Overview

The physics department has established Tracks in Applied Physics and Applied Science. By choosing this program, your Ph.D. degree will still be in physics, but the five course 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. Correspondingly, each subdiscipline requires specialized courses that assure proficiency in the subdiscipline, and guided elective choices. 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 disciplines.

To join this program, you must complete the Applied Physics and Sciences Tracks Interest Form before the end of your 3rd semester of graduate study.

Applied Physics Tracks

For each track of study, there are three categories of courses.

  • Comps I courses - must be completed to take the Comps II exam.
  • Required Elective Courses - additional required courses for each track
  • Elective Courses - must be chosen from the given track list. Contact the Track Coordinator or Associate Chair if you have questions or requests regarding the electives or evolving course numbers. 3 credit hours can be outside of this elective list.

Coordinator: Loren Hough

I) Comps 1 courses    

  • PHYS 5250 - Quantum Mechanics 1
  • PHYS 7310 - Electromagnetic Theory 1
  • PHYS 7230 - Statistical Mechanics
  • CHEM 5771 - Advanced General Biochemistry

II) Required electives    

  • PHYS 4560 - Introduction to Biophysics

III) Elective courses to bring total to 30 credits:    
Note 18/30 of your credit hours must be in PHYS courses. 3 credit hours can be outside of this list.   

  • PHYS 4550 - Cells, Molecules and Tissues: A Biophysical Approach
  • PHYS 5160 - Fundamentals of Optics and Lasers 
  • PHYS 5260 - Quantum Mechanics 2 
  • PHYS 7240 - Advanced Statistical Mechanics 
  • PHYS 7320 - Electromagnetic Theory 2 
  • PHYS 5030 - Math Methods 1
  • BCHM 5776 - Scientific Ethics (1 credit seminar course) 
  • CHEM 5781 - Advanced General Biochemistry 2 (5 credits) 
  • CHEM 5801 - Advanced Signal Transduction 
  • MCDB 5520 - Bioinformatics and Genomics 
  • MCDB 5550 - Cellular and molecular motion, a biophysical approach (proposed)
  • BCHM 5400 - Core Concepts in Physical Chemistry for Biochemists

Please refer to biofrontiers certificate requirements when choosing electives (if you are also participating in this program).

Coordinator: Margaret Murnane

I) Comps 1 courses
At least three of the following four courses from this list

  • PHYS 5250 - Quantum Mechanics 1
  • PHYS 5260 - Quantum Mechanics 2
  • PHYS 7310 - Electromagnetic Theory 1
  • PHYS 7320 - Electromagnetic Theory 2

II) Required electives    

  • ECEN 5696 - Fourier Optics (required pre-requisite for Computational Optical Imaging)
  • ECEN 5126 - Computational Optical Imaging

III) Elective courses to bring total to 30 credits:    
Note 18/30 of your total credit hours must be in PHYS courses.    
See the track coordinator if you wish to have additional courses considered as approved electives. 3 credit hours can be outside of this list. 
   

  • PHYS 5210 - Theoretical Mechanics 
  • PHYS 5606 - Optics Laboratory 
  • PHYS 7230 - Statistical Mechanics 
  • PHYS 7440 - Theory of the Solid State 1 
  • PHYS 7650 - Nonlinear and Nano Optics 
  • PHYS 7660 - Ultrafast Optics 
  • PHYS 7810 - Special Topics in Physics: EUV Science and Technology 
  • APPM 5600, 5610 - Numerical Analysis 1, 2 
  • CSCI 5254 - Convex Optimization and its Applications 
  • CSCI 5922 - Neural Networks and Deep Learning 
  • ECEN 5156 - Physical Optics 
  • ECEN 5532 - Digital Signal Processing Laboratory 
  • ECEN 5616 - Optoelectronic System Design 
  • ECEN 5632 - Introduction to Digital Filters 
  • ECEN 5672 - Digital Image Processing 
  • ECEN 5696 - Fourier Optics 
  • ECEN 6006 - Numerical Methods in Photonics
  • PHYS 5160 - Fundamentals of Optics and Lasers

Coordinator: Graeme Smith

I) Comps 1 courses    
Required:    

  • PHYS 5250, 5260 - Quantum Mechanics 1 & 2
  • PHYS  7310 - Electromagnetic Theory 1

One from this list (more can be taken as electives, see below):    

  • PHYS 7320 - Electromagnetic Theory 2
  • PHYS 7230 - Statistical Mechanics
  • PHYS  5210 - Classical Mechanics

II) Required electives    
Required:    

  • PHYS 7570 - Quantum Information and Computing

Two from this list:    

  • PHYS 7560 - Quantum Optics
  • PHYS 7250 - Many-Body Theory
  • PHYS 7550 - Atomic and Molecular Spectra
  • PHYS 7270 - QFT I
  • PHYS 7280 - Advanced Quantum Mechanics

III) Elective courses to bring total to 30 credits:  
Note 18/30 of your credit hours must be in PHYS courses. 3 credit hours can be outside of this list. 

  • Any PHYS Graduate course (5000 level or higher)    
  • ECEN  5696 - Fourier Optics
  • ECEN 5634 - Microwave Lab
  • CSCI  5922 - Neural Networks and Deep Learning
  • CSCI 5254 - Convex Optimization and Its Applications
  • CSCI 5266 - Machine Learning
  • ECEN 5156 - Physical Optics
  • ECEN 5616 - Optoelectronic System Design
  • ECEN 5645 - Introduction to Optical Electronics
  • ECEN 5166 - Guided Wave Optics
  • ECEN 5622 - Information Theory and Coding
  • ECEN 5626 - Active Optical Devices
  • ECEN 6006 - Numerical Methods in Photonics
  • MATH 5440 - Mathematics of Coding and Cryptography

Coordinator: Markus Raschke

I) Comps 1 courses    
Required:    

  • PHYS 5250 - Quantum Mechanics 1
  • PHYS 7310 - Electromagnetic Theory 1

One from this list:    

  • PHYS 5260 - Quantum Mechanics 2
  • PHYS 7320 - Electromagnetic Theory 2 
  • PHYS 7230 - Statistical Mechanics

One from this list:    

  • PHYS 5160 - Fundamentals of Optics and Lasers
  • PHYS 7550 - Atomic and Molecular Spectra
  • PHYS 7650 - Nonlinear and Nano Optics 
  • CHEM5591 - Advanced Molecular Spectroscopy 

II) Required electives    
Two from this list:    

  • PHYS 7560 - Quantum Optics
  • PHYS  7570 - Quantum Information and Computing
  • PHYS 7250 - Many-Body Theory
  • PHYS 7550 - Atomic and Molecular Spectra
  • PHYS 7240 - Advanced Statistical Mechanics 

III) Elective courses to bring total to 30 credits:     
Note 18/30 of your credit hours must be in PHYS courses. 3 credit hours can be outside of this list.    

  • PHYS 5606 - Optics Laboratory 
  • PHYS 7440 - Theory of the Solid State 1 
  • PHYS 7550 - Atomic and Molecular Spectra
  • PHYS 7560 - Quantum Optics
  • PHYS 7650 - Nonlinear and Nano Optics 
  • PHYS 7660 - Ultrafast Optics 
  • CHEM 5501 - Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM5581 - Introduction to Quantum Chemistry
  • CHEM5591 - Advanced Molecular Spectroscopy 
  • CHEM5541 - Chemical Dynamics
  • CHEM5561 - Advances in Molecular Biophysics
  • APPM 5600, 5610 - Numerical Analysis 1, 2 
  • ECEN 5156 - Physical Optics 
  • ECEN 5696 - Fourier Optics 
  • ECEN 6006 - Numerical Methods in Photonics