Written Comprehensive Exams:
There will be three comprehensive exams, each 3 hours long, offered once every year at the end of the spring semester, the week after commencement. The exams will be designed to test the basic material which is prerequisite to more advanced courses.
PhD students must achieve a PhD-pass (a score of >20 points out 30 possible) in all three exams by the end of the second year (third year for students entering in the spring). In exceptional circumstances, students may petition for one more attempt.
(classical mechanics, electromagnetism, including optics, radiation, special relativity)
(including standard applications to atomic, molecular, solid state, particle and nuclear physics)
Statistical and Thermal Physics
(thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, statistics and probability including applications from materials and solid state physics)
Oral Qualifying Exam:
The oral qualifying examination consists of a presentation on a topic approved by the research advisor that demonstrates knowledge of the literature of the field. The exam must be taken by the end of the fifth semester. Extensions may be requested in writing from the physics graduate studies committee in extenuating circumstances.