Graduate Studies - Courses & Timeline

PhD Physics

August Qualifiers

Free attempts on any exam.

Fall semester of first year

PHYS 5013 Math Methods
PHYS 5153 Classical Mechanics
PHYS 5393 Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 5001 Intro to Graduate Research

January Qualifiers

Free attempt on any exam not yet taken.

Spring Semester

PHYS 5163 Statistical Mechanics
PHYS 5403 Quantum Mechanics II
PHYS 5573 Electrodynamics I

August Qualfiers

Required to take CSM and QM exams

Fall Semester of second year

PHYS 5583 Electrodynamics II
Graduate elective
Graduate elective

January Qualifiers

Required to take any two exams

Spring semester

Graduate elective
Graduate elective
Graduate elective

August Qualifiers

Must have attempted all exams once.

Fall & Spring semesters of third year

Student must complete General Exam for candidacy (a.k.a. “Specialist Exam”) before the first semester of their fourth year.

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