MS and PhD in Physics

The Department of Physics offers programs leading to the MS and PhD degrees. Program objectives are to assist students in gaining an understanding of physics sufficiently broad to form a basis for independent research, as well as to give the student the experience of doing significant research under the guidance of a mature scientist.

Graduate study is designed to represent the discipline as broadly as possible and to enable students to learn the principles and general methods used in problem solving and in research. Areas of specialization are particle physics, condensed matter physics, and atomic, molecular and optical physics, and both theoretical and experimental approaches are utilized.

After completing this program, students should:

  • have mastery of the foundational areas of Physics, which are: Classical Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Electrodynamics and Quantum Mechanics/Quantum Field Theory
  • have a strong working knowledge of Mathematical and Computational Methods necessary to understand and apply these techniques to a chosen areas of research
  • know key concepts in a chosen areas and apply them, together with the fundamental principles, in their future careers in the analysis and solution of either academic or practical problems
  • understand modern experimental techniques if they have chosen an experimental career path


Related Web Sites

Department of Physics

Physics Program Information (MS)

Physics Program Information (PhD)



John Perdew
Graduate Chair

Jackie Farley 
Graduate Administrator