All students must meet the Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree.
The Department of Physics offers research opportunities in theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics, astronomy and astrophysics, and soft condensed matter physics and biophysics.
Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy
Undergraduate majors in physics are considered for admission to the program. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (general) are required.
Minimum Degree Requirements
Seventy-five credits, including:
|Six Core Graduate Courses|
|PHYS 301||Mathematical Physics||3|
|PHYS 311||Advanced Dynamics||3|
|PHYS 313||Electromagnetic Theory||3|
|PHYS 323||Contemporary Physics||3|
|PHYS 362||Quantum Mechanics II||3|
|PHYS 365||Statistical Mechanics||3|
|All of these courses must be completed with a grade B or better within the first two years of graduate study.|
|To accommodate the needs of the specific subfields in physics such as astrophysics, biological physics, condensed- matter physics and materials physics, three elective courses (nine credits) have to be chosen to fulfill the breadth requirement with a grade of B or higher. Elective courses must be completed within the first three years of the program, as the fourth year (and beyond if needed) should be dedicated to progress towards the Ph.D. dissertation.|
|A minimum of 20 credits of Doctoral Dissertation Reserach (PHYS 491)||20|
|A minimum of 3 credits of Teaching College Physics (PHYS 305)||3|
At the start of their second semester at UVM, students are expected to sit for the written part of the Comprehensive Exam which covers classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism, as well as thermal physics and mathematical physics.
Students are given two opportunities to pass the comprehensive exam. In addition to the written portion, there is also an oral portion that consists of a Ph.D. dissertation proposal given after the start of a dissertation research project.
Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy
Successful completion of all required courses and the comprehensive exam.