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 Physics


Department of Science

School of Sciences and Engineering

Professors: S. Arafa, F. Assabghy, M.Gaafar, H. Omar

Associate Professors: A. El Fiqi (Chair), A. Shaarawi

Assistant Professors: T. Hassanein, R. Singleton

Master of Science in Physics

The Master of Science program in physics provides, along with a deep and solid foundation in basic physics, theoretical and experimental skills that are transferable to many professions besides the traditional physics research careers. These skills, acquired within the main stream of study in theoretical and condensed matter physics, include mathematical modeling, instrumentation and experiment design, and general laboratory and research techniques.

A total of 32 credit hours is required for the Master of Science degree. This consists of 24 credit hours of courses and 8 credit hours of thesis work. In addition, all students are required to pass a written qualifying examination that should be taken after successful completion of 18 credit hours. The exam covers topics of basic physics at the level of the first year of graduate work and can not be taken more than twice.

Admission

A Bachelor's degree in physics or a related field, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0, is required for admission into the physics master's program. Admission is also subject to the general university requirements for the graduate program. For those students whose grade records indicate promising ability, but whom otherwise did not have the availability of an adequate preparation in physics, admission may be granted under the requirement that remedial courses will be taken.

Courses (24 credit hours)

The program of study is planned with the faculty advisor; and should include 6 credit hours of core courses, 12 credit hours chosen from the concentration courses, and 6 credit hours of physics electives.

Core Courses (6 credit hours)

PHYS

529

Computational Physics

 

550

Advanced Materials and Techniques

 


Concentration Courses (12 credit hours)
To be chosen from the following courses, after consultation with advisor:

PHYS

503

Introduction to Solids

 

505

Mathematical Physics

 

511

Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics II

 

513

Theory of Solids

 

521

Quantum Mechanics II

 

522

Classical Electrodynamics

 


Physics electives (6 credit hours)

PHYS

523

Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Solids

 

541

Quantum Many-body Theory

 

543

Diffraction Methods in Materials Sciences

 

551

Advanced Topics in Solids

 

561

Independent Studies in Solids

 


Thesis (8 credit hours)

Each student must submit a thesis topic that has been approved by a faculty supervisor, normally after acquiring 12 credit hours of course work. Since, various research topics are addressed in a sequence of two seminar courses, the student must register for the first (PHYS 590) before submitting a thesis topic while the second (PHYS 591) must be taken during the execution of the thesis research. To ensure adequate faculty consultation, two semesters of the graduate thesis course (PHYS 599) are required.

 

PHYS

590

Graduate Seminar I

 

591

Graduate Seminar II

 

599

Research Guidance and Thesis

 


Graduate Diploma in Physics

The graduate diploma in physics is directed at providing the student with advanced background in areas such as computational physics, mathematical modeling, laboratory techniques, instrumentation, experimental design, and research techniques. A total of 18 credit hours (6 courses) is required for the diploma.

Admission

Admission requirements are the same as those for the M. Sc program.

Courses(18 credits)

The courses may be selected from the 500-level physics courses. No more than two 400-level courses, not previously taken, may be considered for credit. Successfully completed 500-level courses in the diploma program will fulfill master's degree requirements should the student subsequently be admitted into the master's degree program. The diploma program may be completed in one academic year, and no thesis or qualifying examination is required.

Physics Courses (PHYS)

 

 CourseNumber CourseTitle

503

Introduction To Solids

505

Mathematical Physics

511

Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

513

Theory of Solids

521

Quantum Mechanics II

522

Classical Electrodynamics

523

Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Solids

529

Computational Physics

541

Quantum Many-Body Theory

543

Diffraction Methods in Materials Science

550

Advanced Materials and Techniques

551

Advanced Topics in Solids

561

Independent Studies in Solids

590

Graduate Seminar I

591

Graduate Seminar II

599

Research Guidance and Thesis

 

 

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