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Special Programs and Opportunities

Fifth-Year M.S. Option. Many positions for physicists require a Master of Science in physics. Students who complete the bachelor of science requirements in applied physics at Purdue with at least a 3.0 grade-point average can apply for admission to the Purdue Graduate School as a master's candidate in physics with a specialization in applied physics. The master's degree requirements (12 credit hours in physics and 18 credit hours in applied electives) can be completed in one year under the usual rules of the Purdue Graduate School. Note: Physics hours include 6 hours of mathematics or mathematical methods.

Professional Practice Program. The Department of Physics participates in the Professional Practice Program. Interested students can contact the Professional Practice Coordinator, Department of Physics, Physics Building, 765-494-5383.

A student with a grade index of 3.0 or better in physics and 2.8 or better overall is eligible to apply for the Professional Practice Program. The program typically starts after the student's first year.

The department encourages students to participate in study abroad, summer internship programs and summer undergraduate research opportunities offered around the world.

Physics Minor

The physics minor provides a strong background in physics for students majoring in some other discipline at Purdue University. To qualify for the minor, the following classes must be completed at Purdue University. In addition, the GPA over all physics (PHYS) courses must be 2.0 or higher.

Physics Minor Course Requirements 10-11 credits
PHYS 34000 (Modern Physics Laboratory) 1 cr.
PHYS 34200 ( Modern Physics) (3 cr.) or PHYS 34400 (Modern Physics) (4 cr.) 3-4 cr.
Physics Electives Requirement: 
Six additional credits at the 30000 level or higher in physics
6 cr.

Astronomy Minor

The astronomy minor provides a strong background in astronomy and astrophysics. This program is administered by the Department of Physics.

The following courses describe the minimum coursework necessary to earn a minor in astronomy. All courses must be taken at Purdue University. In addition, the GPA over all Physics (PHYS) and Astronomy (ASTR) courses must be 2.0 or higher.

Astronomy Minor Course Requirements 15-16 credits
PHYS 34200 (Modern Physics) (3 cr.) or PHYS 34400 (Modern Physics) (4 cr.) 3-4 cr.
ASTR 36300 (Solar System Astronomy) 3 cr.
ASTR 36400 (Stars and Galaxies) 3 cr.
ASTR 37000 (Cosmology) 3 cr.
Physics/Astronomy Electives Requirement:
Three credits chosen from PHYS/ASTR 56000 (Stellar Evolution) (3 cr.); PHYS/ASTR 56100 (Galaxies and Large Scale Structure) (3 cr.); PHYS/ASTR 56200 (Introduction to High Energy Astrophysics) (3 cr.); PHYS/ASTR 56300 (Astroparticle Physics) (3 cr.); or an unapproved PHYS/ASTR course at or above the 40000 level.
3 cr.