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PROGRAM INFORMATION
This program emphasizes the practical, engineering applications of theoretical and fundamental physical concepts. The program encompasses the areas of laser physics, materials physics, computational physics, environmental physics and sensors, biomedical physics and imaging science.

Accreditation:
Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

DEGREE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The program requires a total of 57 credit hours distributed as follows:

1.              Core courses: (all 6 required)

Physics Graduate Programs & Requirements from the 2015/2016 Graduate Catalog

a) PHZ 5115

Mathematical Methods I

3

b) PHY 6346

Electricity and Magnetism I

3

c) PHY 6645

Quantum Mechanics I

3

d) PHY 6646

Quantum Mechanics II

3

d) PHY 6536

Statistical Mechanics

3

f)  PHZ 7940

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2.              Laboratory experience: 0–1 classes:
This may be met, for example, by submitting an experimental thesis or dissertation, by: an approved graduate‐ level elective; submitting an experimental thesis or dissertation; or through sufficiently rigorous relevant experience (e.g., prior courses, industrial employment, etc.). Contact the program for a current list of approved courses.

3.              Computational experience: 0–1 classes
This may be met, for example, by the following: an approved graduate‐level elective; submitting a computational thesis or dissertation; or through sufficiently rigorous relevant experience (e.g., prior graduate or undergraduate courses, industrial employment, etc.). Contact the program for a current list of approved courses.

4.              Electives:
At least an additional 4 graduate‐level classes, of which at least 2 are in Physics
Any graduate‐level classes (excluding research and seminars) not used to fulfill other requirements. Contact the program for a current list of approved courses.

5.            Doctoral Qualifying Examination:
The Doctoral Qualifying Examination consists of two parts: the Credentials Certification and the Dissertation Proposal. Following successful completion of these two parts, the student may submit the paperwork for doctoral candidacy. The student's presentation of the Dissertation Proposal may occur at any time after successful completion of the Credentials Certification.

  • Credentials Certification– The student, in consultation with his/her research advisor, will assemble a supervisory committee consistent with the rules of the Office of Graduate Studies. It is the responsibility of the supervisory committee to evaluate the student's academic and research accomplishments and potential according to departmental standards and, if these are met, to certify that the student may proceed to the next step. Contact the department for details.
  • Dissertation Proposal- To become a PhD Candidate, the student must present a written dissertation proposal and successfully defend that proposal to the supervisory committee. Contact the department for details. General Guidelines for Dissertation Proposal.

6.              Dissertation:
The candidate will conduct original and significant research, describe that research and the results in a doctoral dissertation and defend that dissertation in an oral presentation to the supervisory committee. The defense is open to the public and must be scheduled according to the regulations of the Graduate School.

Requirements:
Core courses in theoretical and applied areas
Lab or computer training
Electives
Industrial Practicum
Dissertation Research


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