Physics: Optics and Photonics, MS

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2019-2020. Learn more about Graduate College Academic Regulation 7.0.

Thesis Option

Total Hours: 30 Hours

Required Courses
PHYS 5453Methods of Theoretical Physics3
PHYS 5613Quantum Mechanics I3
Select 9 hours of Photonics core courses from the following with advisor approval:9
Geometrical Optics
Lasers
Physical Optics
Design of Lasers and Systems
Fiber-Optic Communication Systems
Hours Subtotal15
Electives
Select 9 hours from the two groups of electives with a minim of one course and a maximum of two from Group I. Courses at the graduate level from other departments may be substituted for electives in Group II with Physics Department permission, but alternate courses must have a strong connection to optics and photonics.9
Group I
Electromagnetic Radiation
Electromagnetic Theory
Advanced Electromagnetic Radiation
Electromagnetic Theory
Group II
Laser Spectroscopy
Solid State Physics I
Quantum Mechanics II
Nonlinear Optics
Quantum Optics
Design of Optical Systems
Microelectronic Fabrication
Ultrafast Optoelectronics
Digital Image Processing
Hours Subtotal9
Thesis/Research
Select 6 hours (or more) of supervised research with submission of an approved thesis.
PHYS 5000Master’s Thesis Research or Report (Or equivalent)6
Hours Subtotal6
Total Hours30

Non-Thesis Option

Total Hours: 32 Hours

Required Courses
PHYS 5453Methods of Theoretical Physics3
PHYS 5613Quantum Mechanics I3
Select 9 hours of Photonics core courses from the following with advisor approval:9
Geometrical Optics
Lasers
Physical Optics
Design of Lasers and Systems
Fiber-Optic Communication Systems
Hours Subtotal15
Electives
Select 9 hours from the two groups of electives with a minim of one course and a maximum of two from Group I. Courses at the graduate level from other departments may be substituted for electives in Group II with Physics Department permission, but alternate courses must have a strong connection to optics and photonics.9
Group I
Electromagnetic Radiation
Electromagnetic Theory
Advanced Electromagnetic Radiation
Electromagnetic Theory
Group II
Laser Spectroscopy
Solid State Physics I
Quantum Mechanics II
Nonlinear Optics
Quantum Optics
Design of Optical Systems
Microelectronic Fabrication
Ultrafast Optoelectronics
Digital Image Processing
Hours Subtotal9
Additional Electives
Select 6 hours of advanced courses at the graduate level.6
Hours Subtotal6
Report
Students must complete a two-credit hour report.2
Hours Subtotal2
Total Hours32

General Graduate College Requirements

  • A minimum Grade-Point-Average of 3.00 is required
  • A minimum Grade of "C" is required in all degree applicable courses
  • No courses utilizing the Pass-No Pass grading system are permitted
  • GRAD 5082 or GRAD 5092 may not be used to meet degree requirements

Additional Graduate College Masters Degree Requirements

Plan I (coursework with thesis)

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours
    • A minimum of 24 coursework credit hours comprised of:
      • 6 research or creative component credit hours
      • 21 in-residence credit hours (maximum of 9 transfer hours with "B" or better)
      • 21 credit hours at 5000- or 6000-level

Plan II (coursework without thesis)

  • A minimum of 32 credit hours
    • A maximum of 3 credit hours of research or creative component
    • A minimum of 23 in-residence credit hours (maximum of 9 transfer credit hours with "B" or better)
    • A minimum of 21 credit hours at the 5000- or 6000-level