Physics, Computational

College of Natural Science and Mathematics
Department of Physics
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M.S. Degree

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Minimum Requirements for Degree: 30 - 33 Credits

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 (non-linear) 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

  1. Complete the following admissions requirements:
    1. Complete a B.S. degree in physics.
    2. Complete MATH F421 and MATH F422.
  2. Complete the general university requirements.
  3. Complete the master's degree requirements.
  4. Complete the thesis or non-thesis requirements:
    Thesis Option
    1. Complete the following
      PHYS F611--Mathematical Physics I--3 credits
      PHYS F612--Mathematical Physics II--3 credits
      PHYS F629--Methods of Numerical Simulation in Fluids and Plasma--3 credits
      PHYS F699--Thesis--6 - 12 credits
    2. Complete approved PHYS F600-level courses--6 credits
    3. Complete at least 3 credits from the following:
      Approved MATH F600-level courses (excluding MATH/PHYS F611 and F612)--3 credits
      Approved CS F600-level courses--3 credits
    4. Minimum credits required*--30 credits
      * At least 24 credits must be from regular course work for thesis option.
    Non-Thesis Option
    1. Complete the following
      PHYS F611--Mathematical Physics I--3 credits
      PHYS F612--Mathematical Physics II--3 credits
      PHYS F629--Methods of Numerical Simulation in Fluids and Plasma--3 credits
      PHYS F698--Research--3 - 6 credits
    2. Complete approved PHYS F600-level courses--9 credits
    3. Complete at least 3 credits from the following:
      Approved MATH F600-level courses (excluding MATH/PHYS F611 and F612)--3 credits
      Approved CS F600-level courses--3 credits
    4. Minimum credits required*--33 credits
      * At least 30 credits must be from regular course work for non-thesis option.

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