The Physics Department offers a program leading to a PhD in Applied Science with a specialization in Physics. For information about the graduate program, prospective students should contact Graduate Co-Adviser Dr. Robert Camley. Please, refer to the physics research page for a summary of primary research interests and programs. The application process is online through Admissions. More information can also be found on the Graduate School website.
Enrolled students should contact Graduate Co-Adviser Dr Karen Livesey for more information on Comprehensive Exams, Defenses and graduation paperwork.
All applicants must:
Additional requirements for some students:
The graduate application forms can be found at http://www.uccs.edu/gradschl/application.html
Students transferring into the program with a Master's degree in an appropriate discipline also need to satisfy all the standards below for graduation. However, students may request a review of their existing credits and may have the number of credits required reduced at the discretion of the physics graduate advisor. If appropriate, the entire set of Master's degree courses can be applied to the PhD program.
The student must complete a minimum of 66 hours of coursework and dissertation. This includes:
|PHYS 5030||Mathematical Methods in Physics||3|
|PHYS 5410||Statistical Mechanics||3|
|PHYS 6210||Theoretical Mechanics||3|
|PHYS 6250||Introduction to Quantum Mechanics||3|
|PHYS 6260||Quantum Mechanics II||3|
|PHYS 6310||Electromagnetic Theory I||3|
|PHYS 6320||Electromagnetic Theory II||3|
|PHYS 5150||Solid State Laboratory||2|
|PHYS 5160||Thin Films Laboratory||1|
|PHYS 5200||Computational Physics||3|
|PHYS 5420||Physics of Materials||3|
|PHYS 5460||Introduction to Solid State Physics||3|
|PHYS 5480||Surface and Interface Physics||3|
|PHYS 5490||Physics of Thin Films||3|
|PHYS 5720||Stellar Structure and Evolution||3|
|PHYS 5950||Special Topics (when offered, such as Biophysics,
Nonlinear Dynamics, Magnetism, or Theoretical Physics)
Note: Courses from other departments may also be used as electives with the prior written consent of the graduate advisor.
Please note that classes are offered every other year. You must plan accordingly to make sure that you take classes when they are available. The tables below show when we anticipate offering graduate courses.
The core courses should follow the schedule below unless there are exceptional circumstances. Electives are often determined only one or two semesters in advance, depending on faculty availability and student demand. However, we will try to keep close to the schedule below. This is meant as a general guide only.
|Fall (even year)||Spring (odd year)|
|Core:||5030 Mathematical Physics|
|Core:||6250 Intro to Quantum Mechanics||6260 Quantum Mechanics II|
|Elective:||5460 Intro to Solid State Physics 1||5150 Solid State Lab|
|Elective:||5490 Physics of Thin Films||5950 Special topics: Biophysics|
|Elective||5950 Spec Topics: Particle Physics||5510 Modern Optics|
Academic Year 2015-2016, 2017-2018, etc.
|Fall (odd year)||Spring (even year)|
|Core:||6210 Theoretical Mechanics||5410 Statistical Mechanics|
|Core:||6310 Electromagnetic Theory I||6320 Electromagnetic Theory II|
|Elective:||5200 Computational Physics||5950 Special topics: Magnetism|
|Elective:||6950 Special topics: Nanotechnology||5480 Surface and Interface Physics|
Other courses that are not on 2 year schedule but will be included as appropriate:
- 6900 Theory of the solid state 1
- 6910 Theory of the solid state 2
- 5950 & 6950 Special topics (Nonlinear Physics, Group Theory, etc - as available)
There will be a comprehensive examination administered by the dissertation advisory committee to determine if the dissertation topic is appropriate, and if the student is adequately prepared for work on the dissertation. This exam will normally be given when a student has completed 9 dissertation credit hours. Students refusing to take the comprehensive exam when asked by Physics faculty member(s) may have a hold placed on their enrollment until this fulfilment is completed.
After the dissertation has been accepted by the dissertation advisor, a final oral dissertation defense examination will be conducted by the dissertation advisory committee. The dissertation committee will contain physics faculty plus one outside member of the graduate faculty (from another department or another university). The dissertation adviser will be in charge of choosing the committee.
Information on this page is subject to change and is not official. Consult the UCCS Academic Catalog for official information.