The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers two different PhD degrees designed to best train students in their chosen discipline. For most branches of physics, students should enroll in the Physics PhD. Students interested in astronomy or astrophysics may apply for the Astronomy PhD.
PhD students in Physics must pass the following core courses or demonstrate that they have passed equivalent courses elsewhere:
- One quarter of classical mechanics (Physics 411-0)
- Three quarters of quantum mechanics (Physics 412-1,2,3)
- Two quarters of classical electrodynamics (Physics 414-1,2)
- One quarter of statistical mechanics (Physics 416-0)