Northern Arizona University Academic Catalog 

August 2011–August 2012 Undergraduate and Graduate 
This plan provides a strong core of applied physics as well as essential research skills, and prepares you for technical employment in hightechnology industries, research institutes, or college teaching—as well as for further professional study in various fields of applied physics.
This plan can be interdisciplinary, integrating a broad range of subject areas to enhance your opportunities for research, teaching, or careers in the private sector. There are both thesis and coursework options in General Physics and specialization options in Planetary Science and Teaching College Physics.
Emphasis 
Thesis Option 
CourseWork Option 
Other Features 
General Physics–Thesis  Y 


General Physics–Course Work 

Y 
Oral Comprehensive Exam 
Planetary Science–Thesis  Y 


Teaching College Physics 

Y 
Oral Comprehensive Exam Supervised College Teaching 
For this 30unit plan you must complete the following 12 units, regardless of your Emphasis:
· PHY 520 (4 units)
· PHY 525 (3 units)
· PHY 535 (3 units)
· At least 2 units of PHY 698
Choose one of the following four Emphases (18 units):
Complete:
PHY 530 (3 units)
6 units of 500600level electives in any science, mathematics, engineering, or other field that’s appropriate to your career goals, chosen with your advisor's approval.
These six units must be formal, graded course work.
6 units of PHY 685 or 500600level electives in any science, mathematics, engineering, or other field that’s appropriate to your career goals, chosen with your advisor's approval.
3 units of PHY 699, for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved thesis
▓ Please be aware that you may only count 3 units of thesis credit toward your degree. However, you may end up taking more units because you must enroll for PHY 699 each term while you are working on your thesis.
▓ Also, please be aware that university Graduate Assistants must be enrolled for a minimum of nine hours each semester.
Complete:
PHY 530 (3 units)
6 units of 500600level electives in any science, mathematics, engineering, or other field that’s appropriate to your career goals, chosen with your advisor's approval.
These six units must be formal, graded course work.
6 units of PHY 685 or 500600level electives in any science, mathematics, engineering, or other field that’s appropriate to your career goals, chosen with your advisor's approval.
3 units of PHY 699, for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved thesis
▓ Please be aware that you may only count 3 units of thesis credit toward your degree. However, you may end up taking more units because you must enroll for PHY 699 each term while you are working on your thesis.
▓ Also, please be aware that university Graduate Assistants must be enrolled for a minimum of nine hours each semester.
Complete:
PHY 530, 545, and 550 (9 units)
9 units of electives in any science, mathematics, engineering, or other field that’s appropriate to your career goals, chosen with your advisor's approval.
These nine units must be formal, graded course work.
Up to 6 of these hours may be at the 400level, and the remainder must be at the 500 or 600level.
a comprehensive oral exam
▓ Also, please be aware that university Graduate Assistants must be enrolled for a minimum of nine hours each semester.
Complete:
PHY 500 (3 units)
6 units chosen from the following: PHY 530, 545, or 550
5 units of electives in any science, mathematics, engineering, or other field that’s appropriate to your career goals, chosen with your adviser’s approval.
These units must all be formal, graded coursework; and
May be at the 400, 500, or 600level.
4 units of PHY 608, during which you will teach lecture courses, in introductory college physics, under supervision.
a comprehensive oral exam
▓ Also, please be aware that university Graduate Assistants must be enrolled for a minimum of nine hours each semester.
Click here for Physics graduate courses, here for Astronomy graduate courses, and here for Physical Sciences graduate courses.
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