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- Campus and Facilities
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- Admission
- Academic Guidelines
- Graduate School Policies
- Fees and Financial Assistance
- Fields of Study
- Post-Bacc. Certificates
- Other Departments Offering Courses for Graduate Credit
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Admission | Courses | Program | Requirements

Department Chairperson: Vivian Incera

Graduate Committee Chairperson: Mark
S. Boley

E-mail: MS-Boley@wiu.edu

Department Office: Currens Hall 212

Department Telephone: 309/298-1596

Fax: 309/298-2850

Department E-mail: ED-Hagan@wiu.edu

WWW Address: www.wiu.edu/users/miphys/

Location of Program Offering: Macomb

**Graduate Faculty**

**Professors**- Mark S. Boley, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
- Efrain J. Ferrer, Ph.D., P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute
- Vivian Incera, Ph.D., P.W. Lebedev Physical Institute
- Yan Naing Lwin, Ph.D., University of Illinois

**Associate Professor**- James A. Rabchuk, Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago

**Associate Graduate Faculty **

**Assistant Professors**- Igor Shovkovy, Ph.D., Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics
- Pengqian Wang, Ph.D., Peking University

The Department of Physics offers a program of graduate study leading to the Master of Science degree. The program serves as preparation for a) further advanced study in physics or related fields, b) a career in government or industrial research, or c) teaching at the secondary or postsecondary level.

Students entering the program should have received their bachelor's degree with a major in physics. At the discretion of the Departmental Graduate Committee, other students may be admitted to the program; however, they may have to remedy deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation. The Graduate Record Examination is not required in physics.

Applications for admission are accepted at any time, but decisions concerning graduate assistantships are generally made by March 1 for the following academic year.

Students must complete 30 semester hours of graduate credit including

**I. Core Courses:
16 s.h.**

PHYS 510 Classical Mechanics I (3)

PHYS 520 Electromagnetic Theory I (3)

PHYS 530 Quantum Mechanics I (3)

PHYS 567 Mathematical Physics (3)

PHYS 600 Seminar (1)

One of the following courses:PHYS 554 Thermal Physics (3)

PHYS 560 Topics in Solid State Physics (3)

PHYS 570 Experimental Techniques in Physics (3)

**II. Select one of the following plans of study:
14 s.h. **

InternshipPHYS 572 Internship Preparation (to be completed before the internship is begun) (1)

PHYS 578 Graduate Physics Internship (8)

Directed Electives (5)

Oral report to the Graduate Committee following the internship is required.

Thesis PlanPHYS 571 Introduction to Thesis (must take prior to Thesis) (1)

PHYS 601 Thesis/Thesis Research (3)

PHYS 577 Special Problems in Physics (1-7)

Directed Electives (3-9)

Course Work PlanTwo additional physics courses numbered from 510 to 570 inclusive (6)

Directed Electives (8)

**TOTAL PROGRAM:
30 s.h. **

Only the following 400-level physics courses can be counted toward the 30 credit hour requirement:

- PHYS 410G Application of Computer Programming in the Physical Sciences and Engineering
- PHYS 421G Electricity and Magnetism II
- PHYS 427G Advanced Electronics
- PHYS 428G Applied Optics
- PHYS 431G Atomic Physics and Quantum Mechanics II
- PHYS 477G Special Problems in Experimental and Theoretical Physics

**410G Application of Computer Programming in the Physical Sciences
and Engineering. (3)** Designed to introduce the student to basic
computer techniques frequently used in the physical sciences and engineering.
Applications of FORTRAN to the programming of numerical calculations,
data fitting, simulation of physical problems, and individualized work
on problems chosen from the student's field of interest. *Prerequisite:
Basic knowledge of FORTRAN, one year of general physics, one year of
calculus, or permission of the instructor.*

**421G Electricity and Magnetism II. (3) **Maxwell’s
equations, plane EM waves in infinite media, reflection and refraction
of EM waves, guided EM waves, radiation of EM waves, relativistic treatment
of electricity and magnetism. *Prerequisites: PHYS 320, PHYS 467 or
permission of the instructor. *

**427G Advanced Electronics. (3)** Mathematical and practical
treatment of electronic devices with emphasis on digital circuitry. *Prerequisite:
PHYS 115 or 125 or 198.*

**428G Applied Optics. (4)** Geometrical optics, diffraction,
interferometry, polarization, laser construction, optical materials, holography.
Modern optical techniques and instrumentation are emphasized. *Prerequisite:
PHYS 125 or 200.*

**430G Introductory ****Quantum****Mechanics**** I.**** (3)** Atomic
nature of matter, introduction to quantum mechanics including the Schrodinger
equation. *Prerequisite: PHYS 201. *

* ***439G Physics Methods. (3)** Preparation for
student teaching. Includes analysis of objectives; new approaches; development
of laboratory experiences; resources and utilization of instructional
materials; test and evaluation; prestudent-teaching instructional experiences. *Prerequisites:
Graduate standing and permission of instructor.*

**467G Mathematical Methods of ****Physics ****I.**** (3)** Vector
analysis, matrices, determinants, infinite series, applications of differential
equations, numerical solutions. *Prerequisite: PHYS 201, MATH 333,
or permission of the instructor.*

**470G Modern Experimental Physics. (2)** Laboratory experiments
including both those fundamental to the development of modern physics
and those which illustrate modern experimental systems techniques. *Prerequisite:
PHYS 201.*

**476G Special Topics in Physics. (1-****4, repeatable)** Lecture
course in topics of current interest are given under this number. Topics
based on the student's previous training and interests. Subjects announced
in the class schedule. *Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.*

**477G Special Problems in Experimental and Theoretical Physics.
(1-****4, repeatable)** Individual investigations
or studies of any phase of physics not provided for in the regular subjects.
Opportunity for undergraduates to engage in experimental or theoretical
research under the supervision of staff member. *Prerequisite: Permission
of the instructor. *

* ***482G (cross-listed with CHEM 482 and BIOL 482) Science
in Context. (3) ** Interdisciplinary course designed for middle
and high school science teachers as well as students pursuing secondary
science teacher certification. Students explore science as inquiry,
the unifying principles of science, and the role of social contexts
and ethics in science.

**490G Seminar. (2)** Reading, discussion, and criticism
of selected topics. Oral presentation and formal paper on a chosen topic.
Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. *Prerequisite:
ENG 280.*

**510 ****Classical****Mechanics ****I.**** (3)** Variational
principles: Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics; applications
to central force motion, dynamics of rigid bodies, and small oscillations. *Prerequisite:
PHYS 311 or equivalent.*

**520 ****Electromagnetic****Theory ****I.**** (3)** General
solutions of boundary-value problems in electrostatics and magnetostatics,
multipoles, macroscopic media, Maxwell's equations, conservation laws,
plane EM waves, wave guides, resonant cavities. *Prerequisite: PHYS
320 or equivalent. *

* ***528 Advanced Modern Optics. (3) ** Diffraction
theory utilizing Fourier analysis, transformation properties of lens systems,
spatial filtering, information processing. *Prerequisite: PHYS 428
or equivalent.*

**530 Quantum Mechanics ****I.**** (3)** Mathematically
sophisticated treatment of the basic concepts of quantum mechanics. The
Schroedinger equation is applied to one‑ and three‑dimensional
problems, stationary perturbation theory, and other selected topics. *Prerequisite:
PHYS 430 or equivalent.*

**554 Thermal Physics. (3)** A survey of thermodynamic principles
and the statistical approach to classical and quantum systems. Applications
to kinetic theory, transport phenomena, entropy, specific heat, and phase
changes for systems of practical interest. *Prerequisite: PHYS 354
or equivalent. *

* ***555 Statistical Mechanics. (3) ** Study of classical
and quantum mechanical distributions with Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac,
and Bose-Einstein statistics. Topics include equations of state, electron
and photon gases, liquid helium, and behavior of metals. *Prerequisite:
PHYS 554.*

**560 Topics in ****Solid****State**** Physics.
(3)** A study of the electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties
of crystalline solids, including lattice bonding, phonon dynamics, band
theory, electrons in metals, semiconductors, and superconductivity. *Prerequisite:
PHYS 430 or equivalent. *

**567 Mathematical Physics. (3)** Distributions, Green Functions,
complex variables and special functions, ordinary and partial differential
equations. *Prerequisite: PHYS 468 or equivalent.*

**570 Experimental Techniques in Physics. (3)** Introduction
to experimental research techniques including equipment design, machining,
vacuum techniques, cryogenics, and practical electronics.

**571 Introduction to Thesis. (1)** A course intended to
familiarize the student with technical literature searches, selection
of research areas, and thesis writing techniques. Graded S/U.

**572 Internship Preparation. (1)** A course intended to
prepare the student for PHYS 578, Graduate Physics Internship. Graded
S/U.

**576 Special Topics in Physics. (1-****4, repeatable)** Lecture
courses in topics of current interest.

**577 Special Problems in Physics. (1-****8, repeatable)** Individual
problems in the field of physics are selected according to the interest
and needs of the student. (No more than seven hours of PHYS 577 may be
applied toward the 30 hour degree requirement.) Graded S/U.

**578 Graduate Physics Internship. (8)** A one-semester
on-the-job experience in an industrial facility or research
laboratory. Graded S/U. *Prerequisite: PHYS 572.*

**600 Seminar. (1, repeatable)**

**601 Thesis/Thesis Research. (3)** Graded S/U.