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MS in Integrated Science, Physics Concentration

MS in Integrated Science-Physics

Master of Science: Integrated Science (MS)

Program Coordinator (Physics Concentration)
Birol Ozturk, PhD
Associate Professor
Office: Dixon Research Center 200
Phone: (443) 885-5041
E-Mail: Birol.Ozturk@morgan.edu

Program Description
The Master of Science in Integrated Sciences program offers interdisciplinary training in the area of cross-cutting biological, physical and mathematical sciences with three concentrations, biology, chemistry, and physics, and a professional track covering data analytics, science education, engineering, informatics, management, statistics, etc. Students will obtain greater in-depth preparation in one of these disciplines. The program offers both classroom and laboratory experience and concludes with a master's thesis, aiming to prepare students for advanced studies toward a doctoral degree or a research career in industry and governmental agencies. The professional track is offered for working professionals who desire to enrich their career in a list of disciplines: Data analytics, science education, engineering, informatics, management, statistics, etc.

Application

Students interested in the Master of Science in Integrated Sciences program may apply to the program through the School of Graduate Studies website. Applicants are required to indicate an intended Concentration in the Statement of Study (Physics).

General Degree Requirements

All candidates for the degree must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours and elect a concentration of study in physics. All candidates must pass two comprehensive examinations: one covers the content of the core courses and the other covers the concentration courses. Students must complete a written thesis and successfully defend in public. For students choosing the non-thesis track, coursework will be taken instead of a thesis.

Core Courses (Required of all students)

SCIE 501 Scientific Communication and Ethics  3
SCIE 502 Research Techniques 3
SCIE 503 Computational Methods in Research 3
Total Credit Hours 9

Students who choose to pursue a concentration in physics will take 12 credit hours of coursework in the chosen concentration plus the Thesis Research and Thesis Defense from the specific concentration. Professional track students may choose any elective courses approved by the Program Director.

Physics Concentration Courses: Thesis option students will select four courses for 12 credit hours plus the three core courses for 21 credit hours. Non-thesis option students will select three core courses and four additional courses from another degree program to fit career needs of the student, but prior approval by the Program Director is required.

Required Courses
PHYS 500: Mathematical Physics
PHYS 528: Quantum Mechanics I

Elective Courses:
PHYS 511: Classical Mechanics
PHYS 523: Nuclear Physics
PHYS 526: Biophysics
PHYS 529: Quantum Mechanics II
PHYS 530: Solid State Physics
PHYS 531: Electromagnetic Theory
PHYS 590: Special Topics in Advanced Physics
PHYS 780: Thesis Research
PHYS 797: Thesis Guidance
PHYS 799: Thesis Defense

Plan of Study

Thesis Track

Year 1, First Semester (Fall, Year 1)
SCIE 500 Colloquim 0
SCIE 501 Scientific Communication & Ethics 3
SCIE 502 Research Techniques 3
XXX Required Concentration Course 3
9

Complete Study Plan, laboratory rotation, and selection of advisor, start literature study and thesis research in the selected advisor's laboratory; formation of Graduate Advisory Committee (GAC) must be completed at the beginning of the second semester.

Year 1, Second semester (Spring, Year 1):
SCIE 500 Colloquium 0
SCIE 503 Computation Methods 3
XXX Required Concentration Course 3
XXX Concentration Elective 3
9

Complete thesis research proposal by the end of the summer of the first year of study.

Year 2, Third Semester (Fall, Year 2):
XXX Concentration Elective 3
XXX 780 Thesis Research 6
9

Complete thesis research project and start to write the thesis.

Year 2, Fourth semester (Spring, Year 2): 
                                                        
XXX 797/799 Thesis Guidance/Thesis Defense                     3/9
                     9
Total for Year 2        12 Credit Hours


Professional track (to complete in 12-months)

First Semester (Fall):
SCIE 501 Scientific Communication & Ethics 3
SCIE 502 Research Techniques 3
XXX Concentration Electives 3
XXX Elective 3*
12
Second semester (Spring):
SCIE 503 Computational Methods 3
XXX Concentration Elective 3
XXX Concentration Elective 3*
XXX Elective 12
Third Semester (Summer):
XXX Elective 3*
XXX Elective 3*
Total 30 Credit Hours

* The student will register for Elective Courses for various career needs such as data analytics, science education, engineering, informatics, management, statistics, etc.