2004-2005 UAF Catalog  

Physics

College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Department of Physics
(907) 474-7339
www.uaf.edu/physics/

B.A., B.S., M.S., M.A.T., Ph.D. Degrees

Minimum Requirements for Degrees: M.S.: 30-33 credits; M.A.T.: 36 credits; Ph.D.: 18 thesis credits

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The science of physics is concerned with the nature of matter and energy in all physical systems, from elementary particles to the structure and origin of the universe. Physics, together with mathematics and chemistry, provides the foundation for work in all fields of the physical sciences and engineering, and contributes greatly to other disciplines such as the biosciences and medicine.

Advanced study at the graduate level is offered in various areas of physics and applied physics, including many of the research specialties found at the UAF’s Geophysical Institute. Faculty and student research programs currently emphasize investigations of auroral, ionospheric, magnetospheric and space plasma physics, the physics and chemistry of the upper and middle atmosphere, radio-wave propagation and scattering, solar-terrestrial relations, condensed matter physics, complex dynamics of non-linear systems, ice physics and infrasonics.

The physics department is also responsible for the graduate degree programs in general science, computational physics and space physics. These programs are also described in this catalog.

Graduate Program—M.S. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the master’s degree requirements.
  3. Complete the thesis or non-thesis requirements:

    Thesis
    a. Complete the following:

    PHYS 699—Thesis 6-12 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 600-level courses

    Approved ATM 600-level courses

    d. Minimum credits required 30

    Non-Thesis
    a. Complete the following:

    PHYS 698—Research 3-6 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

* At least 30 credits must be regular course work.

Graduate Program—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

Graduate Program—Ph.D. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the Ph.D. degree requirements.*
  3. Minimum credits required 18

* Demonstrate competency in a foreign language or a research tool.

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