Physics (MS in Engineering Physics; Minor)

Master of Science in Engineering Physics
Graduate Minor in Physics

Department of Physics and Astronomy
College of Arts and Sciences

physics.appstate.edu

Michael Briley, Chair and Professor
brileymm@appstate.edu

Jennifer Burris, Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor
burrisjl@appstate.edu

 

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers the following graduate program:

  • Master of Science degree in Engineering Physics (113*/40.0801) with concentrations in
    • Systems and Laboratory Automation (113B)
    • Professional Science Master's in Instrumentation and Automation (113C)
    • Professional Science Master's in Nanoscience for Advanced Materials (113D)
  • Graduate Minor in Physics (272/40.0801)

The MS program is designed to prepare individuals for technical careers in industrial, governmental, and independent laboratories as well as for teaching positions at the community college level. It may also serve as an intermediate step for those who later elect to pursue a Ph.D. in applied physics, engineering physics, engineering, nanoscience, material science or a related area.

Graduate students will choose a research area of Applied Physics, Atmospheric Physics, Biophysics and Optical Sciences, Nanoscience, Electronics Instrumentation, Optics Instrumentation, or Astronomical Instrumentation and Observations.

The concentration in Systems and Laboratory Automation is a more traditional MS program that contains thesis and non-thesis options. The other concentrations are professional science master's (PSM) concentration, which require a core of business and communications courses (12 semester hours). The PSM concentrations do not have a thesis option, but require an internship.

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE MINOR IN PHYSICS (Code: 272)

A graduate minor in Physics consists of 8-12 semester hours selected from graduate level PHY offerings, except PHY 5989.

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING PHYSICS

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree in physics, astronomy or any science or related area such as mathematics, computer science or engineering from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Location: On Campus

 Course Requirements for the Master of Science in Engineering Physics
Semester Hours Required: See specific concentrations below
 
Required Courses
  • PHY 5002: Applied Physics Literature (1)
  • PHY 5010: Applied Physics Colloquium (1)
  • PHY 5740: Sensors and Transducers (4)
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Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)

Systems and Laboratory Automation Concentration (Code: 113B)
Total hours required for degree: 30 (THESIS) or 36

  • PHY 5430: Digital Systems (4)
  • PHY 5435: Laboratory Automation (4)
  • PHY 5550: Directed Research in Applied Physics (1-3)
  • Choose thesis or non-thesis option:
    • PHY 5999: Thesis (6)
      • 3 s.h. of graduate PHY electives
      • 4-6 s.h. of graduate electives
    • OR
    • 12 s.h. of graduate PHY electives
    • 7-9 s.h. of graduate electives

OR
PSM in Instrumentation and Automation Concentration (Code: 113C)
Total hours required for degree: 37-38

  • PHY 5020: Computational Methods in Physics and Engineering (3)
  • PHY 5330: Digital Electronics (3)
  • PHY 5730: Analog Systems (3)
  • PHY 5735: Microcontrollers (3)
  • PHY 5900: Internship (3)
  • PHY 5910: Professional Science Colloquium (1)
  • Choose one of the following courses:
    • PHY 5635: Advanced Microprocessor Interfacing and Robotics (4)
    • PHY 5520: Data Transmission and Signal Processing (3)
  • Professional Core Courses:
    • 9 s.h. of graduate courses from Business chosen in consultation with the PSM advisor
    • 3 s.h. of graduate courses in technical communications (ENG, COM or equivalent)

OR
PSM in Nanoscience for Advanced Materials Concentration (Code: 113D)
Total hours required for degree: 41-42

  • PHY 5620: Optics (4)
  • PHY 5845: Nanoscience and Technology (3)
  • PHY 5860: Physical Principles of Electron Microscopy (3)
  • PHY 5861: Physical Principles of Electron Microscopy Laboratory (1)
  • PHY 5900: Internship (1)
  • PHY 5910: Professional Science Colloquium (1)
  • Related Coursework:
    • CHE 5560: Instrumental Methods of Analysis (4)
    • Approved elective such as TEC 5530-5549: Selected Topics when topic is related to Materials Science (3)
    • Choose one of the following courses:
      • PHY 5020: Computational Methods in Physics and Engineering (3)
      • PHY 5530-5549: Selected Topics when topic is related to Materials Science (3-4)
  • Professional Core Courses:
    • 9 s.h. of graduate courses from Business chosen in consultation with the PSM advisor
    • 3 s.h. of graduate courses in technical communications (ENG, COM or equivalent)
 

Other Requirements for the MS in Engineering Physics:

  • Thesis: Optional
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Required for thesis option; admission to candidacy is awarded upon approval of thesis committee and prospectus
  • Comprehensive:
    • Systems and Laboratory Automation: A written comprehensive examination is required for the non-thesis option. An oral defense of the thesis is required for the thesis option (satisfies the comprehensive requirement).
    • PSMs: The internship project report satisfies the comprehensive requirement for students in the PSM concentration.
  • Product of Learning: Not required

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