Graduate School Required Courses

No grade of D or F is allowed on a used course (by CAPP) and no more than two grades of C or lower are allowed on all graduate courses taken while in the program.  A student may retake a course, but only one retake is allowed while in the program.  Both grades will be included in the GPA calculation.  No more than one grade of D or F is allowed on all graduate courses taken while in the program.  A retake is not allowed if this occurs.

Thesis MS

Minimum of 24 graduate course work credit hours (8 courses).  Minimum of 6 credit hours of thesis research (PH 8000).

Required courses

  • PH 8233 Methods of Theoretical Physics I
  • PH 8743 Quantum Mechanics I

and any 2 of the following 3 courses:

  • PH 8213 Mechanics
  • PH 8243 Methods of Theoretical Physics II
  • PH 8313 Electromagnetic Theory I

Non-Thesis MS

Minimum of 30 graduate course work credit hours (10 courses).  Research hours not required.

Required courses

  • PH 8213 Mechanics
  • PH 8233 Methods of Theoretical Physics I
  • PH 8243 Methods of Theoretical Physics II
  • PH 8313 Electromagnetic Theory I
  • PH 8743 Quantum Mechanics I
  • PH 8753 Quantum Mechanics II

Highly recommended course:

  • PH 6333 Electromagnetic Fields II

The topics for the written preliminary exams are covered in these courses.

PhD

Required courses

  • PH 8213 Mechanics
  • PH 8233 Methods of Theoretical Physics I
  • PH 8243 Methods of Theoretical Physics II
  • PH 8313 Electromagnetic Theory I
  • PH 8743 Quantum Mechanics I
  • PH 8753 Quantum Mechanics II

Highly recommended course:

  • PH 6333 Electromagnetic Fields II

The topics for the written preliminary exams are covered in these courses.

Courses taken at MSU in the MS program may be used again in the PhD program.

Minimum of 20 credit hours of dissertation research (PH 9000).
Minimum of 24 graduate course work credit hours (this includes the 18 hours of required courses). 
An additional 10 graduate credit hours is required, which may be any combination of dissertation research (PH 9000) and course work credit hours.

Advanced Course Rotation

                      Each Fall        Each Spring    Odd-year Spring     Even-year Spring        Odd-year Fall        Even-year Fall
JR/SR Level:      3613             4143/6143      3063                         4513/6513                   4433/6433           4813/6813
                          4113/6113   4152/6152      4413/6413               4613/6613  
                          4213/6213   4223/6223      
                          4323/6323   4333/6333      
                          4713/6713   4723/6723

Each Fall     Each Spring      Odd-year Spring       Even-year Spring        Odd-year Fall         Even-year Fall
8233             8213                   8813                                  8513                              8803                            8613
8313             8243        
8743             8753