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Prof. Kevin B. Smith

Associate Chairs:


Prof. Dragoslav Grbovic


Prof. Joseph Hooper

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Department of Physics
Spanagel Hall, Room 203
833 Dyer Road
Monterey, CA 93943-5216
(831) 656-2145
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Mission Statement

Master of Science in Physics

A candidate for the Master of Science in Physics degree must satisfactorily complete a program of study that includes a minimum of 30 quarter-hours of physics courses (not including thesis) distributed among courses at the graduate (3000 or 4000) level; of these 30 hours at least 15 hours must be at the 4000 level. Upon approval of the Chairman of the Physics Department, a maximum of 4 hours of courses taken in another department may be applied toward satisfying the above requirements. In lieu of the preceding requirements, students who are qualified to pursue graduate courses in physics when they arrive at the Naval Postgraduate School may complete a minimum of 20 hours entirely of 4000 level physics courses. In addition, all students must satisfy the general Postgraduate School minimum requirements for the master's degree and present an acceptable thesis advised by a member of the Physics Department. The following specific course requirements (or equivalent) must be successfully completed for a student to earn the Master of Science in Physics degree:

Quarter 1
Quarter 2
PH1994(4-1)Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers I PH1322(4-2)Electricity and Magnetism
PH1995(4-1)Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers II PH2151(4-1)Particle Mechanics
PH1121(4-2)Mechanics PH3991(4-0)Theoretical Physics
PC2911(4-3)Introduction to Computational Physics PH2724(4-0)Thermodynamics
    PH2001(1-0)Research Seminar in Physics
Quarter 3
Quarter 4
PH2652(4-1)Modern Physics PH3292(4-2)Applied Optics
PH3152(4-0)Mechanics of Physical Systems PH3655(4-0)Solid State Physics
PH2351(4-2)Electromagnetism PH3352(4-0)Electromagnetic Waves
PC2013(4-3)Introductory Applied Physics Laboratory PC3014(3-4)Intermediate Applied Physics Laboratory
PH0999(0-1)Physics Colloquium PH0999(0-1)Physics Colloquium
Quarter 5
Quarter 6
PC3172(4-1)Physics of Weapon Systems: Fluid Dynamics of Weapons, Shock Waves, Explosions NW3230(4-2)Strategy and Policy
PH4656(4-0)Quantum Mechanics Concentration Course PC3400(4-2)Survey of Underwater Acoustics
PC4015(4-3)Advanced Applied Physics Laboratory PC4862(4-0)Advanced Weapon Concepts Concentration Course
PH0999(0-1)Physics Colloquium PH0810(0-8)Thesis Research
    PH0999(0-1)Physics Colloquium
Quarter 7
Quarter 8
  Concentration Course PC3200(4-1)Physics of Electromagnetic Sensors and Photonic Devices
  Concentration Course PC4022(3-0)Combat Systems Capabilities
PC3800(4-0)Survey of the Effects of Weapons PH0810(0-8)Thesis Research
PH0810(0-8)Thesis Research PH0810(0-8)Thesis Research
PH0999(0-1)Physics Colloquium PH4001(1-0)Physics Thesis Presentation


Analytical Mechanics
PH3352Electromagnetic Waves
PH3991Theoretical Physics
PH3782Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics.
PH4353Topics in Advanced Electricity and Magnetism

Quantum Mechanics

In addition to the above, a graduate sequence containing at least two physics courses, at least one of which must be at the 4000 level. All programs leading to the degree Master of Science in Physics must be approved by the Chairman of the Department of Physics.


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