Fisk-Vanderbilt
Masters-to-PhD Bridge Program
a joint program in astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, and materials science





Requirements

All students in the Masters-PhD Bridge program begin by completing the Masters degree in physics or biology at Fisk University. Upon completion of the Masters degree and for those students who have performed satisfactorily, the joint Fisk-Vanderbilt committee will then recommend to the Dean of the College of Arts and Science and the graduate committee of the Department of Physics and Astronomy or the Department of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt formal admission into the Vanderbilt PhD program.

Course Grids

Specific courses taken will vary somewhat depending on the level of undergraduate preparation and the specific area of study. However certain core course reuirements apply to all students. Core course requirement grids are provided here for Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics, and Materials Science.

Physics core courses

Fisk MA courses1

Vanderbilt PhD courses2

Mechanics/Dynamics (PHYS 541)

Mechanics/Dynamics (PHYS 305)

E&M I (PHYS 552)

E&M I (PHYS 329A)

 

E&M II (PHYS 329B)

Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS 542)

Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS 330A)

 

Quantum Mechanics II (PHYS 330B)

 

Statistical Mechanics (PHYS 341)

 

Graduate Seminar (PHYS 300)

Astronomy core courses

Fisk MA courses1

Vanderbilt PhD courses2

Mechanics/Dynamics (PHYS 541)

Mechanics/Dynamics (PHYS 305)

E&M I (PHYS 552)

E&M I (PHYS 329A)

Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS 542)

Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS 330A)

 

Statistical Mechanics (PHYS 341)

 

Radiative Processes (ASTR 310)

 

Stellar Astrophysics (ASTR 352)

 

Order of Magnitude (ASTR 355)

 

Graduate Seminar (PHYS 300)

Chemistry core courses

Fisk MA courses1

Vanderbilt PhD courses2

Chemistry colloquium (CHEM 501/502) [1 cr]

 

Teaching in Chemistry (CHEM 582) [4 cr]

 

Select 4 courses below [12 cr] from at least two of the five areas: (1) Analytical Chemistry, (2) Biochemistry, (3) Inorganic Chemistry, (4) Organic Chemistry, (5) Physical Chemistry

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 516)

 

Advanced Analytical Chemistry (CHEM 520)

Advanced Analytical Chem I (CHEM 311)

Structural Chemistry (CHEM 530)

 

Advanced Organic Chemistry (CHEM 535)

 

Reactions of Organic Compounds (CHEM 538)

 

Synthetic Organic Chemistry (CHEM 539)

 

Advanced Physical Chemistry I (CHEM 545)

 

Advanced Physical Chemistry II (CHEM 546)

 

Molecular Spectroscopy (CHEM 547)

Spectroscopy (CHEM 339)

Special Topics (CHEM 581/582)

 

Interdisciplinary Materials Science core courses

Fisk MA courses1

Vanderbilt PhD courses2

 

Atomic Arrangements of Solids (MSE 310)

 

Materials Chemistry (CHEM 350)

 

Thermodynamics (PHYS 223)

 

Physics of Condensed Matter (PHYS 254)

1 MA degree at Fisk requires at least 21 credit hours of graduate level coursework and 3-6 credit hours of research credits (Fisk course number 591 or 592). Up to 6 credit hours of approved undergraduate courses may be applied toward graduate credit. A total of 30 credit hours are required. After 30 credit hours are earned, Thesis Prep (Fisk course number 599) may be used to maintain full-time status. Fisk graduate courses are numbered 500-599.
2 Vanderbilt graduate courses are numbered 300-399. Vanderbilt undergraduate courses that may be approved for graduate credit are generally numbered 250-299, but some courses numbered 200-249 may also be counted, with approval.

 

The following is a sample physics curriculum that allows a student to finish the Masters degree in three semesters while finishing the core requirements for the Ph.D. in five semesters.

YEAR 1
YEAR 2
YEAR 3
Fall Semester
Fall Semester
Fall Semester
Elective *
3 cr
Elective *
3 cr
Elective$
9 cr
Fisk 501+
Math Methods
4 cr
Fisk 559+++
Materials/ 581 Adv Exp
4 cr
   
Fisk 541+
Classical Mech
4 cr
Fisk 591#
Research
3 cr
   
Fisk 583++
Seminar
1 cr
       
  
Spring Semester
Spring Semester
Spring Semester
Elective *
3 cr
Elective$
3 cr
Elective$
6 cr
Fisk 542+
Quantum
4 cr
Vand 329B+
Electricity, Mag
3 cr
Vand 341+
Statistical Mech
3 cr
Fisk 552+
Electricity, Mag
4 cr
Vand 330B+
Quantum
3 cr
   
Fisk 584++
Seminar
1 cr

*  This elective can be chosen from upper level undergraduate classes. A maximum of 9 undergraduate credits can be counted toward the Fisk Masters. A total of 30 credits is required for the Masters.

+  This course counts toward the Vanderbilt core courses requirements. A minimum of a B average in core courses and no more than one B- is allowed.

++  Fisk 583 or 584 replaces Vanderbilt 300A.

+++  Any Graduate level elective course at Fisk or Vanderbilt will satisfy this requirement.

#  Vanderbilt Phys 369 or Astr 369 may be substituted.

$  The Vanderbilt PhD requires a total of 72 credit hours of which 36 must be formal course work (not research, dissertation, or thesis hours). This must include 24 hours of formal course work taken at Vanderbilt. .

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NSF logoThis material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. HRD-0930018, HRD-1110924, and AST-1358862. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.