Feb 28, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Physics, Ph.D.


Degree Requirements


Candidates for the Ph.D. degree must satisfactorily complete eight core courses, four elective graduate courses in physics or astrophysics, and at least 48 credit hours of graduate courses in total. Students typically take the core sequence of courses during their first two years, and may take electives during their second and later years, according to their interests and in consultation with their research adviser.

Elective Courses (12 Credit Hours)


A list of courses outside the department which have proven useful as physics electives can found in the Physics Department Graduate Student Handbook.

Research Courses (12 Credit Hours)


After completing core courses and electives, students typically sign up for 8000-level research courses under their adviser until reaching the required 48 credit hours. No more than 12 credit hours can be in dissertation courses. Courses that are available to meet the needs of the student, in consultation with their adviser, are as follows:

Comprehensive Qualifying Exam


In order to advance to Ph.D. candidacy, students must pass a comprehensive qualifying exam in the form of a four-part written exam on the topics of Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Electrodynamics, and Statistical Mechanics. Exams are given annually, usually just prior to the start of the spring semester. Students are allowed two attempts to pass all four sections and must do so before the beginning of their fourth semester.

Total: 48 Credit Hours