Applied Physics and Engineering, MS

The combined MS program in applied physics and engineering allows graduate students to receive training in one of three concentrations of the electrical and computer engineering department while also receiving fundamental graduate-level physics training that is relevant to that area.

Thesis Option

A student may complete an additional 8 semester hours of thesis. Students may register for an additional two semesters of thesis work, Thesis (EECE 7990) (4 semester hours) or Thesis (PHYS 7990) (4 semester hours), depending on the affiliation of the thesis advisor.  A thesis committee is composed of an advisor and two faculty members from physics or electrical engineering.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Concentrations

Complete one of the following concentrations:

Microsystems, Materials, and Devices

Core Courses
EECE 7201Solid State Devices4
PHYS 7324Condensed Matter Physics4
Engineering Course Work
Complete 12 semester hours from the following:12
Micro- and Nanofabrication
Electric Drives
Energy Harvesting Systems
Applied Probability and Stochastic Processes
Analog Integrated Circuit Design
Advanced Solid State Devices
Integrated Circuits for Mixed Signals and Data Communication
Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)
Microwave Circuit Design for Wireless Communication
Design and Analysis of Digital Integrated Circuits
Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Design
VLSI Design
VLSI Architecture
Special Topics in Electronics, Semiconductor Devices, and Microfabrication
Microwave Properties of Materials
Optical Properties of Matter
Opto-electronics and Fiber Optics
Special Topics
Physics Course Work
Complete 12 semester hours from the following:12
Physics of Advanced Materials
Principles of Experimental Physics
Classical Mechanics/Math Methods
Electromagnetic Theory
Statistical Physics
Quantum Theory 1
Quantum Theory 2
Computational Physics
Network Science Data
Topics: Condensed Matter Physics

Electromagnetics, Plasma, and Optics

Core Courses
EECE 7203Complex Variable Theory and Differential Equations4
PHYS 7302Electromagnetic Theory4
Engineering Course Work
Complete 12 semester hours from the following:12
Biomedical Optics
Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Subsurface Imaging)
Optics for Engineers
Electromagnetic Theory 1
Microwave Circuit Design for Wireless Communication
Electromagnetic Theory 2
Computational Methods in Electromagnetics
Propagation in Artificial Structures
Antennas and Radiation
Microwave Properties of Materials
Optical Properties of Matter
Opto-electronics and Fiber Optics
Optical Detection
Modern Imaging
Special Topics in Electromagnetics, Plasma, and Optics
Physics Course Work
Complete 12 semester hours from the following:12
Principles of Experimental Physics
Statistical Physics
Quantum Theory 1
Quantum Theory 2
Computational Physics
Condensed Matter Physics
Biological Physics 1

 Analysis, Modeling, and Computation

Core Courses
EECE 7205Fundamentals of Computer Engineering4
PHYS 7321Computational Physics4
Engineering Course Work
Complete 12 semester hours from the following:12
Image Processing and Pattern Recognition
Computer Vision
High-Performance Computing
Data Visualization
Simulation and Performance Evaluation
Introduction to Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition
Fundamentals of Computer Engineering
Computational Methods in Electromagnetics
Pattern Recognition
Computer Architecture
VLSI Design
VLSI Architecture
Parallel Architecture for High-Performance Computing
Combinatorial Optimization
Fundamentals of Computer Networks
Operating Systems: Interface and Implementation
Physics Course Work
Complete 12 semester hours from the following:12
Complex Networks and Applications
Principles of Experimental Physics
Classical Mechanics/Math Methods
Statistical Physics
Network Science Data
Dynamical Processes in Complex Networks

Thesis Option

Students may register for an additional two semesters of thesis work, Thesis (EECE 7990) or Thesis (PHYS 7990) , depending on the affiliation of the thesis advisor. Thesis credits cannot be substituted for any of the course work listed above. This option requires a total of 40 semester hours for the master's degree.

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

32–40 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required