University of Texas at El Paso Academic Catalog

Academic Catalog

M.S. in Physics

The department offers a program of courses and research leading to the MS degree in Physics. Two routes are available. Plan 1 requires 30 semester hours of credit: 24 hours of coursework plus a six-hour thesis (PHYS 5398 and PHYS 5399). Plan 2 requires the favorable recommendation of the Physics Department Graduate Studies Committee and 36 hours of coursework including the successful completion of a research problem (PHYS 5391 ) with a written report submitted to the department.

Applicants from countries where English is not the first language are required to demonstrate English proficiency. Please consult the graduate school website for required scores.

Students must have their course program approved by the graduate advisor each semester. The student chooses, in consultation with the graduate advisor, a chairperson of the research committee and at least two additional committee members who will supervise the thesis or research problem. One member of this committee must be from outside the Physics Department. These choices should be made and approved by the department Graduate Advisor and by the Graduate School before the student has completed two semesters of graduate work.

The candidate for the MS degree in Physics can have no more than two grades of C for courses used to fulfill the requirements of the degree and must pass a final examination, which will include an oral defense of the thesis or research problem.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 30

MS in Physics (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
PHYS 5321Mechanics3
PHYS 5325Mathematical Physics3
PHYS 5341Electrodynamics3
PHYS 5361Quantum Mechanics3
Thesis/Project Option:
Select one of the options12-18
Physics Electives:
Select six hours from the following Graduate Physics courses6
Total Hours30-36

Thesis Option

PHYS 5365Advanced Statistical Mechanics3
PHYS 5371Solid State Physics3
PHYS 5398Thesis3
PHYS 5399Thesis3
Total Hours12

Project Option

PHYS 5391Research Problems in Physics3
Select fifteen hours from the following Graduate Physics courses15
Total Hours18

Graduate Physics

PHYS 5195Graduate Seminar1
PHYS 5196Graduate Research in Physics1
PHYS 5365Advanced Statistical Mechanics3
PHYS 5371Solid State Physics3
PHYS 5391Research Problems in Physics3
PHYS 5393Special Topics in Physics3
PHYS 5396Graduate Research in Physics3
PHYS 5398Thesis3
PHYS 5399Thesis3
PHYS 5696Graduate Research in Physics6