Degrees and Programs
Physics
College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Department of Physics
(907) 4747339
Degrees: B.A., B.S., M.S., M.A.T., Ph.D.
Minimum Requirements for Degrees: B.A.: 130 credits; B.S.: 130 credits; M.S.: 3033 credits; M.A.T.: 36 credits; Ph.D.: 18 thesis credits
The science of physics is concerned with the nature of matter and energy and encompasses all phenomena in the physical world from elementary particles to the structure and origin of the universe. Physics provides, together with mathematics and chemistry, the foundation of work in all fields of physical science and engineering, and contributes to other fields such as biology and medicine.
The undergraduate curriculum provides a solid foundation in general physics with emphasis on its experimental aspects. A student completing this curriculum should be prepared for careers in education and industry, and for advanced work in the fields of physics, applied physics and related sciences.
The M.S., M.A.T., and Ph.D. degrees are offered in physics, space physics and general science.
Graduate work is offered in various areas of physics and applied physics including many of the research areas found in the UAF Geophysical Institute. Faculty and student research programs currently emphasize investigation of auroral, ionospheric, magnetospheric and space plasma physics, the physics and chemistry of the upper and middle atmosphere, radio wave propagation and scattering, solarterrestrial relations, condensed matter physics and polar meteorology.
Teaching and research assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Contact the department or individual faculty members for more information.
The physics department is responsible for the physics, space physics and the general science programs. See computational physics and space physics programs for more information on degree requirements in these disciplines.
Major
Physics  B.A. Degree
1. Complete the general university requirements.
2. Complete the B.A. degree requirements.
3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:
a. Complete the following:*
 PHYS 113  Concepts of Physics (1 credit)
 PHYS 211X  General Physics (4 credits)
 PHYS 212X  General Physics (4 credits)
 PHYS 213X  Elementary Modern Physics (4 credits)
 PHYS approved electives (20 credits)
b. Complete the following:
 MATH 200X  Calculus** (4 credits)
 MATH 201X  Calculus** (4 credits)
 MATH 202X  Calculus (4 credits)
 MATH electives at the 300level or above (6 credits)
4. Minimum credits required (130 credits)
* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
** Satisfies core curriculum or B.A. degree requirements, but not both.
Physics  B.S. Degree
1. Complete the general university requirements. (As part of the core curriculum requirements, these courses are suggested: CHEM 105X and CHEM 106X; GEOS 101X; BIOL 105X.)
2. Complete the B.S. degree requirements.
3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
 PHYS 113  Concepts of Physics (1 credit)
 PHYS 211X  General Physics (4 credits)
 PHYS 212X  General Physics (4 credits)
 PHYS 213X  Elementary Modern Physics (4 credits)
 PHYS 311  Mechanics (4 credits)
 PHYS 312  Mechanics (4 credits)
 PHYS 313  Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics (4 credits)
 PHYS 331  Electricity and Magnetism (3 credits)
 PHYS 332  Electricity and Magnetism (3 credits)
 PHYS 381W,O  Physics Laboratory (3 credits)
 PHYS 382W  Physics Laboratory (3 credits)
 PHYS 411  Modern Physics (4 credits)
 PHYS 412  Modern Physics (4 credits)
 PHYS 445  Solid State Physics and Physical Electronics (4 credits)
 PHYS 462  Geometrical and Physical Optics (4 credits)
4. Complete the following program (major) requirements:
 MATH 200X  Calculus** (4 credits)
 MATH 201X  Calculus** (4 credits)
 MATH 202X  Calculus (4 credits)
 MATH 302  Differential Equations (3 credits)
 MATH electives at the 300level or above*** (9 credits)
5. Minimum credits required (130 credits)
* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
** Satisfies core curriculum or B.S. degree requirements, but not both.
*** Suggested electives: MATH 314, 421 and 422.
Note: Other courses suggested to fulfill minimum credit requirements: ES 201, 307 and 308.
1. Complete the following:
 PHYS 103X104X  College Physics (8)
or PHYS 211X212X  General Physics (8) (8 credits)
2. Complete the following:
 PHYS 213X  Elementary Modern Physics (4 credits)
 Electives at the 300 400level (8 credits)
3. Minimum credits required (20 credits)
Graduate Program
Physics  M.S. Degree
1. Complete the general university requirements.
2. Complete the master's degree requirements.
3. Complete the thesis or nonthesis requirements:
a. Complete the following:
 PHYS 699  Thesis (612 credits)
b. Complete 4 of the following:
 PHYS 611  Mathematical Physics (3 credits)
 PHYS 612  Mathematical Physics (3 credits)
 PHYS 621  Classical Mechanics (3 credits)
 PHYS 622  Statistical Mechanics (3 credits)
 PHYS 631  Electromagnetic Theory (3 credits)
 PHYS 632  Electromagnetic Theory (3 credits)
 PHYS 651  Quantum Mechanics (3 credits)
 PHYS 652  Quantum Mechanics (3 credits)
c. Complete 12 credits from the following:
 Approved PHYS 600level courses
 Approved ATM 600level courses
d. Minimum credits required (30 credits)
NonThesis
a. Complete the following:
 PHYS 698  Research (36 credits)
 Approved courses (18 credits)
b. Complete 4 of the following:
 PHYS 611  Mathematical Physics (3 credits)
 PHYS 612  Mathematical Physics (3 credits)
 PHYS 621  Classical Mechanics (3 credits)
 PHYS 622  Statistical Mechanics (3 credits)
 PHYS 631  Electromagnetic Theory (3 credits)
 PHYS 632  Electromagnetic Theory (3 credits)
 PHYS 651  Quantum Mechanics (3 credits)
 PHYS 652  Quantum Mechanics (3 credits)
c. Minimum credits required* (33 credits)
* At least 30 credits must be regular coursework.
Physics  M.A.T. Degree
1. Complete the general university requirements.
2. Complete the M.A.T. degree requirements.
3. Contact the department head for specific degree requirements.
4. Minimum credits required (36 credits)
Physics  Ph.D. Degree
1. Complete the general university requirements.
2. Complete the Ph.D. degree requirements.*
3. Minimum credits required (18 credits)
* Demonstrate competency in a foreign language or a research tool.
See Applied Physics. See Computational Physics. See General Science. See Space Physics.
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