Applied Physics of Combat Systems - Curriculum 533

Combat Systems Web Page:

https://www.nps.edu/web/physics

Program Officer

CDR Richard Arledge

Watkins Hall, Room 107

(831) 656-2033, DSN 756-2033

rkarledg@nps.edu

Associate Chairman, Instruction and Administration

Christopher Smithtro, Ph.D.

Code PH/Sc, Spanagel Hall, Room 206A

(831) 656-3939, DSN 756-3939

cgsmitht@nps.edu

Brief Overview

This program is designed to meet the needs of the military services for an officer having a broad-based advanced technical education applicable to combat systems design, development, test and evaluation, acquisition, operation, and support. The student does not necessarily earn a degree in Combat Systems. The majority of students earn a degree in Physics or Applied Physics. Degrees in Engineering Acoustics and Combat Systems Technology are also available on a space available basis. Included in the core of the program are courses on electromagnetic radiation, applied optics, optoelectronics, servo and computer control systems, explosives and warheads, fluid dynamics of weapons, combat simulation, underwater acoustics, semiconductor devices, detection and engagement elements, combat systems integration, and computing resources for advanced combat systems. The officer will also conduct thesis research on a military-relevant technical problem.

Requirements for Entry

A baccalaureate degree with mathematics through differential and integral calculus and a calculus-based basic physics sequence are required for direct input. Courses in the physical sciences and engineering are highly desirable. An APC of 323 is required.

Entry Date

Standard entry dates are January and July. Other entry dates are possible by special arrangement with the program officer. If further information is needed, contact the Academic Associate or Program Officer for this curriculum.

Degree

A student can earn one of the following degrees in the Applied Physics of Combat Systems curriculum (533): Master of Science in Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Acoustics, or Combat System Technology. Required classes vary by degree.

Subspecialty

The Applied Physics of Combat Systems curriculum has options ranging from an accelerated four-quarter program for students ready to commence graduate-level courses, to a standard eight-quarter course of study for students who require a review of undergraduate coursework. Completion of the full eight-quarter curriculum qualifies an officer as an Applied Physics of Combat Systems sub-specialist with a subspecialty code of 5701-5705P depending on specialization track. U.S. Navy students entering the curriculum through the one-year Immediate Graduate Education Program (IGEP) receive a sub-specialty code of 5701-5704I. The curriculum sponsor is the Program Executive Officer, Integrated Weapons Systems (PEO-IWS).

Typical Subspecialty Assignments

 

Combat Systems, Weapons, Plans and Tactics, or Operations Officer

Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Los Alamos, NM

DOE National Nuclear Security Agency, Washington, DC

Fleet and Type Commander Combat Systems Officers

Missile Defense Agency, Washington, DC

Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC

Naval Surface Warfare Center - White Sands, NM, Dahlgren, VA, or Port Hueneme, CA

Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, CA

OPNAV N95/96/97/98 - Resource Sponsor / Requirements Officer

Program Executive Officer Carriers, Washington, DC

Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic or Pacific

Supervisor Shipbuilding - Groton, Newport News, Bath, or Pascagoula

United States Naval Academy or United States Military Academy (military faculty)

Warfare Tactics Instructor

Typical Course of Study - Applied Physics Option

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
PH1994Special Topics in Elementary Physics

4

1

PH1995Special Topics in Elementary Physics

4

1

PH2151Particle Mechanics

4

1

PH2001Research Seminar in Physics

1

0

Quarter 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
PH3152Analytical Mechanics

4

0

PH3996Special Topics in Intermediate Physics

V

0

PH3991Theoretical Physics

4

1

PH0999Physics Colloquium

0

1

Quarter 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
PH2013Introductory Applied Physics Laboratory

3

4

PH2351Electromagnetism

4

1

PH2652Modern Physics

4

1

PH3782Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

4

0

PH0999Physics Colloquium

0

1

Quarter 4

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
Concentration Course

PC3014Intermediate Applied Physics Laboratory

3

4

PH3352Electromagnetic Waves

4

0

PH3655Semiconductor Device Physics

4

0

PH3011Thesis Proposal Preparation

1

0

Quarter 5

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
Concentration Course

PC3172Physics of Weapons Systems: Fluid Dynamics of Weapons, Shock Waves, Explosions

4

2

PC4015Advanced Applied Physics Laboratory

3

4

PH4656Quantum Mechanics

4

1

PH0999Physics Colloquium

0

1

Quarter 6

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
Concentration Course

PC3200Physics of Electromagnetic Sensors and Photonic Devices

4

1

PC3800Survey of the Effects of Weapons

4

0

PC4860Advanced Weapons Concepts

4

1

PH0999Physics Colloquium

0

1

Quarter 7

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
ELECTElective

Concentration Course

PH0810Thesis Research

0

8

PH0810Thesis Research

0

8

PH0999Physics Colloquium

0

1

Quarter 8

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
PH0810Thesis Research

0

8

PH0810Thesis Research

0

8

PC3400Survey of Underwater Acoustics

4

2

PC4022Combat Systems Capabilities

4

0

PH4001Physics Thesis Presentation

1

0

Joint Professional Military Education (JPME):

All Unrestricted Line Naval Officers are required to take the following four courses for JPME; these courses are normally added to the matrix in the first 4 quarters:

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NW3230Strategy & War

4

2

NW3275Joint Maritime Operations - part 1

4

0

NW3276Joint Maritime Operations - part 2

2

2

NW3285Theater Security Decision Making

4

0

Engineering Duty Officers and students from other services are not required to take JPME courses.

Concentration Areas:

NOTE: Final approval of an individual student's degree rests with the Chairman of the cognizant department.