Physics - Doctor of Philosophy

For the Ph.D. degree, students must also pass the doctoral comprehensive examination, carry out original research, complete a dissertation, and pass a final oral examination. They must also pass or transfer at least 36 credits in formal courses numbered above 500 in physics/geophysics, including 24 credits of core graduate courses, and complete at least 6 credits of formal courses numbered above 600. The total number of credits, including formal and informal course credits and a minimum of 18 dissertation credits, must be at least 72. Financial support is available to graduate students in physics through teaching and research assistantships and fellowships. Inquiries about these opportunities should be directed to the graduate program director.


Prefix Title Credits
Core Courses
PHYS 511Mathematical Methods of Physics I3
PHYS 551Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 554Quantum Mechanics I3
PHYS 555Quantum Mechanics II3
PHYS 561Electromagnetic Theory I3
PHYS 562Electromagnetic Theory II3
PHYS 576Advanced Computational Physics I3
PHYS 584Statistical Mechanics3
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Advanced Experimental Optics3
Advanced Physics Laboratory3
Advanced Experimental Nuclear Physics3
Total Credits27