## Breadth courses in the 680 series |

**May 7, 2010**- PHY 541 "Advanced Statistical Mechanics" is only accepted to satisty the core requirement for "PHY 540" for those students who already did a similar graduate course elsewhere. This has to be approved by a commitee appointed by the Graduate Program Director.
- Ismail Zahed wil teach PHY 503, "Mathematical Physics". This not a breadth course, but it is a great course for students who want to learn about complex functions, contour integration, asymptotic methods, topology as well as other chapters in mathematical physics.
- Hal Metcalf's PHY 514 "Research Instruments" will introduce the students to many experimental groups in the Department. This is a required course to MSI students, but many Ph.D. students may find it useful as well. (Not a breadth course.)
- PHY 684 by Edward Shuryak is a breadth course only for the following specialties: Astronomy, Accellerator Physics, AMO, X-ray,
Biophysics, High Energy Experiment, Mathematical Physics, Statistical Mechanics, String Theory. Students in condensed matter
and nuclear theory are strongly encouraged to take this course.
If you want to take a course, please do not plan to audit it, but register. Registration is important, because courses may be canceled if the number of registered students is too low. Please register for the Colloquium, especially if you are an advanced student, doing mostly research. Although it is still possible to do so this semester, please avoid registering with 0 credit. For the university you will then not be counted to the total number of registered students.

**August 19, 2008**- There is a minor change in the course requirements, and PHY 541 "Advanced Statistical Mechanics" will be accepted to satisfy the core requirement, equivalent to PHY 540 "Advanced Statistical Mechanics". From now on PHY 541 is offered in the Fall and PHY 540 is offered in the Spring.
- Sacha Abanov is going to teach PHY 503, "Mathematical Physics" again. This not a breadth course, but it is a great course for students who want to learn about complex functions, contour integration, asymptotic methods and a little bit of topology.
- Hal Metcalf's PHY 514 "Research Instruments" will introduce the students to many experimental groups in the Department. This is a required course to MSI students, but many Ph.D. students may find it useful as well. (Not a breadth course.)
- Peter van van Nieuwenhuizen's PHY 680, "Advanced Quantum Field Theory" will be offered MoWe 4:0OPM - 6:00PM, although the Solar listing is different. If you see cannot register to the course because of a time conflict with another course (due to the incorrect Solar times), please let me know, and I will help. Please note that this course is not a breadth course.
- Anand Sivaramakrishnan and Michal Simon will teach PHY 683, a special topic course in Astronomy. This course is accepted as a breadth course for non-astronomy students.

**November 28, 2007; updated January 16, 2008**- PHY 680.1 (Quantum Computing) - Breadth course, except for those doing Ph.D. in quantum computing
- PHY 680.2 (Biological Physics) - Breadth course, except for those doing Ph.D. in biology
- PHY 680.1 (Supersymmetry and Supergravity) - Not a breadth course
- PHY 556 (Solid State Physics II) is accepted only if you did not have PHY 555 as a breadth course.

**August. 30, 2007.**The Fall courses are posted on Solar and also on our WEB page, http://graduate.physics.sunysb.edu/Physics_Courses.html . Notice that there will be no PHY 540 (it will be offered in the Spring). We are planning to offer four "Special Topics" courses: PHY 680: Group Theory, PHY 682: Optics on Correlated Electrons, PHY 684: Accelerator Physics and PHY 688: Nuclear Astrophysics. Here are the rules in terms of breadth requirements:- PHY 680: Not a breadth course
- PHY 682: Breadth course, except for students in condensed matter
- PHY 684: Breadth course, except for students in accelerator physics
- PHY 688: Breadth course, except for students in astronomy or nuclear physics

**Dec. 6, 2006.**- PHY 680, Biological Physics: Breadth course, except for students in biology related areas.
- PHY 684, Accelerator Physics: Breadth course for all students, except those working in accelerator physics.

**Dec. 16, 2004.**- PHY 685, Nonlinear dynamics: Not a breadth course
- PHY 680.01, Biological Physics: Breadth course, except for students in biology related areas.
- PHY 680.02, Advanced QCD: Not a breadth course

**Aug 31, 2004.**- PHY 684.01, Topics in Nuclear Physics: Not a breadth course
- PHY 684.02, Accelerator Physics: Breadth course, except for students in experimental particle, nuclear and X-ray physics.
- PHY 684.03, Many-body Nuclear Physics: Not a breadth course

**Dec. 16, 2003.**"...Graduate students looking for breadth courses should look at http://graduate.physics.sunysb.edu and scroll down to the relevant table (it is reproduced at the end of this message, but may not be readable on your computer). We will have an excellent selection of courses offered in the Spring semester: PHY 523, Galaxies (Aaron) PHY 551, Nuclear (Pietralla) PHY 556 Solid state II (Allen) PHY 565, Quantum electronics (Metcalf) PHY 683, Radiation (Kirz) These courses can be taken for 0-3 credits. I want to emphasize that students taking the course for zero credits should do all the work, and do all exams just as the students taking it for credit. In order for a breadth course to count you will need a final grade of B or better. Do not hesitate to contact Diane, Pat or me if you have any questions...."