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Prof. Kevin B. Smith

Associate Chairs:


Prof. Dragoslav Grbovic


Prof. Joseph Hooper

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Department of Physics
Spanagel Hall, Room 203
833 Dyer Road
Monterey, CA 93943-5216
(831) 656-2145
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Mission Statement

Master of Science in Applied Physics

To be awarded the Master of Science in Applied Physics degree, a student must complete a program that includes at least 20 quarter-hours of Physics courses at the graduate level, including 12 at the 4000 level. 

The total graduate hours in Physics, Mathematics, and Engineering must be at least 32, including 20 at the 4000 level. The program must include at least one graduate level course in each of the following areas: mechanics, electromagnetism, and quantum physics. 

Students will demonstrate additional breadth by taking at least one 4000-level physics course outside their concentration area. In addition to the above required courses, a student's program must include an area of concentration containing a four-course sequence of graduate-level courses, at least two at the 4000 level, in an area related to applied physics and approved by the Chairman of the Department of Physics. 

A list of courses and concentrations meeting the above requirements is available from the Chairman of the Physics Department. All programs leading to the Master of Science in Applied Physics degree must satisfy the general Postgraduate School requirements for the master's degree, must include a thesis advised or co-advised by a member of the Physics Department, and must be approved by the Chairman of the Department of Physics.

Here is an example of the core requirements and the concentration courses for each Applied physics degree.

Quarter 1
Quarter 2
PH1994(4-1)Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers I PH1322(4-2)Electricity and Magnetism
PH1995(4-1)Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers II PH2151(4-1)Particle Mechanics
PH1121(4-2)Mechanics PH3991(4-0)Theoretical Physics
PC2911(4-3)Introduction to Computational Physics PH2724(4-0)Thermodynamics
    PH2001(1-0)Research Seminar in Physics
Quarter 3
Quarter 4
PH2652(4-1)Modern Physics PH3292(4-2)Applied Optics
PH3152(4-0)Mechanics of Physical Systems PH3655(4-0)Solid State Physics
PH2351(4-2)Electromagnetism PH3352(4-0)Electromagnetic Waves
PC2013(4-3)Introductory Applied Physics Laboratory PC3014(3-4)Intermediate Applied Physics Laboratory
PH0999(0-1)Physics Colloquium PH0999(0-1)Physics Colloquium
Quarter 5
Quarter 6
PC3172(4-1)Physics of Weapon Systems: Fluid Dynamics of Weapons, Shock Waves, Explosions NW3230(4-2)Strategy and Policy
PH4656(4-0)Quantum Mechanics Concentration Course PC3400(4-2)Survey of Underwater Acoustics
PC4015(4-3)Advanced Applied Physics Laboratory PC4862(4-0)Advanced Weapon Concepts Concentration Course
PH0999(0-1)Physics Colloquium PH0810(0-8)Thesis Research
    PH0999(0-1)Physics Colloquium
Quarter 7
Quarter 8
  Concentration Course PC3200(4-1)Physics of Electromagnetic Sensors and Photonic Devices
  Concentration Course PC4022(3-0)Combat Systems Capabilities
PC3800(4-0)Survey of the Effects of Weapons PH0810(0-8)Thesis Research
PH0810(0-8)Thesis Research PH0810(0-8)Thesis Research
PH0999(0-1)Physics Colloquium PH4001(1-0)Physics Thesis Presentation

Along with the core requirements One of the following concentration groups will need to be selected.

PH3119(4-2)Oscillations and WavesSummer
PH3451(4-2)Fundamental AcousticsFall
PH3452(4-2)Underwater AcousticsWinter
PH4454(4-2)Sonar Transducer Theory and DesignWinter
PH4455(4-0)Sound Propagation in the OceanSpring
PH4271(4-1)Lasers, Optoelectronics, and Electro-OpticsFall
PH4272(4-1)Lasers, Optoelectronics, and Electro-Optics IISummer
PH4273(4-2)Physics of Advanced Imaging SystemsFall
PH4274(4-1)Physics of Active Electromagnetic Detection and EngagementSummer
PH4171(4-1)Physics of ExplosivesSummer
PH4857(4-1)Physics of Directed Energy and Conventional WeaponsSummer
PH4858(4-0)Weapons Lethality and SurvivabilityFall
PH4911(3-2)Simulation of Physical and Weapon SystemsWinter



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