
The following courses are required for this degree:
 PHYS 601: Classical Mechanics (3credit hours)
 PHYS 603: Electromagnetic Theory I (3credit hours)
 PHYS 606: Quantum Mechanics I (3credit hours)
 PHYS 607: Statistical Mechanics (3credit hours)
 PHYS 624: Quantum Mechanics II (3credit hours)
 PHYS 615: Methods of Theoretical Physics I (3credit hours)
 PHYS 611: Electromagnetic Theory II (3credit hours)
 Two graduate courses chosen from outside of the student’s area of specialization, each from a different area. Potential electives and their correlated specialization include:
 Astronomy: Extragalactic (641), Stellar (643), Galactic (645), Radiative Transfer (646)
 Lowenergy: Atomic Physics/Quantum Optics (648, 649) or Solid State Physics (617, 631, 632)
 Highenergy: Nuclear Physics (625), Particle Physics (627), Quantum Field Theory (634), Relativity and Cosmology (644)

Two tracks are available for the Ph. D. in Astronomy. Each track requires:
 ASTR 601: Extragalactic Astronomy (3credit hours)
 ASTR 602: Astronomical Observing Techniques and Instrumentation (3credit hours)
 ASTR 603: Stellar Astrophysics (3credit hours)
 ASTR 604: Cosmology (3credit hours)
 ASTR 605: Galactic Astronomy (3credit hours)
 ASTR 606: Radiative Transfer (3credit hours)
 A sufficient number of other elective courses and/or research to make a total of:
 64 hours – with a Master’s Degree
 96 hours – without a Master’s Degree
 PHYS 615: Methods of Theoretical Physics I (3credit hours)
 Any one of the following:
 PHYS 601: Classical Mechanics (3credit hours)
 PHYS 603: Electromagnetic Theory I (3credit hours)
 PHYS 606: Quantum Mechanics (3credit hours)
 PHYS 607: Statistical Mechanics (3credit hours)
 STAT 630: Overview of Mathematical Statistics (3credit hours)
 Any one of the following:
 STAT 624: Databases and Computational Tools Used in Big Data (3credit hours)
 STAT 636: Applied Multivariate Analysis and Statistical Learning (3credit hours)
 STAT 638: Introduction to Applied Bayesian Methods (3credit hours)
 STAT 639: Data Mining and Analysis (3credit hours)
 STAT 654: Statistical Computing with R and Python (3credit hours)

The following courses are required for this degree:
 PHYS 601: Classical Mechanics (3credit hours)
 PHYS 603: Electromagnetic Theory I (3credit hours)
 PHYS 606: Quantum Mechanics I (3credit hours)
 PHYS 607: Statistical Mechanics (3credit hours)
 PHYS 615: Methods of Theoretical Physics I (3credit hours)
 One course in Classical or Quantum Physics
 Four elective courses chosen in consultation with the student’s committee, except PHYS 666, 685, or undergraduate courses.

The following courses are required for this degree:
 PHYS 601: Classical Mechanics (3credit hours)
 PHYS 603: Electromagnetic Theory I (3credit hours)
 PHYS 606: Quantum Mechanics I (3credit hours)
 PHYS 607: Statistical Mechanics (3credit hours)
 PHYS 615: Methods of Theoretical Physics I (3credit hours)
 A maximum of 8 hours of 691 (Research) or 685 (Directed Studies), or a combined amount of 12 hours (i.e. 8 hours of 685 and 4 hours of 691; all MS thesis option degree plans must contain at least one hour of 691. A maximum of 2 hours of 681 (Seminar).
 A sufficient number of credit hours in other elective courses must be added to the Degree Plan to make a total of 32 credit hours
That advanced undergraduate courses or MATH 601 and 602, with a grade of B or better in each may be substituted for one of the graduate courses 601, 603, 606, 607, or 615. If this is done, the student must take one additional graduate level course in physics.

Two tracks are available for the M.S in Physics NonThesis Option.
The Physics track requires:
 PHYS 601: Classical Mechanics (3credit hours)
 PHYS 603: Electromagnetic Theory I (3credit hours)
 PHYS 606: Quantum Mechanics I (3credit hours)
 PHYS 607: Statistical Mechanics (3credit hours)
 PHYS 615: Methods of Theoretical Physics I (3credit hours)
 A maximum of 8 hours of 685 (Directed Studies). The student normally satisfies this requirement by working in a research laboratory or on a theoretical project supervised by a tenured or tenuretrack faculty member. This option is highly recommended, although not required. A written project report is not mandatory for this option, but should be discussed by the student and faculty member when electing this option. A maximum of 2 hours of 681 (Seminar).
 A sufficient number of credit hours in other elective courses must be added to the Degree Plan to make a total of 36 credit hours
 PHYS 606: Quantum Mechanics I (3credit hours)
 PHYS 615: Methods of Theoretical Physics I (3credit hours)
 Choose 2:
 PHYS 601: Classical Mechanics (3credit hours)
 PHYS 603: Electromagnetic Theory I (3credit hours)
 PHYS 607: Statistical Mechanics (3credit hours)
 Any additional graduate course, not including PHYS 666.
 A maximum of 8 hours of 685 (Directed Studies). The student normally satisfies this requirement by working in a research laboratory or on a theoretical project supervised by a tenured or tenuretrack faculty member. This option is highly recommended, although not required. A written project report is not mandatory for this option, but should be discussed by the student and faculty member when electing this option. A maximum of 2 hours of 681 (Seminar).
 A sufficient number of credit hours in other elective courses must be added to the Degree Plan to make a total of 36 credit hours

Two tracks are available for the M.S in Astronomy. Each track requires:
 ASTR 601: Extragalactic Astronomy (3credit hours)
 ASTR 602: Astronomical Observing Techniques and Instrumentation (3credit hours)
 ASTR 603: Stellar Astrophysics (3credit hours)
 ASTR 604: Cosmology (3credit hours)
 ASTR 605: Galactic Astronomy (3credit hours)
 ASTR 606: Radiative Transfer (3credit hours)
 6 – 8 hours of ASTR 685 (Directed Studies). The student normally satisfies this requirement by working on an instrumentation, observational or theoretical project supervised by a tenured or tenuretrack faculty member in the Astronomy group. A written project report is not mandatory for this option, but should be discussed by the student and faculty member when electing this option. A maximum of 2 hours of ASTR 681 (Seminar).
 A sufficient number of other elective courses must be added to the Degree Plan to make a total of 36 hours.
 PHYS 615: Methods of Theoretical Physics I (3credit hours)
 Any one of the following:
 PHYS 601: Classical Mechanics (3credit hours)
 PHYS 603: Electromagnetic Theory I (3credit hours)
 PHYS 606: Quantum Mechanics (3credit hours)
 PHYS 607: Statistical Mechanics (3credit hours)
 STAT 630: Overview of Mathematical Statistics (3credit hours)
 Any one of the following:
 STAT 624: Databases and Computational Tools Used in Big Data (3credit hours)
 STAT 636: Applied Multivariate Analysis and Statistical Learning (3credit hours)
 STAT 638: Introduction to Applied Bayesian Methods (3credit hours)
 STAT 639: Data Mining and Analysis (3credit hours)
 STAT 654: Statistical Computing with R and Python (3credit hours)