Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Concentration: Physics

The PhD program in Physics is a research program that offers research opportunities in condensed matter and solid state physics, high energy physics, nano-physics, plasma physics and controlled fusion, applied nuclear science, medical and biophysics, astrophysics, and atomic and molecular physics. A PhD student is required to complete as minimum requirements 24 CH of course work and 30 CH in thesis research in addition to passing a comprehensive exam and defending his/her thesis research findings.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Will demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Will have performed and defended an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge.
  • Will be able to identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Will be able to communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Will be able to identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
  • Will demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 54 hours

Program Requirements:

Part 1: General Requirements (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COSC701Research Methods II1.000
COSC702Ethics of Scientific Research II1.000
COSS711Seminar I1.000
COSS722Seminar II1.000
COSS733Journal Club1.000

Part 2: Concentration Requirements (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PHYS705Quantum Physics II3.000
PHYS722Solid State Physics II3.000
PHYS730Electrodynamics II3.000

Part 3: Elective Requirements (Any 9 credit hours of the following courses, or other approved graduate courses of 600 level or above according to the study plan.) (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PHYS715Synthesis, Characteristics & Applications of Nanomaterials3.000
PHYS720Quantum Field Theory I3.000
PHYS724Computational Physics3.000
PHYS735Quantum Theory of Polymers3.000
PHYS755Physics of NonIdeal Plasmas3.000
PHYS778Advanced Magnetic Resonance3.000
PHYS771Physics & Engineering of Radiation Detection3.000
PHYS780Quantum Field Theory II3.000
PHYS782Standard Model of Particle Physics3.000
PHYS790Particle Physics Phenomenology3.000
PHYS795Advanced Topics in Particle Theory3.000
PHYS733Seminar III1.000
PHYS798Selected Topics II3.000

Part 4: Qualification Requirements (0.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COSC800Comprehensive Exam0.000
COSR810Research Proposal0.000

Part 5: Research Requirements (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COSR900Dissertation Research  10.000
COSD910Dissertation Defense0.000
1 : Min CH:0 and Max CH:36