Graduate Physics Courses

Group 1- Core

Class Number
Class Description
 Credits
 PHYS7001  Mathematical Physics

4

 PHYS7002  Statistical Physics

4

 PHYS7005  Classical Particles and Fields I

4

 PHYS7006  Classical Particles and Fields II

4

 PHYS7010  Quantum Mechanics I

4

 PHYS7011  Quantum Mechanics II

4

All graduate students who receive a degree from UC's Physics Department must complete the entire set of graduate core courses, which are ordinarily taken in the first year. Waivers for one or more of these courses may be approved by the Graduate Program Director based on background (and/or Qualifying Exam performance) prior to starting at UC.

Group 2- Seminar

Class Number
Class Description
 Credits
 PHYS8090  Colloquium

1

 PHYS8091  Advanced Seminar

1

All graduate physics students must enroll in the Colloquium as a course and are required to attend regularly. Full-time physics graduate students are also expected to register for any appropriate Advanced Seminar. These courses may be taken for credit or may be audited, as determined by the student's advisor in consultation with the department’s Director of Graduate Studies.

Group 3- Research

Class Number
Class Description
 Credits
 HYS8072R  Master’s Research

1-12

 PHYS8071R  Doctoral Research

1-12

Research courses are repeatable, which means credit accumulates each term. Usually, the credit in any one term is chosen so that the student's total graded credits equal 12. Most students earn more than the minimum required to earn a degree.

In the physics department, a student receives a P grade or (in the case of a student who has passed the oral exam but is not yet in last term of registration) an SP grade.

For a thesis Master's of Science degree, the minimum requirement is 6 semester credits of PHYS8072.

For a coursework Master's, no Research credits are required.

For a doctorate, 10 semester credits of PHYS9071 are required.

Group 4- Specialization

Class Number
Class Description
 Credits
 PHYS8025  Astrophysics I

3

 PHYS8026  Astrophysics II

3

 PHYS8010  Field Theory I

3

 PHYS8011  Field Theory II

3

 PHYS8015  Particle Physics I

3

 PHYS8016  Particle Physics II

3

 PHYS8030  Advanced Statistical Physics

3

 PHYS8031  Many Body Theory

3

 PHYS8035  Condensed Matter Physics I

3

 PHYS8036  Condensed Matter Physics II

3

 PHYS8038  Experimental Methods in CM

3

   Special Topics, offered according to  demand and instructor availability

3

   Physics-related graduate lecture  courses in other departments as  approved by Graduate Program  Director and Advisor.

3-4

Thesis MS students need not take specialization courses.

Coursework MS requirements include 2 of these.

Doctoral students take 6 specialization courses, including 2 outside his/her research field

Group 5- Elective

Class Number
Class Description
 Credits
 PHYS60XX  Any 6000-level course  
 PHYS8054  Education Seminar
 (Probably 1 credit)

1-12

 PHYS8071  Advanced Problems

1-12

   Non-physics related
 graduate courses
 

These courses may be taken for graduate credit, but are not part of a particular physics graduate program requirement. They are part of a student's 12 graded graduate credits.

Both Education Seminar and Advanced Problems are repeatable.

PHYS60XX are a set of courses in the physics department that can be taken by graduate or undergraduate students. Graduate students have the choice of registering in these courses for either graduate credit or undergraduate non-credit. Additional work may be required for graduate credit.

In addition, students may take undergraduate courses and audit courses (graduate or undergraduate) for zero credit toward degree. Students may enroll for up to 6 credits of such courses each term.

Class Number
Class Description

Credits

 
     Min  Max

Level

 PHYS6010  Introductory Quantum Mechanics I

3

3

BDM

 PHYS6011  Introductory Quantum Mechanics II

3

3

BDM

 PHYS6041  Introduction to Computational Physics

3

3

BDM

 PHYS6045  Introduction to Quantum Computing

3

3

BDM

 PHYS7001  Mathematical Physics

4

4

BDM

 PHYS7002  Statistical Physics

4

4

DM

 PHYS7005  Classical Particles and Fields I

4

4

DM

 PHYS7006  Classical Particles and Fields II

4

4

DM

 PHYS7010  Quantum Mechanics I

4

4

DM

 PHYS7011  Quantum Mechanics II

4

4

DM

 PHYS8010  Quantum Field Theory I

3

3

DM

 PHYS8011  Quantum Field Theory II

3

3

DM

 PHYS8015  Particle Physics I

3

3

DM

 PHYS8016  Particle Physics II

3

3

DM

 PHYS8025  Astrophysics I

3

3

DM

 PHYS8026  Astrophysics II

3

3

DM

 PHYS8030  Advanced Statistical Physics

3

3

DM

 PHYS8031  Many Body Theory

3

3

DM

 PHYS8035  Condensed Matter Physics I

3

3

DM

 PHYS8036  Condensed Matter Physics II

3

3

DM

 PHYS8038  Experimental Methods in Condensed  Matter Physics

3

3

DM

 PHYS8041  Advanced Topics in Computational  Physics

3

3

DM

 PHYS8051C  Physics by Inquiry I

4

4

M

 PHYS8052C  Physics by Inquiry II

4

4

M

 PHYS8054  Graduate Seminar in Physics  Education

1

12

DM

 PHYS8071  Advanced Problems

1

12

DM

 PHYS8072  Research for the Master’s Degree

1

12

M

 PHYS8090  Graduate Colloquium

1

1

DM

 PHYS8091  Advanced Seminar

1

1

DM

 PHYS9010  Advanced Topics in Quantum Field  Theory

3

3

DM

 PHYS9015  Advanced Topics in Particle Physics

3

3

DM

 PHYS9020  Advanced Topics in Astrophysics

3

3

DM

 PHYS9031  Advanced Topics in Many Body  Theory

3

3

DM

 PHYS9035  Advanced Topics in Condensed  Matter Physics

3

3

DM

 PHYS9070  Special Topics in Modern Physics

3

3

DM

 PHYS9071  Research for the Doctorate

1

12

D