Department of Physics
Chair and Professor Harmon
Professors Gesell, Knox, Parker,
Emeritus Professors Price, Vegors
Assistant Professors Irwin, Shropshire, Vizkelethy
Instructors Hackworth, Johnson
Adjunct Faculty Graham, Harker, Horowitz, Nieschmidt, Oberg, Otis
A complete graduate application for classified status in the ISU Physics Department consists of:
a. GRE aptitude scores (a minimum of 35 percentile on verbal, quantitative or analytical is required for classified students);
Applicants must hold the degree of Bachelor of Science of Bachelor of Arts in Physics or the equivalent as determined by the department. The student's course of study will be determined by consultation and possibly an entrance examination. Students will normally be required to complete as deficiencies any courses required for the B.S. in Physics at ISU which they have not already taken. Continued enrollment in the program is contingent upon maintaining a 3.0 grade point average and upon making satisfactory progress toward the degree.
b. an ISU Graduate School Application form and official copies of transcripts;
c. three letters of recommendation
Master of Science in Physics
A satisfactory score on physics examination(s) may be required before admission to candidacy. Required courses are:
PHYS 611-612 Electricity and Magnetism 6 cr
PHYS 621 Classical Mechanics 3 cr
PHYS 624-625 Quantum Mechanics 6 cr
5-9 additional credits in courses approved by the student's advisor, department Chair, and the Graduate School.
PHYS 650 Thesis 6-10 cr
6-10 credits for the thesis option or 6-10 credits in additional courses approved by the graduate faculty in the department for the non-thesis option. In addition to the oral examination required of the thesis and non-thesis options, the non-thesis option will include a written comprehensive examination.