College of Natural Science 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 ProgramM.S. Degree
 Complete the following admissions requirements:
 Complete a B.S. degree in physics.
 Complete MATH 421 and 422.
 Complete the general
university requirements.
 Complete the master's degree requirements.
 Complete the thesis or nonthesis requirements:
Thesis Option
 Complete the following
PHYS 611Mathematical Physics I 3 credits
PHYS 612Mathematical Physics II 3 credits
PHYS 629Methods of Numerical Simulation in Fluids and Plasma 3 credits
PHYS 699Thesis 612
 Complete approved PHYS 600level courses 6 credits
 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
 Minimum credits required* 30 credits
* At least 24 credits must be from regular course work for thesis option.
NonThesis Option
 Complete the following
PHYS 611Mathematical Physics I 3 credits
PHYS 612Mathematical Physics II 3 credits
PHYS 629Methods of Numerical Simulation in Fluids and Plasma 3 credits
PHYS 698Research 36
 Complete approved PHYS 600level courses 9 credits
 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
 Minimum credits required* 33 credits
* At least 30 credits must be from regular course work for nonthesis option.
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