For each degree, the student must fulfill the University requirements set forth in the catalog under which he/she entered. The semester hour requirements may be fulfilled both by classroom hours and research hours. A total of nine onesemester graduate level courses is required for the Master's Degree in Applied Physics; a "core" of four courses is required of all students. The Applied Physics Committee may waive some course requirements for students who demonstrate a thorough knowledge of material in one or more core/elective course(s). The student will normally be expected to complete the course requirements in three semesters and maintain a minimum grade of a B in core courses with an overall B average for all courses taken. The current list of courses is shown below, and is updated regularly upon approval of the Applied Physics Committee and the participating departments. Effective Fall, 2002, any student who receives a grade of "C+" or lower in any course is required to repeat the class. For more details, see the Applied Physics Graduate Student Handbook.
Each student's curriculum, research, and thesis topics receive individual consideration by the Applied Physics Committee and must be approved. Most APP students defend for a Master's degree and continue on to become candidates for the Ph.D. Please note that all courses are not offered every year or semester.
UNIV 594, "Responsible Conduct of Research": Any Applied Physics students planning on Biophysics, Biochemistry, or Bioengineering research should registrar for UNIV 594 during their first semester. All other Applied Physics students are not required to sign up but are encouraged to take this course as well.
Core Courses: 4 Required Students can choose 4 of the 9 listed, depending on their research, to fulfill this requirement. Any taken beyond the first 4 will count as electives. 

Quantum Mechanics  PHYS 521 or CHEM 530 
Statistical Physics  PHYS 526 or CHEM 520 or CHBE 540 
Classical Mechanics  PHYS 515 
Electrodynamics  PHYS 532 
Fluid Mechanics  CHBE 501 
Heat and Mass Transport  CHBE 502 
Mathematical Methods  PHYS 516 
Physical Biology  BIOE 502 
Solid State Physics  PHYS 563 
It is assumed that the student has an adequate background in Classical Mechanics, Electrostatistics, and Statistical and Thermal Physics. This background is determined from interviews or exams given to entering students by the APCAC or the host department.
Approved Electives (5 Required) 

Microbiology & Biotechnology  BIOC 524 
Molecular Biophysics  BIOC 551 
Computational Molecular Bioengineering/Biophysics  BIOC 589/BIOE 589 
Physical Biology  BIOE 502 
Synthetic Biology  BIOE 508 
Biophotonics Instrumentation and Applications  BIOE 512 
Introductory Computational System Biology: Modeling & Design Principles of Biochem Networks  BIOE 552 
Lasers in Medicine and Bioengineering  BIOE 584 
Optical Imaging and Nanobiophotonics  BIOE 587 
Computational Molecular Bioengineering/Biophysics  BIOE 589/BIOC 589 
Methods of Molecular Simulation  BIOE 610/PHYS 610 
Advanced Biophotonics  BIOE 684 
Computational Science I  CAAM 519 
Theoretical Neuroscience I; Biophysical Modeling of Cells and Circuits  CAAM 615 
Computational Nanoscience  CEVE 538/MSNE 538 
Fluid Mechanics  CHBE 501 
Heat and Mass Transport  CHBE 502 
Statistical Physics

CHBE 540 
Colloidal and Interfacial Phenomena  CHBE 560 
Kinetics, Catalysis and Reaction Engineering  CHBE 590 
Polymer Synthesis, Soft materials and Nanocomposites  CHBE 597/CHEM 597/MSNE 597 
PhysicoChemical Hydrodynamics  CHBE 602 
Rheology  CHBE 603 
Applications of Molecular Simulations and Statistical Mechanics  CHBE 615 
Chemical Engineering of Nanostructured Materials  CHBE 630 
Spectral Methods in Organic Chemistry  CHEM 511 
Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics  CHEM 515 
Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics  CHEM 520 
Quantum Mechanics I/Quantum Chemistry  CHEM 530 
Quantum Mechanics II/Quantum Chemistry  CHEM 531 
Nanoscience & Nanotechnology I  CHEM 533 
Supramolecular Chemistry  CHEM 547 
Chemical Physics of Condensed and Biological Matter  CHEM 550 
Nanocarbons  CHEM 557 
Nanocrystals  CHEM 558 
Polymer Synthesis, Soft materials and Nanocomposites  CHEM 597/CHBE 597/MSNE 597 
Transition Metal Chemistry  CHEM 595 
Molecular Spectroscopy & Group Theory  CHEM 630 
Nanophotonics, Spectroscopy, and Materials for Sustainability  CHEM 661/ELEC 661/MSNE 661 
Integrated & Fiber Optics  ELEC 560 
Optoelectronic Devices  ELEC 562 
Lasers and Photonics  ELEC 563 
Introduction to Solid State Physics II  ELEC 564/PHYS 564 
Materials for Energy & Photocatalysis  ELEC 565 
Nanophotonics & Metamaterials  ELEC 566 
NanoOptics  ELEC 567 
Laser Spectroscopy  ELEC 568 
Ultrafast Optical Phenomena  ELEC 569/PHYS 569 
Imaging at the Nanoscale  ELEC 571 
Photonic Devices & Circuits  ELEC 572 
Optical Spectroscopy of Nanomaterials  ELEC 573 
Computational Neuroscience and Neural Engineering  ELEC 581 
Fundamentals of Medical Imaging  ELEC 585 
Optics  ELEC 591 
Topics in Quantum Optics (Nonlinear Optics)  ELEC 592 
Topics in Nanophotonics  ELEC 603 
NanoOptics  ELEC 604 
Computational Electrodynamics and Nanophotonics  ELEC 605/PHYS 605 
Thin Films  ELEC 645/MSNE 645 
Nanophotonics, Spectroscopy, and Materials for Sustainability  ELEC 661/CHEM 661/MSNE 661 
NanoNeurotechnology  ELEC 680 
Seminar Topics in Nanotechnology  ELEC 691 
Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis  MECH 520 
Applied Monte Carlo Analysis  MECH 679 
Convective Heat Transfer  MECH 682 
Radiative Heat Transfer I  MECH 683 
Radiative Heat Transfer II  MECH 684 
Mechanical Properties of Materials  MSNE 502 
Thermodynamics & Transport Phenomena in Materials Science  MSNE 503 
Scaling Concepts in Materials  MSNE 510 
Properties, Synthesis, and Design of Composite Materials  MSNE 523 
Computational Neuroscience and Neural Engineering  MSNE 533 
Crystallography and Diffraction  MSNE 535 
Computational Nanoscience  MSNE 538/CEVE 538 
Materials in Nature and Biometic Strategies  MSNE 555 
Microscopy Methods  MSNE 580 
Polymer Synthesis, Soft materials and Nanocomposites  MSNE 597/CHBE 597/CHEM 597 
Crystal Thermodynamics  MSNE 610 
Principles of Nanoscale Mechanics  MSNE 614 
Thin Film Failure Analysis, Measurement & Reliability  MSNE 615 
Spectroscopy: Tools in Materials Science  MSNE 623 
Thermodynamics of Alloys  MSNE 634 
Transformation of Alloys  MSNE 635 
Thin Films  MSNE 645/ELEC 645 
Nanomaterials and Nanomechanics  MSNE 650 
Nanophotonics, Spectroscopy, and Materials for Sustainability  MSNE 661/CHEM 661/ELEC 661 
Conduction Phenomena in Solids  MSNE 666 
Introduction to Plasma Physics  PHYS 480 
Ionospheric Physics  PHYS 512 
Classical Mechanics  PHYS 515 
Mathematical Methods  PHYS 516 
Computational Methods  PHYS 517 
Quantum Mechanics I  PHYS 521 
Quantum Mechanics II  PHYS 522 
Statistical Physics  PHYS 526 
Electrodynamics  PHYS 532 
Nanostructures and Nanotechnology I  PHYS 533 
Nanostructures and Nanotechnology II  PHYS 534 
Methods of Experimental Physics I  PHYS 537 
Methods of Experimental Physics II  PHYS 538 
Characterization and Fabrication at the Nanoscale  PHYS 539 
Biological Physics  PHYS 551 
Topics in Biological Physics  PHYS 552 
Solid State Physics  PHYS 563 
Introduction to Solid State Physics II  PHYS 564/ELEC 564 
Surface Physics  PHYS 566 
Quantum Materials  PHYS 567 
Quantum Phase Transition  PHYS 568 
Ultrafast Optics  PHYS 569/ELEC 569 
Modern Atomic Physics and Quantum Optics  PHYS 571 
Fundamentals of Quantum Optics  PHYS 572 
Computational Electrodynamics and Nanophotonics  PHYS 605/ELEC 605 
Biological & Molecular Simulation  PHYS 610/BIOE 610 
Condensed Matter Theory: Applications  PHYS 663 
Condensed Matter Theory: ManyBody Formalism  PHYS 664 
No courses may be used for both core and elective courses. Due to overlap of curricula, only one from each of the pairs PHYS 521/CHEM 530, and PHYS 526/CHEM 520/CHBE 540 may be used for the nine required courses.
NOTE: For any electives not on this list, the approval of the Applied Physics Chair and/or the Graduate Committee will be required. MSNE 506 will not be accepted as an approved elective.