Typical Course of Study

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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
(Year 1)

Integrated Experience 
(conducted during exam period)

Integrated Experience 
(conducted during exam period)

Spring
(Year 1)

Integrated Experience 
(conducted during exam period)

Integrated Experience 
(conducted during exam period)

Summer
(Year 1)

Physics Lab Rotation: 

  • 1 Physics Lab Rotation (Non-Credit) – if taking the Comprehensive Exam
  • 2 Physics Lab Rotation (Non-Credit) – if the student does not have to take the Comprehensive Exam

Physics Lab Rotation: 

  • 1 Physics Lab Rotation (Non-Credit) – if taking the Comprehensive Exam
  • 2 Physics Lab Rotation (Non-Credit) – if the student does not have to take the Comprehensive Exam
  •  
Fall
(Year 2)

2 – 3 Electives*:

*If you plan to take additional lab rotations in the Fall, you would choose 2 electives from above plus 2 Physics Lab Rotations (PHYS-535 & -537) or 1 Physics Lab Rotation and the Colloquium Course (PHYS-505)

1 Elective:

 

One Business/Finance Course:

Plus 2 Physics Lab Rotations
(PHYS-535 & -538)

Spring
(Year 2)

1-2 Electives:

Plus Thesis Research – 03 (PHYS 999-03)

One Business/Finance Course:

1 -2 Electives:

 

Plus Thesis Research – 03 (PHYS 999-03)

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.