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231 CAP Building
525 Rivers Street
Boone, NC
28608
(828) 262-3090
FAX: (828) 262-2049

Department Chair
Dr. Anthony G. Calamai
calamaiag@appstate.edu

Physics Program Coordinator
Dr. Patricia E. Allen
allenpe@appstate.edu

Astronomy Program Coordinator
Dr. Joseph T. Pollock
pollockjt@appstate.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. J. Sidney Clements
clementsjs@appstate.edu

 

Graduate Curricula

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a Master of Science degree in Engineering Physics. The program is designed to prepare individuals for technical careers in industrial, governmental and independent laboratories as well as for teaching positions at community, junior, and technical colleges. It may also serve as an intermediate step for those who later elect to pursue more advanced study in applied physics or related areas.

Graduate students will choose a research area of Engineering Physics, Electronics Instrumentation, or Astronomical Instrumentation and Observations.

Master of Science in Engineering Physics

Prerequisite:
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in physics, astronomy, engineering, computer science or a related area.

Hours:
30 semester hours with thesis, 36 semester hours without thesis

Required Courses: Hours:
PHY 5002 Applied Physics Literature 1
PHY 5010 Applied Physics Colloquium 1
PHY 5430 Digital Systems 4
PHY 5435 Laboratory Automation 4
PHY 5510 Physics of Transducers 4
PHY 5550 Directed Research in Applied Physics 1-3
SUBTOTAL HOURS 15-17
Physics Electives: Hours:
Thesis option 0
Non-thesis option 12
SUBTOTAL HOURS 0-12
Other Electives: Hours:
Thesis option 7-9
Non-thesis option 7-9
SUBTOTAL HOURS 7-9
Thesis:   (Optional) Hours:
PHY 5999 Thesis 6
TOTAL HOURS 30 or 36

Language Proficiency:
None required

Comprehensive
A written comprehensive examination is required for the non-thesis option. An oral defense of the thesis is required for the thesis option (satisfies the comprehensive requirement).

Graduate Minor in Physics:
A graduate (M.A.) minor in physics consists of 8-12 semester hours selected from physics offerings numbered 5000 and above, except PHY 5989.

 

 

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