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Professional Science Masters in Physics - Nano-science for Industrial Materials

Professionals with technical degrees in physics, chemistry, mathematics or engineering are the target audience for this degree. The PSM in Nano-science for Industrial Materials will provide the graduate with preparation to move into management prositions within a company. This professional degree will include an industrial internship where the student will work with academic faculty and industry leaders to give the student practical experience in solving problems in technological business.

Program Requirements

I. Major must take two 600 level and two 500 level courses

A. Required Courses 12 cr. (selected from)


PHYS 520 Advanced Laboratory Practice 3 cr.
PHYS 531 Modern Physics 3 cr.
PHYS 545 Optics 3 cr.
PHYS 551 Electricity and Magnetism 3 cr.
PHYS 555 Computer Interfacing 3 cr.
PHYS 575 Physics of Semiconductor Devices 3 cr
PHYS 657 Solid State Theory 3 cr.
PHYS 658 Physics and Applications of Industrial Materials 3 cr.

B. Electives (3 - 6 cr.)

The student, with the advice and approval of the advisor, may select electives from Physics, Chemistry, or Mathematics. PHYS 690: Research Problems in Physics can provide a maximum of six semester hours towards the 30 semester hours necessary for the degree.

II. Professional Development Courses (6 - 9 cr.)

The student, with the advice and approval of the advisor, is required to complete a minimum of six semester hours of non-science graduate level courses (500 - 600 level) from the Business and Information Technology.

III. Research Experience and Internship (6 cr.)

A. PHYS 799 Internship Expereience (4 cr.)

Students in the PSM program take 3-6 months internship. The Graduate PSM Coordinator provides guidance in exploring and selecting Internship sites. The student must formally initiate paperwork for the Internship with an Industry Supervisor. The internship may be completed in part in a laboratory at the univeristy with the approval of the industry supervisor and the graduate coordinator. The internship experience must lead to an acceptable written report, approved by the students' academic and industry supervisory committees. The student must present the results of experiences at a seminar open to all graduate students, faculty members and the member of the sponsoring company.

B. PHYS 600 Method of Research in Physics (2 cr.)

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