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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Curriculum

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Physics Graduate Degrees

PHYSICS MS
(Professional Degree)

  • (Thesis Plan – 30 credits)
  • (Alternate Plan Paper – 34 credits)
  1. Required Core (13-16 credits)
    • Physics 607 (2) Introduction to Research
    • Physics 692 (1-2) Seminar – must be taken the first two spring semesters for a minimum of 2 credits

    • and at least three of the following four courses:

    • PHYS 640 (3) Mathematical Methods for Physicists
    • PHYS 650 (3) Classical Mechanics
    • PHYS 660 (3) Quantum Mechanics
    • PHYS 670 (3) Electricity & Magnetism
  2. Required General Electives (11-20 credits)
    • Choose any CSET 500/600-level courses approved by the student's advisor.
  3. Required Thesis or Alternate Plan Paper
    • Physics 694 (1-2) Alternate Plan Paper
    • Physics 699 (1-6) Thesis, 3-6 credits
    • Student must be registered for a minimum of one credit of Thesis or Alternate Plan Paper for every semester that they are working on their paper.
  4. A new graduate student is required to take a physics placement test prior to the start of his or her first semester of study.
  5. A graduate student should complete a Plan of Study during the first part of the second semester. This will require close consultation between the student and the initial advisor.
  6. At least half of the credits applied to the degree must be earned in 600-level courses, excluding Thesis or Alternate Plan Paper credits.
  7. A reading knowledge of a foreign language or a demonstrated ability in computer programming is required.
  8. All students must pass a written comprehensive examination. The comprehensive exam must be taken by the end of the second semester. A student cannot start his or her thesis research before passing the comprehensive written exam.
  9. An oral defense of the thesis is required for the thesis plan.

PHYSICS MS
Community College Track

  • (Thesis Plan – 30 credits)
  • (Alternate Plan Paper – 34 credits)

Required Physics Electives Core (9-17 credits)

PHYS 698 Internship (4-8)

In addition, choose any 500/600 level Physics elective courses approved by the student's advisor. Students who would like to have "internship" listed as "Internship in College Teaching" should contact the Graduate Dean.

Required Education Electives (minimum 6 credits)

  • KSP 625 Philosophy of Education in Historical Context (3)
  • KSP 670 Collegiate Institutions in the United States (3)
  • KSP 671 Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (3)

Required General Electives (6 credits)

Choose any 500/600 level elective courses from outside of physics and outside of professional education, approved by the student's advisor.

Required Research Methods (3 credits)

Choose a research methods course approved by the student's advisor.

Required Thesis or Alternate Plan Paper

  • PHYS 694 Alternate Plan Paper (1-2)
  • PHYS 699 Thesis (1-6) minimum 3 credits

Additional Requirements:

A reading knowledge of a foreign language or a demonstrated ability in computer programming is required. Fifty percent of all courses must be taken at the 600 level, excluding the Thesis or APP credits. A written exam is required. A thesis and its oral defense are required if the thesis option is chosen.

PHYSICS EDUCATION MS
(Discipline-based)

  • (Thesis Plan – 30 credits)
  • (Alternate Plan Paper – 34 credits)

Teaching licensure is usually a prerequisite to pursuing this degree, since this degree does not lead to initial teaching licensure. Students who desire initial licensure should consult the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.

Required Physics Electives (9-17 credits)

Choose any 500/600 level elective courses approved by the student's advisor.

Required Education Electives (6 credits)

Choose any 500/600 level Education elective courses approved by the student's advisor from the following:

  • KSP 507, 605, 609, 612, 621, 625, 632, 640, 645, 654, 665, 666, 677, 681
  • EEC 520, 522, 602, 617, 631, 676
  • CSP 570
  • EDAD 652, 665

Required General Electives (6 credits)

Choose any 500/600 level elective courses approved by the student's advisor.

Required Research Methods (3 credits)

Choose a research methods course approved by the student's advisor.

Required Thesis or Alternate Plan Paper

  • PHYS 694 Alternate Plan Paper (1-2)
  • PHYS 699 Thesis (1-6) minimum 3 credits

Additional Requirements:

Fifty percent of all courses must be taken at the 600 level, excluding the Thesis or APP credits. A written exam is required. A thesis and its oral defense are required if the thesis option is chosen.