The total number of credits required to complete the program is 43.
The following courses are required of all candidates for the MS in Photonics.
1. PHYS 626 Applied Quantum Mechanics* 4 hr.; 4 cr.
2. PHYS 616 Applied Electrodynamics 4 hr.; 4 cr.
3. PHYS 637 Modern Optics 4 hr.; 4 cr.
4. PHYS 672 Photonics Laboratory 4 hr.; 2 cr.
5. PHYS 661 Computational Methods in Physics 4 hr.; 4 cr.
6. PHYS 621 Optoelectronics 3 hr.; 3 cr.
7. PHYS 646 Physics of Semiconductors 4 hr.; 4 cr.
8. PHYS 620 Research and Writing in Physical Disciplines 3 hr.; 3 cr.
9. PHYS 699 Introduction to Management of Scientific and Engineering Projects 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Total required credits: 31
*Students with sufficient undergraduate background in quantum mechanics can test out of this course and instead take one of the elective courses bearing the same (4) number of credits. The proficiency exam in Quantum Mechanics will be given during the week before the start of the fall semester. The exact date and place of the exam will be posted on the website of the department.
Students must select one of the elective laboratory courses:
PHYS 671 Modern Physics Laboratory 4 hr.; 2 cr.
PHYS 673 Microwave instrumentation laboratory 4 hr.; 2 cr.
PHYS 771, 772,773 Graduate Laboratory (2 credits each, up to 6 credits)
Minimum number of elective laboratory credits 2
MS in Photonics candidates must select one of the elective technology courses:
PHYS 675 Intro to Nano and Microfabrication 4 hr.; 4 cr.
PHYS 676 Foundation of Growth Techniques 4 hr.; 4 cr.
PHYS 623 Principles of Telecommunications 4 hr. ; 4 cr.
PHYS 622 Physics of lasers 4 hr.; 4 cr.
Minimum number of technology credits 4
Candidates for MS in Photonics who do not have a prior or current experience in relevant industries must take at least one industrial internship course for a minimum of 2 credits.
Candidates who do have relevant industrial experience might substitute industrial internship for a different elective laboratory course.
The relevance of the work experience is determined by the department.
Minimum number of internship credits 2
Candidates for MS in Photonics must complete and defend a final project, which can be done working individually or in groups up to 3 students by registering in their final semester for the PHYS 798 Thesis course bearing 4 credits.
The suggested sequence of courses, which would take a student toward successful graduation in two years can be found here