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Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Physics M.S.

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The graduate plan in Physics leads to the master of science (M.S.) degree at UHCL. The goal of this program is to prepare students for Ph.D. level work and advanced research in Physics and Astronomy. This program also serves to expand the knowledge base of practicing engineers. Students in this program gain better problem-solving abilities as well as increased knowledge of several aspects of Physics and Astronomy. The physics program provides students with a deeper understanding of the essential science used in many of the engineering disciplines and in the space industry.

Degree Requirements

Physics Basic Preparation

Applicants for candidacy should have a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in one of the physical sciences, mathematics or engineering disciplines. Applicants with other degrees may also apply if they meet the requirements listed below. Equivalent courses or appropriate substitutions will be determined in consultation with a faculty adviser. If background deficiencies exist, students may be required to take courses that will not apply toward the graduate degree.

Students should take the following courses (or equivalents) in preparation for the
program. (Note: PHYS 3311 and PHYS 3312 satisfy many of these requirements):

  • University Physics I and II with Laboratory
  • Modern Physics with Laboratory
  • Calculus I, II and III
  • Differential Equations
  • Complex Variables
  • Linear Algebra
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Intermediate Electromagnetism
  • Intermediate Mechanics
  • Quantum Theory
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Physics Core Requirements

Physics Core Requirements
The following 24 hours of graduate physics courses are required for both the thesis and extended course
work options.
PHYS 5331 Electrodynamics
Credit Hours: 3
PHYS 5311 Recitation for Electrodynamics
Credit Hours: 1
PHYS 5431 Classical Mechanics
Credit Hours: 3
PHYS 5411 Recitation for Classical Mechanics
Credit Hours: 1
PHYS 5531 Mathematical Methods I
Credit Hours: 3
PHYS 5511 Recitation for Mathematical Methods in Physics I
Credit Hours: 1
PHYS 5631 Quantum Mechanics I
Credit Hours: 3
PHYS 5611 Recitation for Quantum Mechanics I
Credit Hours: 1
PHYS 5632 Quantum Mechanics II
Credit Hours: 3
PHYS 5612 Recitation for Quantum Mechanics II
Credit Hours: 1
PHYS 5731 Statistical Mechanics
Credit Hours: 3
PHYS 5711 Recitation for Statistical Mechanics
Credit Hours: 1

Additional Information

PHYS 5632, PHYS 5612: (Not required for students completing the sub-plan in technical
management

Physics Advanced Electives

Advanced SCE courses that meet the needs of students' professional goals may be selected in
consultation with a faculty adviser.

Physics Thesis Option

Under the thesis option, a minimum of 24 hours of formal course work must be completed. In
addition, students must complete a minimum of six hours of PHYS 6939, Master's Thesis Research. A maximum of 12 hours of PHYS 6939 can be applied toward graduation requirements. Remaining course work for a total of 36 hours may come from additional formal courses.

Physics Non-Thesis Option

Under the non-thesis option, a minimum of 30 hours of formal course work must be completed. In addition, students must choose an adviser and complete three credit hours of Independent Research (PHYS 5739, PHYS 5939 or PHYS 6837) and three hours in the Research Project and Seminar Course (PHYS 6838). Students completing the specialization in Technical Management should take either PHYS 5739 or PHYS 6838.

Specialization Requirements

Technical Management Specialization
A good technical manager needs both an advanced broad-based technical background and insight into how to lead a team of people from different technical disciplines. Because physics is the scientific basis of all engineering, it can satisfy much of the broad-based technical requirement for a degree training technical managers. The physics core is complemented by a combination of systems engineering, engineering management and management courses in order to create a plan that provides both the technical background and the leadership training. This results in a unique new approach to training technical managers. Please note that students in this specialization are not required to take PHYS 5632/PHYS 5612. Students enrolled in the Technical Management Specialization should choose 4 courses from those shown below.
Engineering Management
EMGT 5130 New Business Development
Credit Hours: 3
EMGT 5131 Legal Issues in Engineering Management
Credit Hours: 3
EMGT 5231 Engineering Management Planning
Credit Hours: 3
EMGT 5430 Professional Project Management
Credit Hours: 3
EMGT 5530 Organizational Analysis and Management
Credit Hours: 3
EMGT 5531 Technology Planning and Management
Credit Hours: 3
Systems Engineering
SENG 5130 Systems Engineering Processes
Credit Hours: 3
SENG 5230 Systems Engineering Economics
Credit Hours: 3
SENG 5231 Concurrent Engineering
Credit Hours: 3
SENG 5330 Risk Management
Credit Hours: 3
SENG 5332 Decision Analysis for Systems Engineering
Credit Hours: 3
SENG 5532 Advanced Decision Analysis for Systems Engineering
Credit Hours: 3
Management
MGMT 5032 Human Behavior in Organizations
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5133 Teamwork and Leadership Skills: Theory in Practice
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5233 Entrepreneurship and Corporate Venturing
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5636 Management of Technology
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5638 Leading Technology
Credit Hours: 3