During the summer following your first year, you will be encouraged to join one of the ongoing research programs in the department.As mentioned earlier, teaching associates with satisfactory records are offered special summer-term appointments, free of teaching duties, to enable them to take advantage of this opportunity to explore a research area early in their graduate careers.The first step in becoming a Ph D candidate is to qualify via the “core-course requirement.” This is accomplished by taking the six semesters of core courses shown earlier in the course sequence box and achieving at least a B average in these courses.
These courses are designed to strengthen and extend your knowledge of the theoretical foundations of physics and to introduce you to areas of current interest in the field.
With recent hires and new center funding, we are especially strong in condensed matter physics, high energy physics, nuclear physics, biophysics, astrophysics, AMO, cold atom theory and physics education research.
In some contexts, the word "thesis" or a cognate is used for part of a bachelor's or master's course, while "dissertation" is normally applied to a doctorate, while in other contexts, the reverse is true.
The resources of the university and of the physics department are available to assist you with job placement after graduation.
Recent graduates now have successful careers at colleges, universities, national research laboratories and in industry.