Typical Course of Study

Our students choose from two Ph.D  trajectories:

  1. Our conventional Ph.D. consists of two years of advanced physics coursework and lab rotations, followed by thesis research
  2. Our Industrial Leadership in Physics (ILP) program consists of advanced physics and business courses and an industrial internship, followed by thesis research

In the first year, all students take the same course sequence. The curriculum diverges the second year: ILP students taking some business classes while standard-track students continuing with advanced physics courses. Both groups of students take an elective in their second year. This allows students to focus on their intended research area.

Sample Coursework

 

Standard Physics Track

Industrial Leadership Track

Fall of Year 1

  • Colloquium (PHYS-501)
  • Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS-505)
  • Statistical Mechanics (PHYS-507)
  • Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS-509)
  • Integrated Experience
    Conducted during exam period
  • Colloquium  (PHYS-501)
  • Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS-505)
  • Statistical Mechanics (PHYS-507)
  • Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS-509)
  • Integrated Experience
    Conducted during exam period

Spring of Year 1

  • Colloquium (PHYS-502)
  • Quantum Mechanics II (PHYS-506)
  • Computational Techniques (PHYS-508)
  • Solid State Physics I (PHYS-510)
  • Integrated Experience
    Conducted during exam period
  • Colloquium (PHYS-502)
  • Quantum Mechanics II (PHYS-506)
  • Computational Techniques (PHYS-508)
  • Solid State Physics I (PHYS-510)
  • Integrated Experience
    Conducted during exam period

Summer

  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Mid-summer
  • 1 Physics Lab Rotation (Non-Credit)
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Mid-summer
  • 1 Physics Lab Rotation (Non-Credit)

Fall of Year 2

  • Dynamic Processes in Biological Physics (PHYS-511)
  • Electrodynamics & Optics (PHYS-513)
  • 2 Physics Lab Rotations  (PHYS-535 & -537)
  • Principles of Accounting (ACCT-395-01)
  • 2 Physics Lab Rotations  (PHYS-535 & -538)

Spring of Year 2

  • Electromagnetic Radiation (PHYS-511)
  • Soft Condensed Matter (PHYS-519)
  • Thesis Research (PHYS-999-03)
  • Fundamentals of Finance (FINC-395)
  • Sensors & Digital Electronics (PHYS-517)

Students conduct thesis research once they complete their coursework. In our Ph.D. program, students take courses in advanced physics as well as additional specialized courses that match the goals of their scientific careers. Students who choose to participate in the ILP track will participate in an industrial apprenticeship. After which students will apply that research towards their dissertation.