Master of Science- Physics

The MS degree program in physics consists of a core of three courses, PHYS 810 Classical Mechanics, PHYS 812 Electromagnetic Theory, and PHYS 816 Quantum Mechanics, plus elec­tives appropriate to the student's plans for employment in physics or related fields, further graduate study, or teaching physics or the physical sciences.

Elective courses, subject to approval of the department, are usually selected from physics, chemistry, mathe­matics, or biology.  Incoming students must take a diagnostic examination on undergradu­ate physics no later than the first semester of enrollment without course deficiencies.  Students must pass all components or department approved alternatives for full acceptance into the program.

 

Option I: Thesis

Professional Physics Emphasis

For students preparing for further graduate study or for physics or physics-related employment. A minimum of thirty semester hours, including the three core courses, PHYS 810 Classical Mechanics, PHYS 812 Electromagnetic Theory, and PHYS 816 Quantum Mechanics, and at least six hours PHYS 890 Research and Thesis, as determined by the department as necessary to complete the thesis research and an oral defense. Concentration on a selected physics or interdisci­plinary specialty is possible through a combination of listed courses and PHYS 890 Research and Thesis, which may cover areas as diverse as solid state chemistry, materials science, surface physics, or radiation effects.

 

Option II: Research Problem

 Applied Physics Emphasis

For students preparing for physics or physics-related employment. A minimum of thirty-two semester hours, including the three core courses, PHYS 810 Classical Mechanics, PHYS 812 Electromagnetic Theory, and PHYS 816 Quantum Mechanics, and at least three hours of PHYS 891 Research Problem, as determined by the department as necessary to complete the problem research and both a written and oral report, are required.

 

Pre-Service Teaching Emphasis

For students preparing to teach physics or physical science at high school or junior college level. Elective courses may include up to nine hours professional education, which may substitute for one of the core courses, with department approval. A minimum of thirty-two semester hours including at least three hours of PHYS 891 Research Problem, as determined by the department as necessary to complete the problem research and both a written and oral report, are required.

 

In-Service Teaching Emphasis

For current teachers of high school physics seeking advanced physics-teacher training in conjunction with either Kansas licensure in physics or certification in another state.  A minimum of 36 hours is required, including PHYS 760 History and Philosophy of Science, PHYS 832 Experi­mental Design in the Physical Sciences, PHYS 893 Research Grant Proposal Writing, and PHYS 882 Guided Inquiry for Science Fairs and Demonstrations.  These four courses may replace some or all of the three core courses.  Instead of writing a thesis or problem report, the student must submit a grant proposal for external funding.  With permission of the student's advisor and department chairman, up to 12 hours may be taken outside the department, including a maximum of six in education.  A minimum of 15 hours should be in courses numbered 800-899, and 30 hours must be in courses numbered 700-899.