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Undergraduate Catalog 2019 - 2020 
Undergraduate Catalog 2019 - 2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics, Accelerated 4+1 BS/MS

Department of Physics

Science Building 112
(216) 687-2425

Petru S. Fodor, Chair
Miron Kaufman, Graduate Program Director
Kiril Streletzky, Undergraduate Program Director


The five-year B.S.+M.S. program draws on two existing degree programs: the B.S. in Physics and the M.S. in Physics (the “Optics and Materials” and the “Optics and Medical Imaging” tracks). The program will provide an efficient path for highly qualified advanced undergraduate students from the B.S. in Physics program to complete both a B.S. and an M.S. degree in five calendar years, instead of the six years required of students completing conventional programs, while completing the same number of graduate classes. The program allows for 12 credits earned for the B.S. degree to be applied towards the M.S. degree.

Admission to Program

The admissions procedures for students in the 4+1-year program are the same as for conventional M.S. program admission. Typical full-time CSU students should submit the following materials to the Graduate Program Director by the end of year three:

  • Application to the M.S. Program
  • Application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty
  • Undergraduate transcript

The minimum qualifications for undergraduate students to be admitted to the 5-year B.S.+M.S. program are as follows:

  • 90 credit hours earned
  • Enrolled in the B.S. program in physics at CSU
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • Completion of the double-counted courses (below) with grades of “B” or higher in each course

Program Requirements

For students in the 4+1 program, the B.S. is awarded after the completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours and all General Education, University, College and Major Field requirements, as is the case for students in the conventional B.S. program.  The M.S. degree is earned, after the students have completed a minimum of 32 graduate credit hours and all coursework required of students in the conventional M.S. in program.

Students complete the following courses to be double-counted during the transition year (year 4) and must earn grades of “B” or better in each 500-level course in order to be admitted to the M.S. program and the Graduate College.

Optics/Materials Specialization

  • PHY 550 - Optics
  • PHY 555 - Advanced Optics Laboratory OR PHY 660 Electronics
  • PHY 580 - Optical Materials OR PHY 680 Physics of Materials 

Optics/Medical Imagining Specialization

  • PHY 550 - Optics
  • PHY 555 - Advanced Optics Laboratory
  • PHY 515 - Intro to Biological Physics OR
  • PHY 516 - Macromolecular Crystallography OR
  • PHY 520 - Computational Physics


Students who have been admitted to the 5-year program after the completion of 90 hours but fail to meet subsequent 5-year program requirements, revert to conventional student status and must meet all B.S. in Physics requirements.