Physics (MS in Engineering Physics; Minor)

Master of Science in Engineering Physics
Graduate Minor in Engineering Physics

Department of Physics and Astronomy
College of Arts and Sciences

physics.appstate.edu

Michael Briley, Chair and Professor
brileymm@appstate.edu

Brad Johnson, Graduate Program Director
johnsonbg2@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 Engineering Physics (147/40.0801)

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 ENGINEERING PHYSICS (Code: 147)

A graduate minor in Engineering 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 5011: Applied Physics Colloquium (0) (Must be taken twice)
  • PHY 5330: Digital Electronics (4)
  • PHY 5400: Professional Skills (1)
  • PHY 5405: Graduate Seminar (1)
  • PHY 5730: Analog Systems (4)
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Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)

Systems and Laboratory Automation Concentration (Code: 113B)
Hours in concentration: 23 (THESIS) or 26

Total hours required for degree: 33 (THESIS) or 36

  • PHY 5735: Microcontrollers (4)
  • PHY 5740: Sensors and Transducers (4)
  • PHY 5550: Directed Research in Applied Physics (1+1+1=3) OR PHY 5900: Internship (1+1+1=3)
  • Choose thesis (12 s.h.) or non-thesis option (15 s.h.):
    • PHY 5999: Thesis (6)
    • 6 s.h. of graduate electives, including at least 3 s.h. of graduate PHY coursework chosen with
      approval of the program director 
    • OR
    • 15 s.h. of graduate electives with approval of graduate program director

OR
PSM in Instrumentation and Automation Concentration (Code: 113C)
Hours in concentration: 26
Total hours required for degree: 36

  • PHY 5735: Microcontrollers (3)
  • PHY 5740: Sensors and Transducers (4)
  • PHY 5900: Internship (3)
  • 12 s.h. of Professional Core Courses approved by graduate program director:
    • ENG 5520: Technical Writing (3) or similar technical communications course
    • 9 s.h. of graduate courses from (BUS 5000:5998, MBA 5000:5998, TEC 5149)
  • 3 s.h. of graduate electives approved by graduate program director

OR
PSM in Nanoscience for Advanced Materials Concentration (Code: 113D)
Hours in concentration: 29 or 30

Total hours required for degree: 39 or 40

  • 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 (3)
  • 7-8 s.h. of Related Coursework: Choose 2 of the following 3 with approval of graduate program director
    • PHY 5740: Sensors and Transducers (4)
    • A course in solid state physics (3)
    • A course in materials (4)
  • 12 s.h of Professional Core Courses approved by graduate program director:
    • ENG 5520: Technical Writing (3) or similar technical communications course
    • 9 s.h. of graduate courses from (BUS 5000:5998, MBA 5000:5998, TEC 5149)
 

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
    • An oral defense of the thesis is required for the thesis option of Systems and Laboratory Automation.
    • For non-thesis option and other concentrations: A written and oral comprehensive examination is required.
  • Product of Learning: Not required

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