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Physics

The department of Physics offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science (Sc.M.) degree and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree.  For more information on admission and program requirements, please visit the following website: http://www.brown.edu/academics/gradschool/programs/physics

Master of Science (ScM)

A total of 8 credits in 2000 level courses form the main requirement for the ScM degree in Physics, typically taken over 4 semesters.  Of the eight required courses, four will be selected from the six core courses of the PhD program.  Preparation of a Master’s thesis is highly recommended as it forms an important pillar of the professional training.  Therefore, one of the eight required courses may be PHYS2980 or PHYS2981. 

Core Courses
Techniques in Experimental Physics
Classical Theoretical Physics I
Classical Theoretical Physics II
Quantum Mechanics
Quantum Mechanics
Statistical Mechanics

 Three additional credits at the 2000 level are required.  These courses are to be selected from the remaining core courses or the large number of other upper level physics courses.  Up to two of these can be taken in another department with prior approval of the program director.

Mathematical Methods of Engineers and Physicists
Advanced Quantum Mechanics
Introduction to Nuclear and High Energy Physics
Astrophysics and Cosmology
Quantum Theory of Fields I
Quantum Theory of Fields II
Group Theory
Solid State Physics I
Solid State Physics II
Quantum Many Body Theory
Advanced Statistical Mechanics
Computational Physics
Research in Physics
Research in Physics