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Courses Graduate Level Course Selection

  1. Jun 21, 2016 #1
    Hi all,

    I'm starting my grad work in September and I'm trying to decide which courses to take. I'll be doing an M. Sc. in Chemical Physics, and potentially a Ph. D. My undergrad was in Chemistry, with minors in Physics and Math. My tentative choice of thesis topic is coherent control (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coherent_control).

    Given that information about me, I would appreciate any advice for course choices that may be useful to me, from this list:

    http://www.chem.utoronto.ca/_shared/files/grad/Physical Chemistry Catalogue.pdf
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  3. Jun 21, 2016 #2


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    Shouldn't this be something you discuss with your academic advisor, who should know a lot more of the program, the requirements, and more importantly, about you?

  4. Jun 21, 2016 #3
    So, that's what I thought, and I'm in the same position as OP. As it turns out, at least at my school, you figure out what to take by looking at courses and seeing what you might need. Maybe OP's school is the same, hence asking for advice.
  5. Jun 21, 2016 #4


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    You don't have an academic advisor? I was assigned one coming in (this person is usually not someone's thesis advisor).
  6. Jun 23, 2016 #5
    No academic advisor that is separate from our thesis advisor. I also don't have my thesis advisor yet, we pick in September.
  7. Jun 23, 2016 #6
    Scroll down to Sample Courses: http://phys.colorado.edu/graduate-students/masters-degree [Broken]

    Five Core Courses to be selected from the following:

    Introduction to Research in Modern Physics (PHYS 5430)

    Quantum Mechanics 1 & 2 (PHYS 5250, 5260)

    Electromagnetic Theory 1 & 2 (PHYS 7310, 7320)

    Theoretical Mechanics (PHYS 5210)

    Statistical Mechanics (PHYS 7230)"

    Other schools have guidelines too. Since your school doesn't offer any, check out the above and maybe some other and put together a course list you think is satisfactory.
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