Overview

  • Master's requirements
    • Five required courses: Experimental Physics 805, Mathematical Methods of Physics 931, Theoretical Mechanics 939, Electromagnetic Theory 941, Quantum Mechanics 943
    • Either
      • 9 additional credits of coursework plus six credit hours of Master's thesis work and an oral thesis defense OR
      • 15 additional credits of coursework including a research project and an oral exam in the form of a seminar OR
      • 15 additional credits of coursework plus passing the written comprehensive and the oral qualifying exams (for students in the Ph.D. program only).
  • Ph.D. requirements
    • Eight required core courses: Experimental Physics 805, Mathematical Methods of Physics 931, Statistical Physics 935, Theoretical Mechanics 939, Electromagnetic Theory 941-42, Quantum Mechanics 943-44, as well as two semesters of Physics 806 Introduction to Physics Research & Teaching, taken during the first year in the program.
    • Four additional 3 credit courses of which 2 may be at the 800 level. For Space Science students, students, these courses must include Plasma Physics 951, Magnetohydrodynamics of the Heliosphere 953, and one of Magnetospheres 987, Heliospheric and Galactic Physics 954.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in teaching.
    • Passing the written comprehensive exam.
    • Passing an oral qualifying exam on a thesis proposal.
    • A minimum of two semesters of Doctoral Research (999).
    • Passing the oral thesis defense.