY840 Experimental Techniques in Biophysics 3 credits
PY841 Physical Approaches to Life Sciences 3 credits

Materials Science

Course Number Course Name Credits
PY850 Experimental Techniques in Materials Science 3 credits
PY851 Quantum Materials 3 credits

Complex Systems Concentration

Course Number Course Name Credits
PY725 Advanced Chaos and Nonlinear Dynamics 3 credits
  Physics or Data Science (from Elective II list below) 3 credits

 

MS Non-thesis Option (30 credits)

  • Core Courses: 24 credits
  • One of three concentrations (Biophysics, Materials Science, Complex systems): 6 credits

Core Courses (24 credits)

Course Number Course Name Credits
PY710 Advanced Mechanics 3 credits
PY831 Equilibrium and Non Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics 3 credits
PY771 Mathematical Methods for Physical Sciences II 3 credits
PY810 Advanced Electricity and Magnetism 3 credits
PY750 Quantum Mechanics 3 credits
PY700 Graduate Physics Seminar 1 credit
PY703 Entrepreneurship and Physics in Industry  2 credits
Graduate Physics Electives
(see Elective I and II lists below)
6 credits

 

MS Thesis Option (34 credits)

  • Core Courses: 28 credits
  • One of three concentrations (Biophysics, Materials Science, Complex systems): 6 credits

Core courses (28 credits)

Course Number Course Name Credits
PY710 Advanced Mechanics 3 credits
PY831 Equilibrium and Non Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics 3 credits
PY771 Mathematical Methods for Physical Sciences II 3 credits
PY810 Advanced Electricity and Magnetism 3 credits
PY750 Quantum Mechanics 3 credits
PY700 Graduate Physics Seminar 1 credit
PY703 Entrepreneurship and Physics in Industry  2 credits
Research (including thesis) 10 credits

 

Electives I                                 

  • PY751: Advanced Quantum Mechanics (3 credits)
  • PY890: Graduate Special Topics in Physics (1-3 credits)
  • PY725: Advanced Chaos and Nonlinear dynamics (3 credits)
  • PY830: Photonics (3 credits)
  • PY815: Polymer Physics (3 credits)
  • PY817: Quantum Information (3 credits)

Electives II

  • PY890: Graduate Special Topics in Physics (1-3 credits)
  • DS403: Applied Machine Learning* (3 credits)
  • PY833: Pattern Formation (3 credits) 
  • DS401: Time series and Forecasting* (3 credits)
  • PY832: Theory of Networks (3 credits) 
  • PY834: Complexity Theory (3 credits)
  • PY835: Quantum Information (3 credits)

*These courses require ST331: Regression Analysis as prerequisite.

 

Contact:

Elia V. Eschenazi, PhD
Chair, Department of Mathematics, Physics and Statistics

Office Location:

McNeil STC, Room 242

Address:

University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-8707

Email:

e.eschen@usciences.edu