2007-2008 College Catalogue by UCI - University of California Irvine

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406 uci 2007-08 • school of physical sciences comprehensive examination progress toward the degree is assessed by a written comprehensive examination covering a broad range of fundamentals of physics at the graduate and advanced undergraduate levels it is offered twice a year and a student is allowed a maximum of three attempts the first attempt must occur before the end of the fall quarter of the student s second year and the examination must be passed by the end of spring quarter of the student s second year advancement to ph.d candidacy for advancement to ph.d candidacy a student must pass an oral advancement examination it is typically taken within one year of successful completion of the comprehensive examination to satisfy normative progress toward the degree it must be taken by the end of the student s third year the candidacy committee that administers this examination will contain one or two faculty members from outside the department this oral examination will cover material principally related to the broad and general features of the student s dissertation area i current topics to bridge the gap between fundamental principles and applied technology and a course to develop communication skills the required courses include thirteen core courses and three electives subject to advisor approval as follows core physics 206,207,228 229a 266 chemistry 231a-b or physics 215a-b chemistry 231c 232a-b one course from each of the following three groups physics 211 or 222 physics 133 or 238a or chemistry 236 physics 273 or chemistry 273 or physical sciences 139 electives physics 134 213c 223 224 229b 233a 233b 238a chemistry 213 225 226 232c 233 243 248 249 engineering eecs278 eecs285b mse201 mse259a in addition to the required courses m.s students complete a master s thesis students are required to advance to candidacy for the master s degree at least one quarter prior to filing the master s thesis there is no examination associated with this advancement but the thesis committee needs to be selected and appropriate forms need to be filed the m.s program prepares students to compete for high-tech jobs or to begin research toward a ph.d degree teaching program experience in teaching is an integral part of the graduate program and all ph.d students are required to participate in the teaching program for at least three quarters during their graduate careers all new teaching assistants are required to enroll in physics 269 and must pass in order to be allowed to ta in future quarters students are required to enroll in physics 399 while serving as a ta lab tas are required to enroll in physics 395 as well as 399 successful completion of the m.s degree requirements qualifies students for the ph.d program progress toward the ph.d degree is assessed by a written comprehensive examination administered in the summer after completion of the first year of study this examination covers comprehensive knowledge acquired in course work and the content of the examination depends upon the student s specific area of interest students who are not citizens from countries where english is either the primary or dominant language as approved by the uci graduate council must pass either the test of spoken english tse or the uci speak speaking proficiency english assessment kit examination one of these tests must be passed before such a student can qualify for a teaching assistantship in order to fulfill the department s teaching requirement the department expects one of these tests to be passed by the end of the student s second year at uci participants in the ph.d program take an examination for formal advancement to candidacy it is typically taken within one year of successful completion of the comprehensive examination to satisfy normative progress toward the degree it must be taken by the end of the student s third year the examination is comprised of two parts a a written report on a topic to be determined in consultation with the research advisor and b an oral report on research accomplished and plans for completion of the ph.d dissertation dissertation a dissertation summarizing the results of original research performed by the student under the supervision of a doctoral committee appointed by the department chair on behalf of the dean of graduate studies and the graduate council will be required for the ph.d degree a criterion for the acceptability of a dissertation by the department is that it be suitable for publication in a scientific journal the dissertation must not have been submitted to any other institution prior to its submission to the uci physics and astronomy department courses in physics lower-division note the department of physics and astronomy strictly enforces all course prerequisites courses with sequential designations for example la-b-c indicate multiple-quarter courses each course in a sequence is prerequisite to the one following defense of dissertation upon completion of the dissertation the student will take an .oral examination open to the public before the doctoral committee 3a-b-c basic physics 4-4-4 f w s summer lecture three hours discussion one hour 3a vectors motion force and energy 3b fluids heat electricity and magnetism 3c waves and sound optics quantum ideas atomic and nuclear physics relativity prerequisite or corequisite mathematics 2a-b ii concentration in chemical and materials physics 3lb basic physics laboratory 1.5 w s summer laboratory three hours practical applications of electronics and classical physics to biology goals include skill to use oscilloscope and other basic instrumentation ii this is an interdisciplinary program between condensed matter physics and physical chemistry which is designed to eliminate the barrier between these two disciplines students with b.s degrees in physics chemistry or materials science and engineering are encouraged to apply to the program the goal of the concentration in chemical and materials physics champ is to provide students with a broad interdisciplinary education in the applied physical sciences that emphasizes modern laboratory and computational skills the program accepts students for both the m.s and the ph.d degrees upon admission to the program students are assigned two faculty advisors one from the department of physics and astronomy and one from the department of chemistry to provide guidance on curriculum and career planning 3lc basic physics laboratory 1.5 s summer f laboratory three hours practical applications of physics to medical imaging topics include optics radioactivity and acoustics prerequisite physics 3lb ii the curriculum for the m.s program includes a summer session to assimilate students with different undergraduate backgrounds formal shop laboratory and computational courses a sequence on 7a-b-d classical physics 4-4-4 f w s w s summer lecture three hours discussion one hour 7a units vectors motion momentum force 7b energy rotation and gravity 7d electricity and magnetism corequisites for 7a-b-d corresponding quarters of physics 7la-lb-ld mathematics 2a-b and 2c or 20 physics 7 a and physics i may not both be taken for credit ii 7la-lb-ld classical physics laboratory 1-1-1 f w s w s summer laboratory two hours experiments related to lecture topics in physics 7 ab-o corequisite corresponding quarter of physics 7a-b-d ii 7e classical physics 4 f summer lecture three hours discussion one hour fluids oscillations waves and optics prerequisites physics 7b mathematics 2b ii uc irvine 2007-2008