Five-year B.S./M.S. program

The five year combined B.S./M.S. in physics program provides highly-motivated undergraduate majors the opportunity to earn a M.S. degree in five years. The program provides the additional level of preparation and experience that students need to pursue careers in industry and government. Students in the B.S./M.S. physics program can pursue concentrations in materials and device physics, energy and the environment, computational physics, and medical biophysics. Students apply to be admitted to the B.S./M.S. program, in consultation with their faculty or undergraduate advisor, no later than the end of the second quarter of the junior year. To be accepted to the program, students will need to have demonstrated solid performance in general and in the major, as demonstrated by: 1) a G.P.A. in physics courses of at least 3.0; 2) an overall G.P.A .of at least 3.0; and 3) a recommendation from a faculty member attesting to the student’s promise for the M.S. degree in physics.

Applied Physics majors are strongly advised to take Physics 139A as one of their electives. The Five-year B.S./M.S. program is not suitable for Physics Education Majors.

Course Requirements

All students in the 5‐year BS/MS program will be expected to take a core set of four physics courses including:

PHYS 212. Electromagnetism I;

PHYS 215. Introduction to Non‐Relativistic Quantum Mechanics;

PHYS 216. Advanced Topics in Non‐Relativistic Quantum Mechanics;

PHYS 219. Statistical Physics;

plus four electives from their area of concentration. More information about concentration areas may be found here. Typically, at least one of these electives will be another physics graduate course. One of the elective courses can be an upper-division undergraduate course upon approval of the faculty coordinator and Graduate Committee.

Two of these elective courses can also serve to fulfill the elective requirement for the B.S. degree.

Applying to the Program

You may download an application here.  For further information please see the Physics Graduate Program Advisor, 207 Interdisciplinary Sciences Building.