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Physics Ph.D.

School of Physics & Astronomy
College of Science and Engineering
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Contact Information
Director of Graduate Studies in Physics, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota, 116 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-5982; fax: 612-624-4578)
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2017
  • Length of program in credits: 64
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Physics is the study of the fundamental structure and interactions of matter. Research areas in the program include experimental and theoretical studies in astrophysics and cosmology, biological physics, condensed matter physics, elementary particle physics, nuclear physics, space and planetary physics, and physics education research. Interdisciplinary study is also available with the programs in astrophysics, biological sciences, chemistry, chemical engineering and materials science, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and the history of science and technology.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.50.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Teaching assistantships and a few fellowships are available upon admittance to the School of Physics and Astronomy. Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with their scholarship and research potential; a complete set of transcripts; and a clearly written statement of career interests, goals, and objectives. Submission of GRE scores is strongly recommended. Fall semester entry is strongly recommended for all students. Application by December 15 is strongly encouraged to ensure priority consideration for fellowships awarded for the next academic year. Additional application information is available at http://www.physics.umn.edu/grad/physics/application.html
Special Application Requirements:
Courses at the upper division level in the core areas of classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, and statistical and thermal physics are required. It is advisable to have taken an upper division course in experimental methods in physics.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 55
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
40 credits are required in the major.
0 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.30 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Physics 4001, 4002, 4101, 4201, and 4303 cannot be used to satisfy the requirements. Students whose financial support comes from TA assignments are also required to complete 3 credits of PHYS 5072 over two semesters. These credits count towards elective requirements. Required orientation: During the two weeks before the beginning of fall semester, new graduate students are expected to participate in the department orientation program. This includes TA orientation sessions, which are required if a student's financial support comes from TA assignments. Requirement for international students: International students who want to teach as TAs must take CSE TALK, a workshop on American teaching culture and language skills, prior to the department orientation described above and achieve an ELP (English Language Proficiency) rating of 1. This includes passing an English test, which is given in late July and August. Students who do not achieve an ELP of 1 must take an English training course geared to their level of skills, such as GRAD 5105, GRAD 5102, or Foundations. These courses are given during the academic year and are required until the student achieves an ELP of 1.
Required Courses
PHYS 5001 - Quantum Mechanics I (4.0 cr)
PHYS 5002 - Quantum Mechanics II (4.0 cr)
PHYS 5011 - Classical Physics I (4.0 cr)
PHYS 5012 - Classical Physics II (4.0 cr)
PHYS 5201 - Thermal and Statistical Physics (3.0 cr)
Seminars
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 2 or more credit(s) from the following:
· PHYS 8100 - Seminar: Problems of Physics Teaching and Higher Education (1.0 cr)
· PHYS 8200 - Seminar: Cosmology and High Energy Astrophysics (1.0 cr)
· PHYS 8300 - Seminar: Biological and Medical Physics. (1.0 cr)
· PHYS 8600 - Seminar: Space Physics (1.0 cr)
· PHYS 8700 - Seminar: Condensed Matter Physics (1.0 cr)
· PHYS 8800 - Seminar: Nuclear Physics (1.0 cr)
· PHYS 8900 - Seminar: Elementary Particle Physics (1.0 cr)
Electives
Students may choose courses from this list or consult with their advisor for additional options.
Take 19 or more credit(s) from the following:
Atomic Physics and Optics
· PHYS 8161 - Atomic and Molecular Structure (3.0 cr)
· Biophysics and Medical Physics
· PHYS 5081 - Introduction to Biopolymer Physics (3.0 cr)
PHYS 5401 - Physiological Physics (4.0 cr)
PHYS 5402 - Radiological Physics (4.0 cr)
PHYS 8311 - Biological Physics of Single Molecules (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8312 - Biological Physics of Macroscopic Systems (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8300 - Seminar: Biological and Medical Physics. (1.0 cr)
· Condensed Matter Physics
· PHYS 4211 - Introduction to Solid-State Physics (3.0 cr)
PHYS 5701 - Solid-State Physics for Engineers and Scientists (4.0 cr)
PHYS 8702 - Statistical Mechanics and Transport Theory (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8711 - Solid-State Physics I (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8712 - Solid-State Physics II (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8750 - Advanced Topics in Condensed Matter Physics (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8700 - Seminar: Condensed Matter Physics (1.0 cr)
· Elementary Particle Physics
· PHYS 4511 - Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8011 - Quantum Field Theory I (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8012 - Quantum Field Theory II (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8013 - Special Topics in Quantum Field Theory (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8901 - Elementary Particle Physics I (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8902 - Elementary Particle Physics II (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8911 - Introduction to Supersymmetry (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8950 - Advanced Topics in Elementary Particle Physics (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8900 - Seminar: Elementary Particle Physics (1.0 cr)
· Mathematical, Advanced Quantum, and Computational Physics
· PHYS 5041 - Mathematical Methods for Physics (4.0 cr)
PHYS 5042 - Analytical and Numerical Methods of Physics II (4.0 cr)
PHYS 8001 - Advanced Quantum Mechanics (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8301 - Symmetry and Its Application to Physical Problems (3.0 cr)
· Nuclear Physics
· PHYS 8801 - Nuclear Physics I (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8802 - Nuclear Physics II (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8850 - Advanced Topics in Nuclear Physics (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8800 - Seminar: Nuclear Physics (1.0 cr)
· Plasma and Space Physics
· PHYS 4611 - Introduction to Space Physics (3.0 cr)
PHYS 4621 - Introduction to Plasma Physics (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8601 - Plasma Physics I (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8602 - Plasma Physics II (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8611 - Cosmic Rays and Plasma Astrophysics (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8650 - Advanced Topics in Space and Plasma Physics (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8600 - Seminar: Space Physics (1.0 cr)
· Relativity and Cosmology
· PHYS 5022 - Relativity, Cosmology, and the Universe (4.0 cr)
PHYS 8501 - General Relativity and Cosmology I (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8502 - General Relativity and Cosmology II (3.0 cr)
PHYS 8200 - Seminar: Cosmology and High Energy Astrophysics (1.0 cr)
· Physics Education
· PHYS 5072 - Best Practices in College Physics Teaching (1.0-3.0 cr)
PHYS 8100 - Seminar: Problems of Physics Teaching and Higher Education (1.0 cr)
Thesis Credits
Take 24 credits (maximum 14 credits per term) after passing preliminary oral exam.
PHYS 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral (1.0-24.0 cr)
 
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PHYS 5001 - Quantum Mechanics I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Schrodinger equation: bound state and scattering problems in one dimension. Spherically symmetric problems in three dimensions, angular momentum, and the hydrogen atom. Approximation methods for stationary states. Time-dependent perturbation theory. Operators and state vectors: general formalism of quantum theory. prereq: 4101 or equiv or instr consent
PHYS 5002 - Quantum Mechanics II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Symmetry in quantum mechanics, space-time symmetries and the rotation group, Clebsch-Gordan coefficients and the Wigner-Eckart theorem. Scattering theory. Method of second quantization with elementary applications. Relativistic wave equations including Dirac equation. prereq: 5001 or equiv
PHYS 5011 - Classical Physics I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Classical mechanics: Lagrangian/Hamiltonian mechanics, orbital dynamics, rigid body motion, special relativity. prereq: 4001, 4002 or instr consent
PHYS 5012 - Classical Physics II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Classical electromagnetism: electrostatics, magnetostatics, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, radiation, interaction of charged particles with matter. prereq: 5011 or instr consent
PHYS 5201 - Thermal and Statistical Physics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics. General Principles of Statistical Mechanics: Ensembles. Derivation of Thermodynamics from statistical principles. Classical Systems. Quantum Statistical Mechanics: Fundamentals. Photons. Ideal Fermi & Bose Gases. Non-ideal gases. Introduction to Phase Transitions. prereq: [[4101, 4201] or equiv] previous exposure to thermodynamics, introductory statistical physics
PHYS 8100 - Seminar: Problems of Physics Teaching and Higher Education
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Lectures and informal discussions of courses and curricula, techniques, and materials important in undergraduate physics instruction; relation to general problems of higher education.
PHYS 8200 - Seminar: Cosmology and High Energy Astrophysics
Credits: 1.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Current topics in cosmology and high energy astrophysics. prereq: instr consent
PHYS 8300 - Seminar: Biological and Medical Physics.
Credits: 1.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Current research in biological and medical physics prereq: instr consent
PHYS 8600 - Seminar: Space Physics
Credits: 1.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Current topics in space physics and plasma physics.
PHYS 8700 - Seminar: Condensed Matter Physics
Credits: 1.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Current research. prereq: instr consent
PHYS 8800 - Seminar: Nuclear Physics
Credits: 1.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Current research topics.
PHYS 8900 - Seminar: Elementary Particle Physics
Credits: 1.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Elementary particle physics, high energy physics, particle astrophysics and cosmology.
PHYS 8161 - Atomic and Molecular Structure
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Emphasizes interpretation of quantum numbers and selection rules in terms of symmetry. Experimental data summarized and compared with theoretical predictions. prereq: Level of mathematics associated with BS in physical sciences
PHYS 5081 - Introduction to Biopolymer Physics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00744 - Phys 4911/5081
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduction to biological and soft condensed matter physics. Emphasizes physical ideas necessary to understand behavior of macromolecules and other biological materials. prereq: working knowledge of [thermodynamics, statistical mechanics]
PHYS 5401 - Physiological Physics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Musculoskeletal system, circulatory system/membrane transport, biological control systems, propagation/action potential in nervous system, biomagnetism, electromagnetism at cellular level. prereq: One semester of introductory calculus-based physics, such as PHYS1301W. Students not sure if they meet prerequisites should consult instructor.
PHYS 5402 - Radiological Physics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: Two semesters of introductory calculus-based physics, such as PHYS1302W. Students not sure if they meet prerequisites should consult instructor.
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Signal analysis, medical imaging, medical x-rays, tomography, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, MRI, similar topics. prereq: Two semesters of introductory calculus-based physics, such as PHYS1302W. Students not sure if they meet prerequisites should consult instructor.
PHYS 8311 - Biological Physics of Single Molecules
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Biological molecules, based on statistical mechanics, kinetics, optics, and other physics ideas. Physics of DNA/proteins, their interactions. Force spectroscopy (optical tweezers, atomic force microscopy). Concepts of optical spectroscopy. Single molecule fluorescence/imaging. prereq: [[5201 or Chen 4707], 5011] or instr consent
PHYS 8312 - Biological Physics of Macroscopic Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Macroscopic systems, based on physics such as fluid dynamics, statistical mechanics, non-linear dynamics, and chaos theory. Super-molecular aggregates. Biological physics of the cell. Biological physics of populations/evolution. prereq: [[5201 or CHEN 4707], 5011] or instr consent
PHYS 8300 - Seminar: Biological and Medical Physics.
Credits: 1.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Current research in biological and medical physics prereq: instr consent
PHYS 4211 - Introduction to Solid-State Physics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
A modern presentation of the properties of solids. Topics include vibrational and electronic properties of solids; diffraction of waves in solids and electron band structure. Other possible topics include optical properties, magnetic phenomena, and superconductivity. prereq: 4101, 4201
PHYS 5701 - Solid-State Physics for Engineers and Scientists
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Crystal structure and binding; diffraction; phonons; thermal and dielectric properties of insulators; free electron model; band structure; semiconductors. prereq: Grad or advanced undergrad in physics or engineering or the sciences
PHYS 8702 - Statistical Mechanics and Transport Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Equilibrium properties of macroscopic classical and quantum systems. Phase transitions and Renormalization Group. Transport theory. Applications to soft condensed matter systems. prereq: 5201 or instr consent
PHYS 8711 - Solid-State Physics I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamental properties of solids. Electronic structure and transport in metals and semiconductors. Properties of disordered materials. prereq: 4211, 5002 or instr consent
PHYS 8712 - Solid-State Physics II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamental properties of solids. Electronic structure and transport in metals and semiconductors. Properties of disordered materials. prereq: 8711 or instr consent
PHYS 8750 - Advanced Topics in Condensed Matter Physics
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Sample research topics: magnetism, superconductivity, low temperature physics, superfluid helium. prereq: 8712 or instr consent
PHYS 8700 - Seminar: Condensed Matter Physics
Credits: 1.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Current research. prereq: instr consent
PHYS 4511 - Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamental particles and Standard Model. Symmetries/quarks, models of nuclei, interactions between particles/nuclei, tests of conservation laws, fission/fusion. prereq: 4101
PHYS 8011 - Quantum Field Theory I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Second quantization of relativistic wave equations: canonical quantization of the free scalar and Dirac fields. Fields in interaction: interaction picture. Quantum electrodynamics: quantization of the electromagnetic field, propagators and Feynman rules, tree-level processes. Higher-order processes and renormalization. prereq: 8001 or instr consent
PHYS 8012 - Quantum Field Theory II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Aspects of general theory of quantized fields, including space-time and discrete transformation properties, the CPT theorem, and the spin-statistics connection. Introduction to functional and path-integral methods. Renormalization group and asymptotic freedom. Semi-classical methods and instantons in gauge theories. prereq: 8011 or instr consent
PHYS 8013 - Special Topics in Quantum Field Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Includes non-perturbative methods in quantum field theory, supersymmetry, two-dimensional quantum field theories and their applications, lattice simulations of quantum fields, topological quantum field theories, quantum field theory methods applied to condensed matter physics, and string theory. prereq: 8012 or instr consent
PHYS 8901 - Elementary Particle Physics I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Types of fundamental interactions. Exact and approximate symmetries and conservation laws. Gauge quanta: gluons, photons, W and Z bosons, gravitons. Fundamental fermions: leptons and quarks. Isotopic and flavor SU(3) symmetries of strong interaction. Heavy hadrons. Amplitudes and probabilities. Quantum chromodynamics. prereq: 8001 or instr consent
PHYS 8902 - Elementary Particle Physics II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Deep inelastic scattering. Weak interactions of leptons. Semileptonic and nonleptonic weak processes with hadons. Oscillations of neutral Kaons. Violation of CP symmetry in Kaons. Neutrino masses and oscillations. Standard model of the electroweak interaction. Grand unification. Unitarity of the S matrix. Properties of soft pions. prereq: 8901 or instr consent
PHYS 8911 - Introduction to Supersymmetry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Motivation. Coleman-Mandula theorem. Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics. 4D supersymmetry algebra and representations. Extended supersymmetry. N=1 superspace and superfields. Supersymmetric guage theories. Chiral/vector multiplets. Non-renormalization theorems. Supersymmetry breaking. Supersymmetric Standard Model. Phenomenology. Nonperturbative supersymmetry. Supergravity. prereq: 8011 or instr consent
PHYS 8950 - Advanced Topics in Elementary Particle Physics
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Research topics. prereq: 8902 or instr consent
PHYS 8900 - Seminar: Elementary Particle Physics
Credits: 1.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Elementary particle physics, high energy physics, particle astrophysics and cosmology.
PHYS 5041 - Mathematical Methods for Physics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of mathematical techniques needed in analysis of physical problems. Emphasizes analytical methods. prereq: 2601 or grad student
PHYS 5042 - Analytical and Numerical Methods of Physics II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Survey of mathematical techniques, both analytic and numerical, needed for physics. Application to physical problems. prereq: 5041 or instr consent
PHYS 8001 - Advanced Quantum Mechanics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Topics in non-relativistic quantum mechanics; second quantization. Introduction to Diagrammatic and Green's function techniques and to relativistic wave equations. Application of relativistic perturbation theory to particle interactions with electromagnetic field. Invariant interactions of elementary particles. prereq: 5002 or instr consent
PHYS 8301 - Symmetry and Its Application to Physical Problems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Fundamental invariance principles obeyed by laws of physics. Group theory as tool for using symmetry and invariance to help understand behavior of physical systems. Applications made to atomic, molecular, nuclear, condensed-matter, and elementary particle physics. prereq: 5002 or instr consent
PHYS 8801 - Nuclear Physics I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Nuclear/neutrino astrophysics. Thermonuclear reactions. Processes of nucleosynthesis. Origin of the elements. Stellar evolution. Theory of supernovae. Exotic stars. Chemical evolution of galaxies. prereq: 5001, 5002, 5011, 5012, 5201; AST 4001 recommended
PHYS 8802 - Nuclear Physics II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Properties of nuclei based on hadronic and quark-gluon degrees of freedom. Relativistic field theory at finite temperatures and density applied to many-body problems, especially nuclear matter and quark-gluon plasma. Applications to lepton and hadron scattering, nucleus-nucleus collisions, astrophysics and cosmology. prereq: 8801 or instr consent
PHYS 8850 - Advanced Topics in Nuclear Physics
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Research topics. prereq: 8802 or instr consent
PHYS 8800 - Seminar: Nuclear Physics
Credits: 1.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Current research topics.
PHYS 4611 - Introduction to Space Physics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Dynamics of charged particles/plasmas in space. Physics of the Sun and solar wind. Solar/galactic cosmic rays. Interactions of solar wind with planetary magnetospheres. Dynamics of Magnetosphere. Formation of the aurora. Physics of radiation belts. prereq: [4001, 4002] or equiv or instr consent
PHYS 4621 - Introduction to Plasma Physics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Basic properties of collisionless, magnetized plasmas, single particle motion, plasmas as fluids, magnetohydrodynamics, waves in plasmas, equilibrium, instabilities, kinetic theory/shocks. prereq: [4001, 4002] or equiv or instr consent
PHYS 8601 - Plasma Physics I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Theory of plasma waves and instabilities in plasmas, magnetohydrodynamics, nonlinear waves in plasmas, wave propagation in inhomogeneous plasmas. prereq: 4621, 5012 or instr consent
PHYS 8602 - Plasma Physics II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Theory of plasma waves and instabilities, collisions, radiation, transport, nonlinear wave-particle and wave-wave interactions, instabilities in inhomogeneous plasmas. prereq: 8601 or instr consent
PHYS 8611 - Cosmic Rays and Plasma Astrophysics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Properties of energetic particles in heliosphere and in astrophysical environments; solar physics, including radiation and magnetic effects; solar wind and magnetospheric physics; physics of radiation belts. prereq: 5012 or instr consent
PHYS 8650 - Advanced Topics in Space and Plasma Physics
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Topics in plasma waves and instabilities, solar physics, cosmic ray physics, atmospheric physics or planetary physics. prereq: 8602 or 8611 or instr consent
PHYS 8600 - Seminar: Space Physics
Credits: 1.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Current topics in space physics and plasma physics.
PHYS 5022 - Relativity, Cosmology, and the Universe
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Ast 5022/Phys 5022
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Large-scale structure and history of universe. Introduction to Newtonian and relativistic world models. Physics of early universe. Cosmological tests. Formation of galaxies. prereq: 2601 or instr consent
PHYS 8501 - General Relativity and Cosmology I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 5012 or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Tensor analysis and differential geometry. Special relativity leading to formulation of principles of general relativity and Einstein's equations. Tests of general relativity and thorough discussion of various black hole solutions, including Schwarzschild, Reissner-Nordstom, and Kerr solutions. prereq: 5012 or instr consent
PHYS 8502 - General Relativity and Cosmology II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Gravitational radiation. Applications of general relativity to stellar structure of white dwarfs and neutron stars, action principle, and symmetric spaces. Big-bang cosmology, strongly emphasizing particle physics. prereq: 8501 or instr consent
PHYS 8200 - Seminar: Cosmology and High Energy Astrophysics
Credits: 1.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Current topics in cosmology and high energy astrophysics. prereq: instr consent
PHYS 5072 - Best Practices in College Physics Teaching
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Pedagogies for introductory physics classes. Topics from educational research/practice as applied to classroom.
PHYS 8100 - Seminar: Problems of Physics Teaching and Higher Education
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Lectures and informal discussions of courses and curricula, techniques, and materials important in undergraduate physics instruction; relation to general problems of higher education.
PHYS 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral
Credits: 1.0 -24.0 [max 100.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required