Courses
Recommended Courses
The Graduate Curriculum Committee has released a list of recommended courses by research specialty: pdf.
Departmental Procedures for CrossRegistration (enrollment in classes at CMU)
Graduate Course Offerings
Undergraduate Courses Carrying Graduate Credit:
Fall:
PHYS 1331 Mechanics (3cr)
PHYS 1351 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism (3cr)
PHYS 1370 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 1 (3cr)
Spring:
PHYS 1341 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (3cr)
PHYS 1371 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 2 (3cr)
PHYS 1372 Electromagnetic Theory (3cr)
Core Graduate Courses:
Fall:
PHYS 2373 Math Methods in Physics (3cr)
PHYS 2513 Dynamical Systems (3cr)
PHYS 2565 NonRelativistic Quantum Mechanics 1 (3cr)
Spring:
PHYS 2541 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (3cr)
PHYS 2555 Advanced Classical Electricity and Magnetism (4cr)
PHYS 2566 NonRelativistic Quantum Mechanics 2 (3cr)
Colloquium Course:
Fall and Spring:
PHYS 2999 Physics and Astronomy Colloquium (1cr)
Teaching Instruction Courses:
Fall:
PHYS 2997 Teaching of Physics (1cr)
PHYS 2998 Teaching of Physics Practicum (1cr or 2cr)
ASTRON 2998 Teaching of Astronomy Practicum (1cr or 2cr)
Spring:
PHYS 2998 Teaching of Physics Practicum (1cr or 2cr)
ASTRON 2998 Teaching of Astronomy Practicum (1cr or 2cr)
Skills Courses and Internships:
Fall:
PHYS 2426 Graduate Modern Physics Lab (3cr, renamed  1000 added to number)
Any Term: PHYS 2900 Research Internship (Experimental or Theoretical)
ASTRON 2900 Research Internship (Observational or Theoretical)
Advanced Graduate Courses (all 3cr):
PHYS 3274 (formerly 2274) Computational Methods (3cr)
PHYS 3542 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 2
PHYS 3707 Intermediate Quantum Mechanics (CMU's "Quantum Mechanics III")
PHYS 3715 Solid State Physics
PHYS 3716 Advanced Solid State Physics
PHYS 3717 Particle Physics (CMU's "Intro to Nuclear and Particle Physics")
PHYS 3718 Advanced Particle Physics (CMU's "Nuclear and Particle Physics II")
PHYS 3725 General Relativity 1
PHYS 3726 General Relativity 2
PHYS 3765 Field Theory 1 (CMU's "Quantum Mechanics IV")
PHYS 3766 Field Theory 2 (CMU's "Quantum Mechanics V")
ASTRON 2550 Stellar Structure (also PHYS 3750)
ASTRON 2551 Interstellar Medium (also PHYS 3751)
ASTRON 2580 Galactic and Extragalactic Astronomy (also PHYS 3580)
ASTRON 2701 Radiative Processes in Astrophysics (also PHYS 3701)
ASTRON 3705 Astronomical Techniques (no PHYS number)
ASTRON 3785 Cosmology (PHYS 3785)
CMU 33777 Introductory Astrophysics
CMU 33783 Theory of Solids I
CMU 33791 Group Theory with Physics Applications
CMU 33792 Special Topics in Quantum Physics: Quantum Optics
CMU 3379x Various Graduate Seminars
Directed Study Courses (3cr to 15cr  taken prior to signing a research agreement):
PHYS 390x Directed Study
ASTRON 390x Directed Study
Research/Thesis/Dissertation Courses (3cr to 15cr  taken with a research agreement after passing the comprehensive exam and until 72 required credits are earned):
PHYS 2000 Research and Thesis (MS Degree)
ASTRON 2000 Research and Thesis (MS Degree)
PHYS 3000 Research and Dissertation (PhD Degree)
ASTRON 3000 Research and Dissertation (PhD Degree)
FullTime Dissertation Study Courses (0cr  taken with a research agreement after passing the comprehensive exam and after completion of 72 required credits):
FTDB 3999 FullTime Dissertation Study
Special Topics Courses:
PHYS 310x Special Topics (recent titles below):
 Quantum Transport (Frolov) PHYS 3102  Spring 2013 course description
 Phase Transitions, Critical Phenomena, and Finite Temperature Field Theory (Boyanovsky) PHYS 3102  Fall 2012 course description
 Quantum Computation and Quantum Information (Griffiths) PHYS 3101 Spring 2012 course description
 Collider Physics (Han)  PHYS 3102 Spring 2012 course description
 Oxide Nanoelectronics (Levy)
 Particle Astrophysics from Stars to Cosmology (Boyanovsky)
 NanoTechnology (Dutt)
 NanoScience (D'Urso)
 Biophysics (two different courses by Salman and Wu)
 BoseEinstein Condensation, Superconductors, & Superfluids (Snoke)
 See complete historical list here
Course Number  Title of Course  Credits  Course Description 

ASTRON 3550  Stellar Structure  Stars are the most common astrophysical objects. They create most of the atomic elements and most of the observable optical light in the sky. This class provides an overview of the physics of stars and the interstellar medium. Topics will include hydrostatic equilibrium, nuclear processes, radiative transfer, metallicity and opacity, convection, stellar evolution, stellar explosions, properties of the interstellar medium, and energy feedback from stars.  
ASTRON 3580  Galactic and Extragalactic Astronomy 
Galaxies are the fundamental building blocks of the present Universe. This class will give an overview of galaxies, their properties, and their formation and evolution with an emphasis on current research areas. Topics will include observational properties (morphology, masses, colors, concentrations), scaling relations, evolution with redshift, stellar populations, gas and dust, dynamics and dark matter, evolution and mergers, and active galaxies. 

ASTRON 3705  Astronomical Techniques  This class will expose students to the basics of astronomical data analysis, with an emphasis on statistical techniques and the development of practical programming skills. Topics may include the nature of random and systematic errors, fitting and likelihood techniques, hypothesis testing, astronomical instrumentation and data reduction, and the use of large survey data sets.  
ASTRON 3785  Cosmology  This class will give an overview of the standard cosmological model and the wide range of observational tests. Topics include the expansion history of the Universe, thermodynamic history, nucleosynthesis, recombination, inflation, perturbations and the microwave background, structure formation, evidence for dark matter and dark energy, and future probes of dark energy. 
Course Number  Title of Course  Credits  Course Description 

PHYS 2274  Computational Methods  3 
Modern computational methods have opened up a new realm in physics, allowing the study of complex nonlinear phenomena for the first time. We will explore a number of classic examples in this course, including the logistic map, nonlinear oscillators, chaotic planetary motion, molecular dynamics, and the Ising model. Additional topics are coding basics, integration, partial differential equations, quantum scattering and bound states, quantum magnetism , and the Monte Carlo method as applied to classical and quantum systems. 
PHYS 2513  Dynamical Systems  Theoretical Mechanics of Particles and Continua 
Course Number  Title of Course  Credits  Course Description 

PHYS 2373  Mathematical Methods in Physics 
This course for undergraduate honors majors and some first year graduate students will prepare you for most of the mathematical techniques required in most first year physics graduate courses, at Pitt or elsewhere. The course will include: Theory and applications of analytic functions, with emphasis on contour integration and infinite series. Review of finitedimensional linear vector spaces, leading to an introduction to Hilbert spaces. Applications to ordinary and partial differential equations, including introduction to the most commonly used special functions. 

PHYS 2541  Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics I  This graduate core course provides the background in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics required for admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. in physics or astronomy. Topics include thermodynamics, ensemble theory (microcanonical, canonical and grand canonical ensembles), classical and quantum (BoseEinstein and FermiDirac) statistics, classical and quantum ideal gases, and other applications.  
PHYS 2555  Advanced Classical Electricity and Magnetism 
This is a fourcredit course in classical electricity and magnetism, based on Maxwell's Equations. Both the underlying physical concepts and the mathematical formulation of the theory will be explored. The theory will be applied to a variety of physical systems. The topics will include: electrostatics, magnetostatics, electromagnetic induction, properties of electromagnetic waves, interaction of electromagnetic waves with materials, waveguides and cavities, radiation and antennas, multipole fields, scattering of electromagnetic waves, and the special theory of relativity. Additional topics will be covered if time permits. Students are expected to have the mathematical background provided by Physics 2373: Mathematical Methods in Physics. 

PHYS 2565  Nonrelativistic Quantum Mechanics I  This course is the first half of a systematic survey of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. Topics to be covered include: prehistory of quantum theory, matrix mechanics, wave mechanics, general formalism of quantum theory (equivalence of matrix and wave mechanics). Simple quantum systems: two state systems, 1D, 3D potential problems, potential scattering, stationary state and timedependent perturbation theory. 