The Applied Physics program provides each student with a broad, graduate-level foundation in applied physics with degree requirements in the areas of mathematics, foundational physics, applications, laboratory work, and capstone courses. Analytic and numerical mathematics are important and students often take courses in both. Additionally, computational methods are used in many courses. Courses in electrodynamics, quantum mechanics, and thermal/ statistical physics provide foundational physics. A course in classical dynamics is also available. Applications courses build on the foundational physics as well as other courses and provide breadth to the curriculum. Air Force organizations that employ our graduates consistently value the ability of the graduate to apply their knowledge to problems of interest to the organization. These problems change as the graduate moves to new Air Force organizations so they value graduates with breadth.
Students will take one of two educational tracks: engineering physics or space physics. Concentration in the two tracks is described below:
Engineering Physics: a broad range of applied physics topics, including the areas of laser physics, infrared systems, remote sensing, solid state physics, and plasma physics. Emphasis is placed on the application of basic physics to a variety of engineering areas, such as directed energy weapons, remote sensing, molecular dynamics, photonics, surveillance, and countermeasures.
Space Physics: encompasses the variations in the Earth’s magnetosphere, ionosphere, and subsequent effects of the space environment on the propagation of electromagnetic waves, communication, space operations, and manned space flight. An understanding of solar effects on the near-earth environment and ramifications on military operation is achieved.
Degree Required: Physics or a major with at least 24 semester hours of physics. Academy graduates with Engineering Mechanics or Engineering Science are eligible. Undergraduate majors in Engineering, Meteorology, Astronomy, or Chemistry may also be approved by faculty review.
Mathematics Required: Ordinary Differential Equations
Test Required: GRE - 153V/148Q (within the last five years)
GPA Required: Overall - 3.0; Mathematics - 3.0; Major - 3.0
USAF Education Codes: 8HYY, Physics, General; 8HCY, Atomic and Molecular Physics; 8HEY, Electromagnetism; 8HFY, Electronics; 8HHY, Engineering Physics; 8HKY, Nuclear Effects Physics; 8HLY, Nuclear Physics; 8HMY, Optics; 8HMJ, Lasers; 8HNY, Physics of Fluids (Plasmas); 8HOY, Solid State Physics; 8HFG, Physics, Semiconductor Devices; 8HMA, Physics, Atmosphere and Space Optics; 8HMH, Physics, Infrared, Incompressible Fluid Dynamics; 8HNJ, Plasma Physics; 8FDA, Aeronomy; 8FDD, Ionospheric Environment; 8FDY, Solar and Space Sciences
Waivers to the above criteria may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, individuals whose academic credentials fall below any of the above criteria are encouraged to apply.
Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)
The PEOs of the Applied Physics program identify desired capabilities and anticipated activities of our graduates three years after graduation:
Program Outcomes (POs)
The POs of the Applied Physics program identify desired capabilities and anticipated activities of our graduates upon degree completion:
Degree Type: Master's
Delivery Method: In-Residence