Physics Ph.D.

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Physics Ph.D.

Physics Ph.D. Degree Requirements

  • Eight required core courses: Experimental Physics 805 (or equivalent demonstrated experimental proficiency), 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.
    Graduate Electives
    Phys 951 Plasma Physics (Spring - odd years)
    Phys 953 Magnetohydrodynamics of the Heliosphere (Fall - odd years)
    Phys 954 Heliospheric & Galactic Physics (Spring - even years)
    Phys 961 Advanced Quantum Mechanics I (Fall - even years)
    Phys 962 Advanced Quantum Mechanics II
    Phys 965 Advanced Solid State Physics (Fall - odd years)
    Phys 987 Magnetospheres (Fall - even years)
  • 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.