Students who are enrolled in the B.S. in Physics program may elect to take graduate courses that will count toward the M.S. in Physics and Applied Physics degree. Up to six hours of graduate credit may be earned in this way without any special provision. In order to offer more than six hours of pre-admission graduate credit toward the graduate degree, a student must apply to the Department of Physics graduate admission committee for admission to the accelerated B.S.-M.S. program.

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Persons applying for admission to this program should (1) submit a curricular plan for completing the bachelor’s degree within two years or its part-time equivalent, (2) indicate which graduate courses they intend to offer toward the physics master’s degree and (3) have a B average or better. The M.S. degree completion form must include a memo from the Department of Physics graduate admission committee to indicate which graduate courses were taken under the accelerated B.S.-M.S. program.

Graduate program director
Shiv N. Khanna, Ph.D.
Commonwealth Professor
Phone: (804) 828-1818

Additional contact
Robert H. Gowdy, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Physics
Phone: (804) 828-1818

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