2010-2011 College Catalog by UCI - University of California Irvine

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physics and astronomy sample program fall astrophysics specialization winter spring physics 137 physics 144 or 145 physics 138 physics 115b physics 125b physics 144 or 145 junior physics 116 senior physics 113b physics 139 graduate program the department offers the m.s and ph.d degrees in physics these degrees are awarded in recognition of demonstrated knowledge of the basic facts and theories of physics and of a demonstrated capacity for independent research active programs of research are underway in particle physics nanophysics biophysics medical physics condensed matter physics low-temperature physics plasma physics gravitational physics astrophysics and cosmology in general graduate study in the physics ph.d program is expected to be a full-time activity other proposed arrangements should be approved by the graduate committee the normative time for completion of the ph.d is six years of full-time study and the maximum time permitted is seven years students may pursue the m.s degree on either a full-time or part-time basis complementing the formal courses the department offers regular colloquia and informal seminars graduate students are members of an intellectual community and are expected to participate fully in departmental activities attendance at colloquia.is considered an essential part of graduate study in addition there are regular weekly research seminars in condensed matter particle and plasma physics and astrophysics sources of support available to graduate students include teaching assistantships research assistantships and fellowships students planning to pursue graduate work in physics should visit the department web site at http www.physics.uci.edu students admitted into the graduate program in physics and astronomy may elect to pursue the m.s or ph.d degree with a concentration in chemical and materials physics as described in a i · later section master of science in physics the requirements for the m.s degree are 1 at least three quarters of residence 2 mastery of graduate course material which must be demonstrated by passing with a grade of b or better a minimum of eight quarter courses including physics 211 213a-b 215a 223 at least one other course numbered between 200 and 259 and two other courses approve·d by the gr11duate advisor which can include undergraduate upper-division courses in related areas and 3 either option a a research project and written th sis or option b a comprehensive written examination students pursuing option a typically complete three quarters of research enrolling in physics 295 or 296 students following option b should take physics 214a the requirements for ~he m.s degree with a concentration in chemical and materials physics differ from these doctor of philosophy in physics the principal requirements for the ph.d degree are a miriimum of six quarters of residence passage of a written and an oral examination and successful completion ·and defense of a dissertation reporting results of original research in addition the ph.d candi date must complete certain graduate course requirements there is no foreign language requirement 417 course requirements students are required to exhibit mastery of the basic sequences-classical mechanics electromagnetic theory quantum mechanics mathematical physics and statistical physics a minimum of 12 quarter courses including 211 212a 213a-b 214a 215a-b 223 at least two other courses numbered between 200 and 259 and two other courses approved by the graduate advisor must be passed with a grade of b or better students are strongly encouraged to take physics 211 212a 213a~b 214a 215a-b and 223 in their first year of study it is expected that students having selected a research specialty will ordinarily take the core courses in that subject in their second year of study students pursuing research in elementary particle physics ordinarily complete physics 215c during their first year and physics 234a-b-c and 235j b during their second year stude~ts pursuing research in plasma physics ordinarily complete physics 239a during their first year and physics 239b-c-d their second year physics 249 is also recommended students pursuing research in condensed-matter physics ordinarily take physics 238a-b-c during their second· year physics 133 should be taken in the first year by those students who have not had an equivalent course students pursuing research in astrophysics/cosmology ordinarily complete physics 240a during spring of their first year 240b c in their second year and one or more of physics 241b c din their second or subsequent years students interested in medical imaging should take physics 233 in the second year students pursuing research in biological physics should take physics 230a-b in the second year nof e the requirements for the ph.d degree with a c.oncentration in chemical and materials physics champ differ from these and are outlined in a later section 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 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 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 uc irvine 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