Degree Requirements

Credit requirements, degree options, time limits, examinations, and other requirements vary by degree. See

Course Requirements

Certain courses are considered foundational for all students seeking MS or PhD degrees in physics or a PhD in engineering physics, irrespective of intended research specialty. Course work is not limited to preparation for specific research work, but has been selected to provide a general physics education to act as a foundation for future study and a career in physics or engineering physics. A grade of B or better is officially required for all MS and PhD graduate students in the following core courses (15 credits):

Core Courses

Core Courses(Credits)
PH5010Graduate Journal Club(1)
PH5110Classical Mechanics(2)
PH5210Electrodynamics I(3)
PH5310Statistical Methods(3)
PH5320Mathematical Physics(3)
PH5410Quantum Mechanics I(3)

Physics, MS, PhD

In addition to core courses, a grade of B or better is required in at least two of the following courses for students seeking MS or PhD degrees in physics:

Disciplinary Electives

Disciplinary Electives
PH4395Computer Simulation in Physics
PH4610Stellar Astrophysics
PH4620Galactic Astrophysics
PH4630Particle Astrophysics
PH5211Electrodynamics II
PH5411Quantum Mechanics II
PH5510Theory of Solids
PH5520Materials Physics
PH5610High Energy Astrophysics
PH5640Atmospheric Physics
PH5680Atmospheric Fluid Dynamics

Exemptions from taking any of the required courses on the basis of prior graduate work are to be determined by the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee in consultation with the Department Chair.

Students prepare their initial course schedules with their program director. The student’s advisory committee determines additional course work needed, and early discussion with the committee in this regard is recommended.

Sample Schedule

This is not an official list of degree requirements.
Adjustments may be required due to curriculum changes.

Year 1

Fall SemesterSpring SemesterSummer Session
PH5410
Quantum Mechanics I (3)
PH5411
Quantum Mechanics II (3)
PH5000 or PH6000
Research (3)
PH5320
Mathematical Physics (3)
PH5010
Graduate Journal Club (1)
 
PH5310
Statistical Mechanics (3)
[or Classical Mechanics (2) in alternate years]
Graduate Core/Elective (0-3) 
 PH5920
Scientific Instrument Fabrication (2)
 

Year 2

Fall SemesterSpring SemesterSummer Session
PH5210
Electrodynamics I(3)
PH5211
Electrodynamics II (3)
PH5000 or PH6000
Research (3)
PH5110
Classical Mechanics (2)
[or Statistical Mechanics (3) in alternate years]
PH5510
Theory of Solids or
PH5520
Materials Physics (3)
(alternate years)
 
PH5950
Graduate Electronics for Scientists (3)
PH5250
Atomic & Molecular Physics (3)
 
PH5000 or PH6000
Research (6-9)
PH5000 or PH6000
Research (6-9)
 
Graduate Core/Elective (0-3)Graduate Core/Elective (0-3) 

Years 3–4

Fall SemesterSpring SemesterSummer Session
PH5000 or PH6000
Research (9-12)
PH5000 or PH6000
Research (9-12)
PH5000 or PH6000
Research (3)
Graduate Elective (0-3)Graduate Elective (0-3) 

Engineering Physics, PhD

In addition to core courses, a grade of B or better is required in at least three courses at the 400 level or higher, as well as at least one course at the 5000 level or higher, in the engineering physics student’s chosen area of specialization and as approved by the student’s advisory committee.

Additional courses may also be required by the student’s advisory committee. Early discussions with the committee are therefore highly recommended.

Typical Courses

This is not an official list of degree requirements.
Adjustments may be required due to curriculum changes.

EE4254 Image Processing
EE5340 Statistical Optics
EE5410 Engineering Electromagnetics
EE5430 Electronic Materials
EE5440 Laser Types, Laser Design, Modeling Techniques, and Nonlinear Optics
EE5460 Solid State Devices
EE5520 Fourier Optics
EE6410 Advanced Engineering Electromagnetics
EE6420 Interaction of Electromagnetic Waves and Materials
EE6450 Theory of Devices
EE6470 Thin Films

MY4530 Surfaces and Interfaces
MY4700 Electronic Properties of Materials
MY4710 Materials Science/Electronic Devices
MY5100/MY5110 Thermodynamics and Kinetics I & II
MY5400 Mechanical Behavior of Materials
MY5550 Solid Surfaces
MY6100 Computational Materials Science and Engineering
MY6110 Advanced Topics in Materials Processing
MY6200 Advanced Topics in Materials Characterization
MY6400 Advanced Topics in Mechanical Behavior of Materials

PH5211 Electrodynamics II
PH5411 Quantum Mechanics II
PH5510 Theory of Solids
PH5520 Materials Physics
PH5640 Atmospheric Physics
PH5680 Atmospheric Fluid Dynamics

Required courses will be listed and verified at least one semester before the final oral defense is scheduled to take place.