Department of Physics and Astronomy

Ph. D. in Physics with Concentration in a Specialty

A degree concentration provides students with certification that they have expertise in a subfield of physics. A concentration for which a student has satisfied the requirements and for which the student has successfully applied before graduation is recorded in the student's transcript at graduation. It does not appear on the diploma.

 

Ph. D. in Physics with Concentration in Astrophysics

The Ph. D. in physics with concentration in astrophysics satisfies all the requirements for the Ph. D. in physics while preparing students for a career in astronomy and astrophysics.

Instead of the requirement of 18 hours of credit in physics courses numbered above 6100, the concentration requires:

  • PHYS 6/7810-20-30-40 (Stellar Astrophysics I and II, Galactic Astronomy I and II)
  • Two related elective courses, which may include: PHYS 6/7710 (Atomic Physics), PHYS 6/7720 (Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy), PHYS 6/7740 (Nuclear Physics), PHYS 8860 (General Relativity), or PHYS 8870 (Cosmology) or other appropriate courses
In addition:
  • Three hours of PHYS 6/8980 (Special Topics) on an astrophysics-related topic or PHYS 6/8890 (Current Issues in Astrophysics)
  • Asatisfactory dissertation in astronomy or astrophysics with a supervisor who is a member of the Ritter Astrophysical Research Center
The following descriptions are taken from the Graduate School catalog for 2006-2008.

 

Ph. D. in Physics with Concentration in Materials Science

The Ph. D. in physics with concentration in materials science satisfies all the requirements for the Ph. D. in physics while preparing students for a career in materials science.

In addition, the concentration requires:
  • Two core courses in the fundamentals of materials science:
    • PHYS 8540 Structure, Defects and Diffusion
    • PHYS 8550 Thermodynamics and Phase Transformation in Condensed Systems;
  • Two additional elective courses in materials science and engineering chosen from a list of courses approved by the faculty of the Center for Materials Science and Engineering; and
  • Adissertation in a materials-related field with a supervisor who is a member of the Center for Materials Science and Engineering.

 

Ph. D. in Physics with Concentration in Medical Physics

The Ph. D. in physics with concentration in medical physics satisfies all of the degree requirements for a Ph. D. in physics while preparing students for a career in medical physics. The medical physics-related courses, which total at least 27 credit hours, are provided by the UT College of Medicine. The student’s faculty advisory committee will consist of faculty members from the department of physics and astronomy and the medical physics fields. The committee may also include other members appropriate for this degree. A dissertation research project is chosen that will have relevance to both physics and medical physics. The Ph. D. requirement of 18 additional credit hours outside the core courses will be satisfied by the specified additional graduate courses in physics and in medical physics (College of Medicine).

 

Ph. D. in Physics with M. S. in Engineering

The University of Toledo has established a joint program leading to the Ph. D. degree in physics and the master of science degree in computer science and engineering (CSE) or in electrical engineering (EE). The program is designed for physics students who wish to obtain background in either of the engineering fields and for engineering and computer science students who wish further study in physics. It is designed so that the B.S. in computer science and engineering or electrical engineering is not required. In order to complete this program, students must satisfy all the requirements for the Ph. D. in the department of physics and astronomy and the M.S. degree in the department of electrical engineering and computer science. Some courses will satisfy both requirements. Students will normally enter the program after passing the Ph. D. qualifying examination in physics and satisfying the entrance requirements to the electrical engineering and computer science graduate program. The student’s Ph. D. dissertation adviser will be in physics, and an adviser in electrical engineering and computer science will serve as the outside member on the student’s advisory committee. Students will normally take one course per semester in electrical engineering and computer science, along with courses in physics.

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Last Updated: 3/22/15