Physics and Astronomy Department

MS - Physics, Concentration in Modern Optics

The students in this concentration receive instruction in fundamental areas of physics and gain experience and knowledge in a wide range of subjects related to Modern Optics. All candidates are required to complete a thesis including the defense (Plan A) or take an oral comprehensive examination as culminating experience (Plan B)

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 Masters31
PHYS 100W. Methods of research and communication in physicsZ3
PHYS 205. Advanced Dynamics3
PHYS 210. Electromagnetic Theory3
PHYS 230. Methods in Mathematical Physics3
PHYS 258. Optics3
PHYS 263A. Quantum Theory3
Complete one course from:
PHYS 208. Introduction to Electro-Optics3
PHYS 268. Laser Spectroscopy3
Culminating Experience6
Choose a Plan
Plan A (Thesis)
PHYS 298. Research2
PHYS 299. Master's Thesis3
3 units each of PHYS 298 and PHYS 299
Plan B (Project)
PHYS 298. Research2
3 units of PHYS 298
Students choosing this option complete one additional course from PHYS 120C, 168, 208, 268, or 2203
Comprehensive Examination

Total Units:31

Elective courses must be planned in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.

The maximum number of upper-division undergraduate units that can be applied toward the master's degree is 15.

Upon completion of the degree requirements, the student must have achieved minimum candidacy and SJSU Cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 in order to graduate.