Physics, PhD

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2019-2020. Learn more about Graduate College Academic Regulation 7.0.

Total Hours: 60 Hours (Beyond the Master's Degree)

Required Courses
PHYS 5113Statistical Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory3
PHYS 5213Statistical Mechanics3
PHYS 5313Electromagnetic Theory3
PHYS 5413Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 5453Methods of Theoretical Physics3
PHYS 5613Quantum Mechanics I3
PHYS 6313Quantum Mechanics II3
Hours Subtotal21
Electives 1
Select a minimum of 9 hours of PHYS 5000- or 6000-level courses:9
Hours Subtotal9
Research 1
PHYS 6000 (Offered for variable credit, 1-15 credit hours, maximum of 60 credit hours.)30
Hours Subtotal30
Total Hours60

Total Hours: 72 Hours (Beyond the Bachelor's Degree)

Required Courses
PHYS 5113Statistical Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory3
PHYS 5213Statistical Mechanics3
PHYS 5313Electromagnetic Theory3
PHYS 5413Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 5453Methods of Theoretical Physics3
PHYS 5613Quantum Mechanics I3
PHYS 6313Quantum Mechanics II3
Hours Subtotal21
Electives 2
Select a minimum of 9 hours of PHYS 5000- or 6000-level courses:9
Hours Subtotal9
Research 2
PHYS 6000 (Offered for variable credit, 1-15 credit hours, maximum of 60 credit hours.)42
Hours Subtotal42
Total Hours72

General Graduate College Requirements

  • A minimum Grade-Point-Average of 3.00 is required
  • A minimum Grade of "C" is required in all degree applicable courses
  • No courses utilizing the Pass-No Pass grading system are permitted
  • GRAD 5082 or GRAD 5092 may not be used to meet degree requirements

Additional Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.) Requirements

  • 90 credits beyond the Bachelor's degree, 60 credits beyond the Master's degree are required
  • At least seventy-five percent of coursework on the Plan of Study must include 5000 and 6000 level courses
  • A minimum of 15 hours at the 6000 level with a grade of SR for the doctoral dissertation must be complete.  The maximum number of dissertation hours (6000 with a grade of SR) permissible on a Plan of Study must not exceed three-fourths of the total credit hours in the approved graduate degree program
  • Credit for all courses on a graduate Plan of Study must have been awarded within 10 years of completion of all degree requirements
  • A minimum of 30 in-residence credit hours are required
  • Non-Course requirements:
    • Doctoral Candidacy
    • Dissertation Defense
    • Dissertation Submission/Approval