# Physics and Astronomy

## Admissions

Adequate preparation for graduate study ordinarily presupposes a bachelor’s degree in physics or an allied field. Prior to admission to this department, entering graduate students are expected to have passed with a grade of C or better the following courses or their equivalent: modern physics, mechanics, electromagnetic theory, kinetic theory and statistical mechanics, nuclear physics, and solid state physics. Mathematics through advanced calculus, including ordinary and particle differential equations and vector analysis, should also have been completed in the undergraduate program. Students with deficiencies in these courses must make them up during their initial two years of graduate studies.

Requests for further information should be addressed to:

Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC 29208

## Courses

**ASTR 533**

**- Advanced Observational Astronomy**

**(1-3 Credits)**

**ASTR 534**

**- Advanced Observational Astronomy**

**(1-3 Credits)**

**ASTR 599**

**- Topics in Astronomy**

**(1-3 Credits)**

**PHYS 501**

**- Quantum Physics I**

**(3 Credits)**

**Prerequisites:**C or better in PHYS 307 and MATH 242 or MATH 520.

**PHYS 502**

**- Quantum Physics II**

**(3 Credits)**

**Prerequisites:**C or better in PHYS 501.

**PHYS 503**

**- Mechanics**

**(4 Credits)**

**Prerequisites:**C or better in PHYS 306 or PHYS 307 and MATH 242 or MATH 520.

**PHYS 504**

**- Electromagnetic Theory**

**(4 Credits)**

**Prerequisites:**C or better in PHYS 503.

**PHYS 506**

**- Thermal Physics and Statistical Mechanics**

**(3 Credits)**

**Prerequisites:**C or better in PHYS 306, PHYS 307, MATH 241 and MATH 242 or MATH 520.

**PHYS 511**

**- Nuclear Physics**

**(4 Credits)**

**Prerequisites:**C or better in PHYS 501.

**PHYS 515**

**- Mathematical Physics I**

**(3 Credits)**

**Prerequisites:**C or better in MATH 242 or MATH 520.

**PHYS 516**

**- Mathematical Physics II**

**(3 Credits)**

**Prerequisites:**C or better in PHYS 515.

**PHYS 517**

**- Computational Physics**

**(3 Credits)**

**Prerequisites:**C or better in PHYS 212 and MATH 142.

**PHYS 541**

**- Advanced Experimental Physics I**

**(4 Credits)**

**Prerequisites:**C or better in PHYS 310.

**PHYS 542**

**- Advanced Experimental Physics II**

**(4 Credits)**

**PHYS 546**

**- Introduction to Astrophysics**

**(3 Credits)**

**Prerequisites:**C or better in PHYS 307.

**PHYS 599**

**- Topics in Physics**

**(1-3 Credits)**

**PHYS 700**

**- Seminar on Teaching & Learning in Physics & Astronomy**

**(1 Credit)**

**PHYS 701**

**- Classical Mechanics**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 703**

**- Classical Field Theory I**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 704**

**- Classical Field Theory II**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 706**

**- Statistical Thermodynamics**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 708**

**- General Relativity and Cosmology**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 711**

**- Quantum Mechanics I**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 712**

**- Quantum Mechanics II**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 713**

**- Advanced Quantum Theory**

**(3 Credits)**

**Prerequisites:**PHYS 712.

**PHYS 714**

**- Quantum Field Theory**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 715**

**- Many-Body Quantum Theory**

**(3 Credits)**

**Prerequisite or Corequisite:**PHYS 713.

**PHYS 721**

**- Subatomic Physics**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 723**

**- Elementary Particles I**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 724**

**- Elementary Particles II**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 725**

**- Solid State Physics**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 726**

**- Superconductivity**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 727**

**- Magnetic Resonance**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 728**

**- Quantum Optics - Understanding Light-Matter Interactions**

**(3 Credits)**

**Prerequisites:**Undergraduate quantum mechanics.

**PHYS 729**

**- Applied Group Theory**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 730**

**- Graduate Seminar**

**(1 Credit)**

**PHYS 731**

**- Extragalactic Astrophysics**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 739**

**- Graduate Research Laboratory**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 740**

**- Selected Topics in Physics**

**(1-3 Credits)**

**PHYS 745**

**- Topics in Nuclear Physics**

**(1-3 Credits)**

**PHYS 746**

**- Principles of Astrophysics**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 750**

**- Topics in Solid State Physics**

**(1-3 Credits)**

**PHYS 751**

**- The Physics of Radiation Therapy**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 752**

**- Health Physics - Radiation and Nuclear Physics**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 753**

**- The Physics of Medical Imaging**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 755**

**- Topics in Theoretical Physics**

**(1-3 Credits)**

**PHYS 760**

**- Research**

**(1-6 Credits)**

**PHYS 761**

**- Research**

**(1-6 Credits)**

**PHYS 764**

**- Quantum Information**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 781**

**- Astronomy for Teachers**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 782**

**- Topics in Contemporary Physical Sciences for Teachers**

**(3-4 Credits)**

**PHYS 783**

**- Modern Physics for Teachers**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 784**

**- Topics in Light and Sound for Teachers**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 785**

**- Electronics for Teachers**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 786**

**- Teaching Physics on the Internet**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 787**

**- Design of Physics Laboratory and Demonstration Experiments for Teachers**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 788**

**- Physics for AP Teachers**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 789**

**- Physics for Teachers of Mathematics**

**(3 Credits)**

**PHYS 799**

**- Thesis Preparation**

**(1-9 Credits)**

**PHYS 899**

**- Dissertation Preparation**

**(1-12 Credits)**