The Physics Department offers an MS in Applied Physics and a PhD in Physics. The Department is also a member of the interdisciplinary Materials Science Program, the interdisciplinary Nuclear Science and Engineering Program, and the interdisciplinary Quantum Engineering Program. Applicants who are interested in working with members of the Physics faculty can apply to either the Physics program or the interdisciplinary programs. Financial aid is available to qualified applicants in all four programs through teaching or research assistantships and fellowships. While there is yet no officially established Optical Engineering interdisciplinary program, Physics offers an interdisciplinary Optics for Engineering professional graduate certificate.
Graduate students in both applied physics and physics are given a solid background in the fundamentals of classical and modern physics at an advanced level. A wide range of upper-level elective courses aimed at departmental focus areas in condensed matter physics, subatomic physics, and applied optics are also taught.
Course sizes are relatively small and students receive a lot of individual attention from faculty members. It is through the one-on-one student-professor interaction that professional skills are honed. Students are encouraged early in their studies to learn about the research interests of the faculty so that a thesis topic can be identified. The weekly departmental seminars, which expose students to experts from within and outside the Physics program, assist with this process.
Mines is located along the beautiful Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in the community of Golden, Colorado. Golden is within easy driving distance of some of the world’s best ski slopes, rock climbing crags, mountain biking, hiking and backpacking trails, and several national parks. Located 15 minutes away is metropolitan Denver, a social, cultural, and business center of the West.
For more information about graduate education in the Department of Physics at Colorado School of Mines please refer to the Physics Graduate Program Overview or contact us at email@example.com.