Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Physics

The PhD degree in physics requires:

  1. Successful completion of a set of core physics courses;
  2. Demonstration of competency in written English;
  3. Presentation of a thesis proposal;
  4. Successful completion of set of courses in a `minor’ subject;
  5. a written PhD thesis

Students are admitted to candidacy why they have completed the first three steps above.  The core physics courses required by the School are devoted to coursework as follows:

First Semester
PHYS 6101Classical Mechanics I3
PHYS 6103Electromagnetism I3
PHYS 6105Quantum Mechanics I3
PHYS 6124Mathematical Methods of Physics I3
Second Semester
PHYS 6107Statistical Mechanics I3
PHYS 6104Electromagnetism II3
PHYS 6106Quantum Mechanics II3
PHYS 8901Special Problems3

The School requires every doctoral student to take two lecture-type graduate physics courses not including those previously listed. In some cases, these may be used to satisfy the Institute requirement that every doctoral student earn 9 credit hours in a minor course of study in a scientific subfield different from the subfield of their PhD thesis research. Alternatively, these credit hours are earned in a school other than physics. Finally, each student must prepare a written dissertation that summarizes the PhD research and present a public, oral defense of the dissertation to a Thesis Exam Committee.