Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Physics
John Sutherland, Chair, C-209A Howell Science Complex
Michael Dingfelder, Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies, E-203 Howell Science Complex
The applied physics concentration requires minimum of 34 s.h. of courses and the completion of a thesis. The health physics concentration requires a minimum of 39 s.h. of courses, and, in addition, students must complete a 10-16 week rigorous practicum in applied health physics in an industrial, university or national laboratory setting in lieu of a thesis. The medical physics concentration requires a minimum of 38 s.h. of courses that include a minimum of 6 s.h. of clinical study in lieu of a thesis.
In addition, a student in the medical physics concentration must demonstrate a satisfactory knowledge of medical terminology through taking BIOL 2130 (preferred) or HIMA 3000.
AdmissionThe applicant must have a master’s degree in physics, applied physics, medical physics, or related fields or must have shown a significant progress towards obtaining a master’s degree in the above fields. Acceptable performance on the GRE and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in graduate work are required.
The following documents are required before final admission is approved: completed application form for admission to Graduate School, official transcripts from colleges and universities attended, official or certified copy of score reports of the GRE and TOEFL (if applicable), letters of reference from three persons who can attest to the applicant’s academic competence, and an essay describing the applicant’s career goals and research interests which are consistent with the educational opportunities offered in the PhD program.
Course and Residence RequirementsThe PhD program requires a minimum of 30 s.h. of courses beyond the master’s degree. The student will take a minimum of 6 s.h. of courses from a physics core, a minimum of 6 s.h. of courses from a biomedical core, and a minimum of 18 s.h. of dissertation research courses. Additional courses may be required by the executive committee, depending on the individual student’s preparation. Students must demonstrate a working knowledge of at least one high-level computer language, such as FORTRAN or C. Students must pass doctoral candidacy exam and write and successfully defend a doctoral dissertation.
Students must complete at least five consecutive semesters in residence (excluding summers).
Transfer CreditsBecause of the broad interest and collaborative nature of the PhD program, the executive committee will evaluate transfer credits on a case-by-case basis. A maximum of 6 s.h. of transfer credit may be accepted.
If a student enrolls in this program and already has the equivalent of the 12 s.h. beyond the master’s degree, he or she may petition the executive committee for a waiver of or substitution for these courses. After a majority of the core courses have been completed, students in this program must pass the doctoral candidacy examination before being admitted to candidacy for the PhD in biomedical physics.
Other RequirementsThe PhD program should be completed by the end of three years following the student’s initial enrollment. With the endorsement of the advisory committee, a student having deficiencies in preparation may request an extension of no more than two years.