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The applied physics program offers students the opportunity to receive a doctorate while focusing on areas of research outside of those covered by the traditional fundamental physics program.

The interdisciplinary curriculum for this degree includes a core of foundation physics courses. You'll also take a selection of graduate courses in associated science and engineering fields relevant to your research specialization.

The doctorate in applied physics curriculum includes:

  • PHYS 601
  • PHYS 603
  • PHYS 606
  • PHYS 607
  • PHYS 615
  • One graduate-level course in Classical or Quantum Physics (see graduate advisor for options)
  • Four elective courses, chosen in consultation with the student's committee, (with the exceptions of PHYS 666, undergraduate courses and PHYS 685)

The Department of Physics and Astronomy recommends that all graduate students serve as teaching assistants for at least two semesters.

Ph.D. in Applied Physics Program Requirements

Steps to Fulfill a Doctoral Program