|Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Advisor Name:_______________________||Catalog: 2021-2022 General Catalog Program: Physics, MS Minimum Credits Required:__________________|
The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Department of Physics, in the College of Science and Technology, offers a program of study leading to a Master of Science in Physics degree. This program is designed to provide a solid foundation in physics course work (beyond the baccalaureate level) and research essential for pursuing doctoral studies in physics or related academic areas. The successful student will be prepared to enter the work force, or enter a high quality Ph.D. program. The student may choose either a thesis or non-thesis program leading to the M.S. in Physics degree.
The Department has 15 faculty members committed to excellence in research. The faculty conducts experimental research in the areas of:
Admission to the Master of Science program is in conformity with the uniform requirements established by the School of Graduate Studies and Research as described in other sections of this catalog. These include:
In addition, other factors such as motivation, attitude, and potential for successful graduate work will be considered. These factors will be judged from at least two letters of recommendation from undergraduate physics instructors and/or personal interviews. Conditional acceptance into the graduate program may be granted as a result of these letters or interview when requirement 2 is not met. However, a student may not remain in the program for more than one semester with a conditional acceptance.
The requirements consist of a set of core requirements and then separate requirements for the thesis and non-thesis programs:
1. Completion of 24 semester hours of the core curriculum which consists of:
|Course Name||Term Taken||Grade||Gen Ed|
|PHY 6246 Classical Dynamics I|
|PHY 6247 Classical Dynamics II|
|PHY 6346 Electrodynamics I|
|PHY 6347 Electrodynamics II|
|PHY 6524 Quantum Stat Mechanics|
|PHY 6645 Quantum Mechanics I|
|PHY 6646 Quantum Mechanics II|
|PHZ 6115 Math Meth For Physics|
These courses must be completed with at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA).
2. Passing the departmental proficiency examination.
This exam consists of a written examination given twice per year covering the content of an undergraduate program in physics. All first year graduate students must pass the exam by end of their second year.
3. Pass an oral examination
After completion of the requirements for a thesis or non-thesis program, the degree candidate shall be required to pass an oral examination on graduate level physics core course work. The exam shall be set by the candidate’s graduate committee which shall consist of four physics faculty members. If the student has completed a thesis, one committee member will be the candidate’s thesis advisor and the exam will also include a defense of the thesis. If the candidate is not a thesis student, the exam may also cover additional course work. The additional courses to be covered will be communicated by the committee to the student at least one month prior to the examination.
4. Every candidate is required to teach at least one undergraduate laboratory for one semester
Additional Non-Thesis Requirements
Additional Thesis Requirements