College or School: 
College of Science and Mathematics
Degree: 
Bachelor of Science
Master of Science
Program Type: 
Masters
Bachelors
Level: 
Graduate
Undergraduate
Department: 
Physics
Campus: 
Dayton
Program Description: 

 

The attached curriculum shows paths to the BS+MS degrees over 5 years listing all required courses and the required number of electives.   The two sequences  reflect the alternate year offerings of some graduate courses.  Specifically, this curriculum

a) includes all required courses for the BS in Physics; 

b) includes all required courses for the Physics Masters degree;

 c) includes 3 elective courses (9 to 10 semester credits depending on choice of courses).

 d) uses 2 elective courses (6 semester credits) in the Physics BS curriculum for required graduate courses.

 Required courses which can be double counted for both degrees are: PHY4730/6730, PHY4800/6800, PHY4810/6810, PHY4830/6830 (13 semester credits) in the primary year sequence and PHY4730/6730, PHY4830/6830, PHY7100, PHY7120 in the alternate year sequence.

 Elective courses which may be double counted for the both degrees include: PHY4270/6270, PHY4320/6320, PHY4430/6430, PHY4630/6630, PHY4610/6610, PHY4620/6620.

Each semester in the first four years of the model curriculum is 16 semester hours or less which is consistent with the normal undergraduate curriculum.    Each semester in the fifth year of the model curriculum is 11 semester hours or less, consistent with normal graduate curriculum.

 

Admissions Requirements: 

 

Any student in the Physics BS program may petition to enter the 5 Year Physics Masters program during the semester prior to completing 60 semester hours of the model curriculum with a 3.2 average, including PHY 2400, 2410, 2420; and obtaining a 3.3 average in required physics and math courses taken to date.

The petition must be approved by the Physics Department Graduate Studies Committee and the Physics Department Chair and be forwarded to the Graduate School for final approval and admission to the degree program.   The graduate studies committee and/or the chair may consult a petitioner’s former instructors regarding suitability if they choose.

The admission to the program will normally be at the beginning of subsequent semester after approval. An intending student must then seek advising each term to make sure they are following the necessary curriculum to eventually complete the program.

Program Requirements: 

 

Curriculum summary:

WSU Core:  as for any undergraduate

Physics Core: PHY 1000, PHY1100, PHY2420, PHY3220, PHY 3150, PHY 3500, PHY 3510, PHY4500, PHY4510, PHY 3500, PHY3710

Physics Required Courses (BS): PHY 4600, 4610, 4830, 4940

Related Field Requirements: MTH2320, MTH 2330, MTH 2530, MTH 3320, MTH 3330, CHM 1210, CHM 1220

Required Masters courses: PHY 4730/6730, PHY4800/6800, PHY4810/6810, PHY7100, PHY 7120, PHY8000, PHY8990

Continuance in the program

A 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA in required physics courses is required to remain in the program.  Normal graduate school probation rules apply. 

Advising:  Upon admission to the program, academic advising and permission to register is necessary each term.   (This is due to the close sequencing of courses that is necessary to meet the 5 year timeline.)

 Students are eligible for financial aid based upon their enrollment status. Because participating students remain undergraduates through the completion of the bachelor’s degree, they will be eligible for undergraduate financial aid through this period. Students will become eligible for graduate forms of financial aid—including Graduate Tuition Scholarships and GRAs/GTAs/GAs—when they become regularly-admitted graduate students after the completion of the bachelor’s degree.

Reversion to single degree

Reversion to the 4 year BS degree occurs if the student does not enroll in the necessary graduate courses within 2 years following completion of the Physics BS requirements. In this case, PHY6000 or PHY7000 level courses may count as elective credits toward the BS degree but not toward the curricular requirements for the BS   If reversion occurs and the student subsequently is accepted into the Physics MS, any graduate credits applied to the Physics BS cannot count toward the 30 semester credits required for the Physics MS degree.

 

  Hours
Sequence I  
Year 1  
Semster 1  
PHY 2400/L Physics I 5
MTH 2300 Calculus I 4
PHY 1000 Fresh Seminar 1
Core 1st Year Writing 3
Core 3
Total 16
   
Semester 2  
PHY 2410/L Physics II 5
MTH 2310 Calculus II 4
PHY 1100 Fresh Seminar 1
Core 3
Core 3
Total 16
   
Year 2  
Semester 1  
PHY 2420 Physics III 3
MTH 2320 Calculus III 4
PHY 3150 Instrumentation 3
CHM 1210/L Chemistry I 5
Total 15
   
Semester 2  
PHY 3220 Optics 3
MTH 2330 Differential Eqns. 3
MTH 2530 Matrix Algebra 3
CHM 1220/L Chemistry II 5
Total 14
   
Year 3  
Semester 1  
PHY 4500 Elec & Mag I 3
PHY 3500 Adv Lab I 2
MTH 3320 Complex Vars 3
Core 2st Year Writing 3
Core 3
Total 14
   
Semester 2  
PHY 4510 Elec & Mag II 3
PHY 3510 Adv Lab II 2
PHY 3710 Mechanics 3
MTH 3330 Partial Diff Eqns 3
Elective 3
Total 14
   
Year 4  
Semester 1  
PHY 4600 Intro Quantum I 3
PHY 4800/6800 Classic Mech 3
PHY 4730/6730 Math Methods 3
PHY 4940 Senior Project 3
Core 3
Total 15
   
Semester 2  
PHY 4610 Intro Quantum II 3
PHY 4810/6810 Electromagnetic I 4
PHY 4830/6830 Statistical Mech 3
PHY 4940 Senior Project 3
Core 3
Total 16
   
Undergraduate Total 120
   
Year 5  
Semester 1  
PHY 7100 Quantum Mech I 3
PHY 8990 Thesis 3
PHY 8000 Seminar 1
Elective 3
Total 10
   
Semester 2  
PHY 7110 Quantum Mech II 3
PHY 8990 Thesis 3
PHY 8000 Seminar 1
Elective 3
Total 10
   
Undergrad  Summary:  
WSU Core 42
Core Physics 24
Req. Physics 15
Related 26
specified Credits 107
   
Net Grad credits 20
Double Counted Graduate Credits 13
Total Graduate credits 33
   
Total Earned Credits for both degrees 140

 

 

 

  Hours
Sequence II  
Year 1  
Semster 1  
PHY 2400/L Physics I 5
MTH 2300 Calculus I 4
PHY 1000 Fresh Seminar 1
Core 1st Year Writing 3
Core 3
Total 16
   
Semester 2  
PHY 2410/L Physics II 5
MTH 2310 Calculus II 4
PHY 1100 Fresh Seminar 1
Core 3
Core 3
Total 16
   
Year 2  
Semester 1  
PHY 2420 Physics III 3
MTH 2320 Calculus III 4
PHY 3150 Instrumentation 3
CHM 1210/L Chemistry I 5
Total 15
   
Semester 2  
PHY 3220 Optics 3
MTH 2330 Differential Eqns. 3
MTH 2530 Matrix Algebra 3
CHM 1220/L Chemistry II 5
Total 14
   
Year 3  
Semester 1  
PHY 4600 Intro Quantum I 3
PHY 3500 Adv Lab I 2
MTH 3320 Complex Vars 3
Core 2st Year Writing 3
Core 3
Total 14
   
Semester 2  
PHY 4610 Intro Quantum II 3
PHY 3510 Adv Lab II 2
PHY 3710 Mechanics 3
MTH 3330 Partial Diff Eqns 3
Elective 4
Total 15
   
Year 4  
Semester 1  
PHY 4500 Elec & Mag I 3
PHY 7100 Quantum Mech I 3
PHY 4730/6730 Math Methods 3
PHY 4940 Senior Project 3
Core 3
Total 15
   
Semester 2  
PHY 4510 Elec & Mag II 3
PHY 7110 Quantum Mech II 3
PHY 4830/6830 Statistical Mech 3
PHY 4940 Senior Project 3
Core 3
Total 15
   
Undergraduate Total 120
   
Year 5  
Semester 1  
PHY 6800 Classical Mech 3
PHY 8990 Thesis 3
PHY 8000 Seminar 1
Elective 3
Total 10
   
Semester 2  
PHY 6810 Electromagnetic I 4
PHY 8990 Thesis 3
PHY 8000 Seminar 1
Elective 3
Total 11
   
Undergrad  Summary:  
WSU Core 42
Core Physics 24
Req. Physics 15
Related 26
specified Credits 107
   
Net Grad credits 21
Double Counted Graduate Credits 12
Total Graduate credits 33
   
Total Earned Credits for both degrees 141