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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Physics (PHY)
with a Concentration in Applied Physics (APM)

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Master of Science (M.S.)
CIP Code: 40.0801
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Physics Department (PHY)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue PHY114
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Xiaomei Jiang
Phone: 813-974-7765
Email: xjiang@usf.edu

Website: http://www.cas.usf.edu/physics/


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Major Information

Contact department for information.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 1
Spring: September 1
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • three letters of recommendation
  • a statement of purpose
  • GRE General Test scores required, GRE Physics Subject Test scores recommended.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Students admitted to the graduate major in Physics, will consult with the Physics Director of Graduate Studies, who will be the student's course advisor and monitor the student's progress. After a decision has been made concerning the student's academic goals, the duties of graduate advising will be assumed by the major professor and the supervisory committee appointed by the department chairperson. In keeping with the student's academic goals, the supervisory committee will determine the appropriate course of study and examinations required for graduation for both the thesis and non-thesis options.

A minimum of 30 hours is required for the master's degree, at least 16 hours of which must be at the 6000 level. At least 20 hours must be in formal, regularly scheduled coursework, ten of which must be at the 6000 level.

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

9

PHZ5115
PHY6346
PHY6645

Mathematical Methods I
Electricity and Magnetism I
Quantum Mechanics I

3
3
3

All three core classes are required.
 

Thesis option (15 credit hours)
At least four graduate-level elective classes ( twelve credit hours), of which at least two must be within physics, plus nine credit hours of Master's-Thesis as per the Graduate Catalog. Directed Research hours may satisfy up to 50% of the thesis hour requirement. Contact the program for a current list of approved electives.

Non-thesis option (21 credit hours)
At least five graduate-level elective classes (fifteen credit hours), of which at least three (9 credit hours) must be in physics. The remaining six credit hours may be earned through a combination of approved graduate level electives, approved graduate seminars, or directed research. Contact the program for a current list of approved electives.

Laboratory or Computing Experience
The student, as part of their elective work or thesis, or through previous course work, should demonstrate eitherlaboratory or computational experience.

 

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

Concentrations available:

Applied Physics (APM)
Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMZ)
Laser Physics (LPZ)
Materials Physics (MPZ)
Optical Physics (OPZ)
Semiconductor Physics (SCZ)
Solid State Physics (SSZ)

 

MINIMUM TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS (beyond baccalaureate degree)

30

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College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

See USF Degree Requirements —
http://www.grad.usf.edu/policies.php

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

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