Applied Physics Graduate Major (MS, PSM)
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The worlds of science and business are increasingly interconnected, creating strong demand for individuals who can bridge these two disciplines. The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) in Applied Physics at OSU is the first program of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and was created with the help of professional affiliates who are leaders in industries dependent on applications of physics either to produce or to exploit contemporary technologies. In Oregon, industries such as semiconductor manufacturing, optical and electronic instrumentation, and software have become the dominant employers, replacing lumbering, fishing and other traditional resource-based industries. Applied physicists study photovoltaic technology, optoelectronics, energy and communication systems, imaging of cells and nanostructures, and many other subjects. An internship providing job experience in a technology-rich environment as well as special training in business management, communications, and ethics to complement core science uniquely qualify PSM Physics graduates for these diverse careers.
The PSM program can usually be completed in two years, based on full-time study and at least 54 credits. The technical curriculum is based on a core of graduate courses in the fundamental subjects of physics. Core physics courses (four courses selected from the following) will cover topics such as electromagnetism, statistical and thermal physics and quantum mechanics:
|PH 531||CAPSTONES IN PHYSICS: ELECTROMAGNETISM||3|
|PH 541||CAPSTONES IN PHYSICS: THERMAL AND STATISTICAL PHYSICS||3|
|PH 551||CAPSTONES IN PHYSICS: QUANTUM MECHANICS||3|
|PH 621||DYNAMICS OF SINGLE- AND MULTI-PARTICLE SYSTEMS||3|
|PH 631||ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY||3|
|PH 641||STATISTICAL THERMOPHYSICS||3|
|PH 651||QUANTUM MECHANICS||3|
Elective courses develop skills in modeling, statistical analysis, and data management or in scientific fields closely related to physics (e.g., materials, energy etc.). Professional courses are required in communication, research ethics, and business management:
|COMM 550||COMMUNICATION AND THE PRACTICE OF SCIENCE||3|
|PHL 547||RESEARCH ETHICS||3|
|PSM 565||ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE FOR SCIENTISTS||3|
These courses are designed to be taken in sequence during the first academic year. Students are required to complete a 3 to 6 month internship (6–12 credits) in lieu of thesis research (PH 510 INTERNSHIP).
For general information about PSM programs, contact the PSM Director, 2082 Cordley Hall, Corvallis OR 97331, 541-737-5259; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Core physics courses||12|
Major Code: 5890