Admission documents into the MSc program are consistent with those specified by the UCCS Graduate School. These admission documents required of applicants are as follows:
Students with an undergraduate grade point average of less than 3.0 but at or above 2.5, or students with an inadequate background, may be allowed into the program provisionally. This decision would be made by the UCCS Physics Graduate Student Committee. Provisional status would subsequently be removed and a student given regular standing after completion of nine hours of graduate courses with a 3.0 average (or better).
Additional requirements for some students:
Students who are transferring from other physics graduate programs must meet the minimum standards outlined above and, in addition, have a 3.0 average (or better) in all graduate work done previously. Full credit, up to nine hours (normally one semester of full-time course work), will be given for course work done previously, assuming the prior work is done at accredited institutions with approved programs. Course equivalency will be decided by the UCCS Physics Graduate Student Committee after interviewing the student and comparing textbooks, class notes, or any other helpful documentation.
Thesis and Non-Thesis: For the thesis option, the student must take 24 credit hours. Thesis work is an additional six hours (three credits per semester) for a total of 30 credit hours. The non-thesis option requires 30 credit hours from the approved courses.
Concentration areas: In order to design a more specialized degree, students may concentrate their elective courses in areas outside of physics. Concentration areas could include space studies, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, geography, computer science, applied mathematics or other graduate disciplines. These concentration areas might be appropriate for students who have very well-defined career objectives which require a combination of physics with another discipline. Students should consult with the Physics graduate program advisor to establish a course sequence for the MSc degree.
Approved graduate courses include:
Course | Credits | |
PHYS 5030 | Mathematical Methods in Physics | 3 |
PHYS 5150 | Solid State Laboratory | 2 |
PHYS 5200 | Computational Physics | 3 |
PHYS 5410 | Statistical Mechanics | 3 |
PHYS 5460 | Introduction to Solid State Physics | 3 |
PHYS 5490 | Physics of Thin Films | 3 |
PHYS 5510 | Modern Optics | 3 |
PHYS 6210 | Theoretical Mechanics | 3 |
PHYS 6250 | Introduction to Quantum Mechanics | 3 |
PHYS 6260 | Quantum Mechanics II | 3 |
PHYS 6310 | Electromagnetic Theory I | 3 |
PHYS 6320 | Electromagnetic Theory II | 3 |
PHYS 6900 | Theory of the Solid State I | 3 |
PHYS 6910 | Theory of the Solid State II | 3 |
PHYS 6950 | Special Topics in Physics | 3 |
CS 5600 | Numerical Computing | 3 |
ECE 5020 | Semiconductor Devices II | 3 |
ECE 5030 | Advanced Semiconductor Device Modeling | 3 |
ECE 5050 | Microelectronics IC Fabrication Laboratory | 3 |
ECE 5070 | Electronic Property of Materials | 3 |
MAE 5410 | Astrodynamics | 3 |
MAE 5091 | Space Environment | 3 |
MATH 5450 OR MATH 5620 |
Complex Variables OR Complex Variables II |
3 |
Note: Other courses may be substituted with the written approval of the graduate program advisor.
Please note that classes are offered every other year. You must plan accordingly to make sure that you take classes when they are available. The tables below show when we anticipate offering graduate courses.
The core courses refer to core classes for PhD students only (Masters students may choose from all classes). The core courses should follow the schedule below unless there are exceptional circumstances. Electives are often determined only one or two semesters in advance, depending on faculty availability and student demand. However, we will try to keep close to the schedule below. This is meant as a general guide only.
Academic Year 2014-2015, 2016-2017, 2018-2019, etc.
Fall (even year) | Spring (odd year) | |
Core: | 5030 Mathematical Physics | |
Core: | 6250 Intro to Quantum Mechanics | 6260 Quantum Mechanics II |
Elective: | 5460 Intro to Solid State Physics 1 | 5150 Solid State Lab |
Elective: | 5490 Physics of Thin Films | 5950 Special topics: Biophysics |
Elective | 5950 Spec Topics: Particle Physics | 5510 Modern Optics |
Academic Year 2015-2016, 2017-2018, etc.
Fall (odd year) | Spring (even year) | |
Core: | 6210 Theoretical Mechanics | 5410 Statistical Mechanics |
Core: | 6310 Electromagnetic Theory I | 6320 Electromagnetic Theory II |
Elective: | 5200 Computational Physics | 5950 Special topics: Magnetism |
Elective: | 6950 Special topics: Nanotechnology | 5480 Surface and Interface Physics |
Other courses that are not on 2 year schedule but will be included as appropriate:
- 6900 Theory of the solid state 1
- 6910 Theory of the solid state 2
- 5950 & 6950 Special topics (Nonlinear Physics, Group Theory, etc - as available)
Information on this page is subject to change and is not official. Consult the UCCS Academic Catalog for official information.