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Sample Course Schedule

Schedule for first- and second-year students

The following is the typical course schedule for physics students in their first two years of graduate study at the University of Notre Dame:

First Year (Fall)

 
Mathematical Methods of Physics 3 credits
Classical Mechanics 3 credits
Quantum Mechanics I 3 credits
Introductory research area course (optional) 0-3 credits
Scientific Writing for Physicists (optional) 1 credit
Colloquium 0 credits
Total 9-13 credits

 

First Year (Spring)

 
Electrodynamics 3 credits
Quantum Mechanics II 3 credits
Methods of Experimental Physics 3 credits
Statistical Thermodynamics 3 credits
Introductory research area course (optional) 0-3 credits
Colloquium 0 credits
Seminar 2 credits
Research and Dissertation 1 credit
Total 12-15 credits

 

Second Year and beyond

 
Research area courses 0-9 credits
Methods and skills elective (optional) 0-3 credits
Physics Teaching Practicum (optional) 0-1 credit
Colloquium 0 credits
Seminar 2 credits
Research and Dissertation 1-7 credits
Total 9-15 credits

 

 

 

 

Second Year, Spring Semester

 
Colloquium 0 credit
Research-area and/or breadth course 0-9 credits
Seminar 2 credits
Research and Disseratation (98699) 3 credits
Total 9-15 credits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students who enter with advanced standing will follow a modified schedule and generally take at least three 3-credit classes per semester until the core curriculum requirements are met.