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Physics Graduate Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The University of Texas at Arlington

 

502 Yates Street

 108 Science Hall

Arlington, TX  76019


Transfer Credit

Credit may be transferred from other universities subject to the following restrictions:  Only courses with grades of B or better and approved by the Graduate Studies Committee will be considered for transfer of credit and transfer of credit will be limited to 9 hours of M.S. students from U.S. universities.

Program of Work

All graduate students must submit a tentative program of work to the Graduate Studies Subcommittee before the end of their first semester.  Subsequent modifications to the program should be discussed with the graduate advisor so that the student may be sure of approval, and so that the Graduate School can be notified. 

Grades

To graduate with any pos-baccalaureate degree, a student must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 with no more than one C in the list of Physics courses given in the students final program of work.

Funding

Students may be funded by the department for up to two full years for an M.S. or up to three full years for a Doctoral degree (including any support during an M.S.)  Further funding may be obtained from the thesis/dissertation supervisor.  According to University regulations, a student must be unconditionally admitted or, if continuing, in good standing (not on academic probation) to receive either a teaching or a research assistantship.  in exceptional circumstances, but only on one occasion, a student not in good standing can petition the Physics Department Graduate Studies Committee and the graduate School for continued support.  Students receiving GTA’s or GRA’s form the Physics Department will be expected to complete a graduate degree program in Physics before they transfer to a program in another department at the University.

Changes of Program

All students with less than 30 hours of approved graduate level course work or without a Master’s Degree in Physics will initially be registered as Masters students.  On completion of ether of the above-noted requirements, students may seek the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee for admission to a Doctoral degree program.  Forms are available in the Physics Department office.

Research

Masters (Doctoral) students cannot choose a research supervisor or begin research for their thesis or dissertation before completing two (one) semesters of study. Students must submit a proposal of research (about one page) for review by the Graduate Studies Committee prior to the commencement of research.

Doctoral Programs – Diagnostic/Qualifying Examination

Commencing Fall 1992, all students entering a doctoral program will be required to pass a diagnostic/qualifying examination, consisting of oral and written parts, during their first year of study.  The written examination, counting towards approximately two-thirds of the grade, will consist of two parts: 1. Classical Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics; 2. Electromagnetic Theory, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics.  The examination will be given twice yearly, usually in January and may.  Classical and Quantum Mechanics will be covered in the morning and the remaining areas in the same afternoon.

Students failing any part of the examination at their first attempt will be required to pass that part the next time the examination is offered to continue in the doctoral program.

Doctoral Programs – Comprehensive Exam

The comprehensive examination is an oral presentation based on dissertation research.  This examination should be taken at least one year prior to the intended date of dissertation defense so that the candidate has sufficient time to make up for any deficiencies in his (her) research or understanding or his (her) chosen field.  If a candidate fails the exam, s(he) must retake the exam within one semester and can expect his (her) defense to be delayed so that it will follow in no less that one year’s time.

Degree Requirements:
Master of Science

A minimum of 30 hours is required for the Master of Science degree, of which 24 hours, including a six hour thesis (minimum registration), will be in physics, and six hours may be selected from physics, mathematics, chemistry, geology, biology, or engineering as approved by the Graduate Advisor.

Degree Requirements:
For each of the degree programs below, a list of requirements is given.  These include: (a) total number of graded (A,B,C,  or P) credit hours, (b) number of credit hours and specific courses in physics, (c) examinations, (d) thesis or dissertation, and (e) special requirements.  All courses in physics are referred to in Groups which are listed on the next page.

Master of Science Degree in Physics: Thesis Option

(a) A minimum of 30 hours is required for this degree.

(b) 24 hours will be in physics.  The 24 hours in physics include all Group 1 courses, a choice of two courses from Groups 2 and 3, and Thesis 5698.  (The remaining 6 hours may be selected form physics, mathematics, chemistry, geology, biology, or engineering as approved by the Graduate Advisor).

(c ) There are no entry exams, but there is an oral thesis defense.

(d) Students in the M.S. (thesis option) must complete a thesis, and must enroll in Thesis (5698) in their final semester.

Master of Science Degree in Physics: Non-Thesis Option

(a) A minimum of 36 hours is required for this degree.

(b) 27 hours will be in physics.  The 27 hours in physics include all Group 1 courses, and a choice of five courses from Groups 2 and 3.  (The remaining 9 hours may be selected from physics, mathematics, chemistry, geology, biology, or engineering as approved by the Graduate Advisor).

(c ) In addition to course requirements, all candidates for the M.S. program – non-thesis option will be required to pass an exam similar to the Doctoral Qualifying Exam described earlier.

Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences: Physics

For general requirements look up the Ph.D. program in Mathematical Sciences in the Graduate Catalogue.

(a) The Physics Department requires a minimum of 42 hours of courses, and 9 hours of dissertation.

(b) Of the 42 course hours, 27 hours will be in physics and 15 hours will be in mathematics.  The mathematics courses are specified by the mathematics department.  The 27 hours in physics include all Group 1 and Group 2 courses, and a choice of two courses from Group 3.

(c ) Each student is required to pass the qualifying exam (see previous page) to enter the program, the comprehensive exam to continue in the program, and the dissertation defense.

(d) Students in the Ph.D. program must complete a dissertation.  Students must enroll in nine hours of dissertation in their final semester.

Doctor of Philosophy in Physics and Applied Physics

For general requirements look up the Ph.D. program in the Physics section of the Graduate Catalogue.

(a) The Physics Department requires a minimum of 42 hours of courses, 9 hours of internship and 9 hours of dissertation.

(b) Of the 42 hours, 36 hours will be in physics.  The 36 hours in physics include all Group 1 and Group 2 courses, and a choice of five courses from Group 3.  (The remaining 6 hours may be selected from physics, mathematics, chemistry, geology, biology, or engineering as approved by the Graduate Advisor).

(c ) Each student is required to pass the qualifying exam (see previous page) to enter the program, the comprehensive exam to continue in the program, and the dissertation defense.

(d) Students in the Ph.D. program must complete a dissertation.  Students must enroll in nine hours of dissertation in their final semester.

(e) Ph.D. students must perform an internship.  A proposal for the internship must be submitted to the graduate studies subcommittee for approval prior to its commencement.  A final report must also be submitted before a final grade of P is given.  Students on an internship must be registered in 6304, 6604, or 6904.

Courses

Group 1:  Required for all graduate students.

5307 Quantum Mechanics I

5309 Electromagnetic Theory I

5310 Statistical Mechanics

5311 Mathematical Methods in Physics I

Group 2: Required for all doctoral students.

5308 Quantum Mechanics II

5312 Mathematical Methods in Physics II

5313 Electromagnetic Theory II

Group 3: Electives for students in all programs

5306 Classical Mechanics

5314 Advanced Optics

5315 Solid State I

5316 Solid State II

5317 Statistical Mechanics II

5319 Mathematical Methods in Physics III

5320 Quantum Mechanics III

5325 Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics I

5326 Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics II

5328 Surface Physics

6301 Methods in Applied Physics I – Electronics

6302 Methods in Applied Physics II – Computers

6303 Methods in Applied Physics III - Spectroscopy