Degree Requirements

Ph.D. in Applied Physics (with bachelor's degree)

Course Work 1
PHYS 611Adv Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 621Classical Electrodynamic3
R755 631Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 641Statistical Mechanics3
PHYS 721Classical Electrodynamics II3
PHYS 731Quantum Mechanics II3
Two physics courses6
Electives15
PHYS 790Doct Dissertation & Res36
PHYS 791Doctoral Seminar 20
Total Credits75
1

No less than 12 credits must be at the 700 level. 

2

All doctoral students must enroll in each semester, including each semester they are enrolled in .

Ph.D. in Applied Physics (with master's degree)

(54 credits)

Course Work 1
PHYS 611Adv Classical Mechanics 23
PHYS 621Classical Electrodynamic 23
PHYS 641Statistical Mechanics 23
R755 631Quantum Mechanics 23
PHYS 721Classical Electrodynamics II3
PHYS 731Quantum Mechanics II3
Electives9
PHYS 790Doct Dissertation & Res36
PHYS 791Doctoral Seminar 30
Total Credits63
1

No less than 12 credits must be at the 700 level. 

2

Can be replaced by other courses for students with M.S. degrees who have taken these courses in the master's program.

3

All doctoral students must enroll in PHYS 791 Doctoral Seminar each semester, including each semester they are enrolled in PHYS 790 Doct Dissertation & Res.

Qualifying Examination and Research Examination

The student must pass a written qualifying examination and oral research examination. The written qualifying examination is administered yearly to test general academic preparation and competence for research in applied physics. Within one year after passing the written qualifying examination, the student is required to pass the oral qualifying examination to achieve Ph.D. candidacy, in which the prospective Ph.D. candidate presents a preliminary research proposal for approval by the dissertation committee. The student will be allowed two attempts to pass the written or oral qualifying examination.

Dissertation and Defense

An oral presentation and defense of the doctoral dissertation is required. A five-member committee, chaired by the dissertation advisor, must approve the content and presentation of the dissertation research.