Physics, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in physics are set in general terms to allow the individual student as much freedom as possible to prepare a course of study suited to individual needs. These requirements are: competence in standard topics of graduate-level physics indicated by a satisfactory performance on a qualifying examination; attendance in a departmental research seminar; the giving of an oral Preliminary Research Presentation demonstrating the ability to organize and orally present a topic of current research interest in physics; a paper showing the student's ability to organize and present a written scholarly report on contemporary research prior to candidacy; advanced course study outside the student's field of specialization consisting of two advanced courses (six credits), at least one of which must be a physics course at the 700 level or above; PHYS624 or PHYS625 for students with theoretical theses; and research competence through active participation in at least two hours of seminar, 12 hours of thesis research, and the presentation and defense of an original dissertation.

Course Title Credits
PHYS624Advanced Quantum Mechanics 13
or PHYS625 Non-relativistic Quantum Mechanics
Select two courses (700 or 800 level) outside of specialization
Non-credit Foundations and Frontiers of Physics seminar
Select two semesters of a physics seminar course
Pass the qualifying exam
Give a Preliminary Research presentation after passing the qualifying exam
Submit a scholarly paper
Dissertation Research Requirements
PHYS899Doctoral Dissertation Research12
Total Credits15