Physics and Astronomy Department

MS - Physics, Concentration in Computational Physics

The goal of this concentration is to give the candidate a thorough grounding in physics, computer programming and numerical methods. All candidates are required to complete a project or a thesis in which they apply computer-oriented techniques to physics problems.

Course Requirements

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). For information on the GWAR, please see
Requirements of the Masters30
Physics Courses18
PHYS 100W. Methods of research and communication in physicsZ3
PHYS 205. Advanced Dynamics3
PHYS 210. Electromagnetic Theory3
PHYS 230. Methods in Mathematical Physics3
PHYS 240. Computational Physics3
PHYS 263A. Quantum Theory3
Mathematics Courses6
Complete one course from:
MATH 143C. Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing3
MATH 143M. Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing3
Select one course in consultation with graduate advisor:
MATH 243B. Advanced Topics in Numerical Analysis3
MATH 243M. Numerical Linear Algebra3
200-level mathematics or physics3
Culminating Experience6
Complete one option (Plan A or Plan B):
Plan A (Thesis)
PHYS 298. Research1-4
PHYS 299. Master's Thesis1-4
3 units each of PHYS 298 and PHYS 299
Plan B (Project)
PHYS 298. Research1-4
3 units of PHYS 298
3 units of 200-level mathematics or physics elective course selected in consultation with graduate advisor3

Total Units:30