College of Science

Physics and Astronomy

Ph.D. in Physics and Astronomy

Program Purpose

The Ph.D program in Physics and Astronomy is a professional graduate program for well-qualified graduate students seeking advanced training for research in all areas of physics and astronomy. The program prepares the student for professional practice in academia, research or industry the fields of Physics or Astronomy.

Learning Outcomes

  • Have an advanced understanding of the main branches of physics, namely classical mechanics, classical electrodynamics, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical dynamics, solid state physics, atom physics and high energy physics.
  • Have sufficient understanding of research design, methods of data collection, and methods of data analysis to design and conduct research in their area of specialization.
  • Complete original research that contributes to knowledge in their area of specialization.
  • Write effectively about physics and astronomy topics, making well-organized arguments supported by relevant evidence.
  • Be prepared to hold a faculty position in higher education or a research-related position in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors.