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 205. Advanced Dynamics3
PHYS 210. Electromagnetic Theory3
PHYS 230. Methods in Mathematical Physics3
PHYS 240. Computational Physics3
PHYS 263A. Quantum Theory3
One other letter-graded graduate physics courses3
Mathematics Courses9
MATH 243B. Advanced Topics in Numerical Analysis3
An advisor-approved 200-level course in mathematics or physics3
Complete one course from:
MATH 143C. Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing3
MATH 143M. Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing3
Culminating Experience3
Complete one course from:
PHYS 298. Research1-4
PHYS 299. Master's Thesis1-4

Total Units:30