# PhD Physics

Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (Regular Program)

SY 2011-2012

ADMISSION

Prospective students for the regular Ph.D. in Physics should have a Master of Science in Physics or Applied Physics.

ELECTIVES 21 units

The student should take 15 units in a particular field of specialization and 6 units of breadth courses with the approval of his/her thesis adviser.

Cat No. |
Course |
Units |

PS 205 | Mathematical Physics | 3 |

PS 210 | Quantum Mechanics II | 3 |

PS 211 | Fluid Mechanics | 3 |

PS 213 | Introduction to Geophysical Fluid Dynamics | 3 |

PS 222 | Introduction to Solid State Physics | 3 |

PS 223 | Physical Theory of the Solid State | 3 |

PS 224 | Electronic Properties of Materials | 3 |

PS 225 | Thermodynamics and Phase Transformations | 3 |

PS 226 | Materials Characterization | 3 |

PS 230 | Geophysical Fluid Dynamics | 3 |

PS 231 | Computational Models for the Environment | 3 |

PS 232 | Physical Meteorology | 3 |

PS 233 | Dynamic Meteorology | 3 |

PS 241 | Fundamentals of Air Pollution | 3 |

PS 242 | Physics of the Environment and Climate | 3 |

PS 243 | Remote Sensing and Environmental Mapping | 3 |

PS 244 | Environmental Instrumentation | 3 |

PS 256 | Experiments in Photonics (Laboratory) | 3 |

PS 258 | Optical Waveguides | 3 |

PS 259 | Quantum Electronics and Photonic Devices | 3 |

PS 261 | Modern Optics | 3 |

PS 265 | Lasers, Spectroscopy and Applications | 3 |

PS 266 | Advanced Fiber Devices | 3 |

PS 268 | Optical Networks | 3 |

PS 272 | Quantum Electrodynamics | 3 |

PS 301 | Research Seminar I | 3 |

PS 302 | Research Seminar II | 3 |

PS 303 | Advanced Research Laboratory I | 3 |

PS 304 | Advanced Research Laboratory II | 3 |

PS 200.xx | Special Topics | 3 |

GRADUATE SEMINAR AND COLLOQUIUM 3 units

Cat. No. |
Course |
Units |

PS 307 | Graduate Seminar | 1 |

PS 308.1 | Graduate Colloquium | 1 |

PS 308.2 | Graduate Colloquium | 1 |

PROPOSAL DEFENSE/CANDIDACY EXAM

After one year in the program, the student must defend a dissertation proposal, testing the adequacy of his or her expertise in physics and in his/her chosen dissertation topic. This can be done earlier if the student is ready for it.

PUBLICATION REQUIREMENT

A PhD student is expected to publish at least one ISI-indexed paper in the course of his/her study. A student will not be awarded the degree unless a notice of acceptance for publication if not the actual published paper is produced. The student should be the first author of the paper which is related to the topics investigated in the course of his/her PhD study.

DISSERTATION WRITING AND ORAL DEFENSE 12 units

Cat. No. |
Course |
Units |

PS 310.1 | Dissertation Research | 6 |

PS 311.1 | Dissertation Writing | 6 |

ORAL DEFENSE OF DISSERTATION

After all course work has been completed, the student should enroll in PS 310.1 every term until he/she is ready to defend his/her dissertation. On the semester of the Oral Defense, the student should enroll in the Dissertation Writing course PS 311.1. The units for the dissertation are credited after the student passes the oral defense and submits the final revised copy of the dissertation.