College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Department of Physics
(907) 4747339
www.uaf.edu/physics/
Minimum Requirements for Degree: 3033 Credits
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Computational modeling and
simulations have become powerful tools in many science disciplines. For
example, computational physics includes numerical modeling and computer simulations
for physical processes in Earth’s
upper atmosphere and space environment, and for complex (nonlinear)
biological and physical systems.
Computational physics requires
expertise in advanced computing environments, in the relevant mathematical
foundations and in the specific physics discipline. This M.S. degree
program is directed toward students with undergraduate academic backgrounds
in physics or other closely associated fields, such as engineering, that
have the appropriate physics course work. This degree is relevant for students
seeking careers in any areas that require expertise in the modeling and
simulation of physical systems.
Graduate Program—M.S. Degree
 Complete the following admissions requirements:
a. Complete a B.S. degree in physics.
b. Complete MATH 421 and 422.
 Complete the general
university requirements.
 Complete the master’s
degree requirements.
 Complete the
thesis or nonthesis requirements:
Thesis Option
a. Complete the following
PHYS 611—Mathematical Physics I 3 credits
PHYS 612—Mathematical Physics II 3 credits
PHYS 629—Methods of Numerical Simulation in Fluids and Plasma 3 credits
PHYS 699—Thesis 612 credits
b. Complete approved PHYS 600level courses 6 credits
c. Complete at least 3 credits from the following:
Approved MATH 600level courses (excluding MATH/PHYS 611 and 612) 3 credits
Approved CS 600level courses 3 credits
d. Minimum credits required* 30
* At least 24 credits must be from regular course work for thesis
option.
NonThesis Option
a. Complete the following
PHYS 611—Mathematical Physics I 3 credits
PHYS 612—Mathematical Physics II 3 credits
PHYS 629—Methods of Numerical Simulation in Fluids and Plasma
3 credits
PHYS 698—Research 36 credits
b. Complete approved PHYS 600level courses 9 credits
c. Complete at least 3 credits from the following:
Approved MATH 600level courses (excluding MATH/PHYS 611 and 612)
3 credits
Approved CS 600level courses 3 credits
d. Minimum credits required* 33
* At least 30 credits must be from regular course work
for nonthesis option.
