The physics department has established a Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Physics. By choosing this program, your Ph.D. degree will still be in physics, but the five core courses you take in your first few years of graduate school can be tailored towards a quicker entry into an emerging interdisciplinary area of research. Areas of specialization include: Nano and Materials Physics, Biophysics, Geophysics, Plasma Science, Laser Science, Photonics, as well as other potential future areas of interest. This program also allows students to take core courses from departments outside of physics when appropriate, to better prepare them for cutting-edge research at the interface between different disciplines.
As is the case for our regular Ph.D. degree program, ten graduate courses are required for a Ph.D. Example courses sequences for the Applied Physics certificate program are given below. The Comprehensive Examination sequence for this certificate program is similar to that of our regular physics Ph.D. degree. Comps I consists of the topics covered in the 5 core courses in each area of specialization. The Comps II examination is based on a paper and presentation together with an oral examination. The formal thesis proposal (Comps III) is also the same as our regular physics degree program, consisting of a formal thesis proposal presentation to a faculty committee.
Please talk to the Chair for the Certificate in Applied Physics (currently Professor Charles Rogers) if you are interested in this program. The Chair will help you to plan your program of studies.
Please review the Program Overview for more information.