Doctor of Philosophy in Physics with Dissertation in Astrophysics

  •  Professors: Eilek, Krehbiel, Minschwaner, Raymond, Romero, Westpfahl (Chair of the Department), Winn
  • Associate Professors: Eack, Hofner, Sonnenfeld, Young
  • Assistant Professors: Creech-Eakman, Morales, Sessions
  • Adjunct Faculty: Avramidi, Balasubramaniam, Burcher, Colgate, Goss, Haniff, Klinglesmith, Manney, Meason, Myers, Pietraß, Rison, Rupen, E. Ryan, W. Ryan, Taylor, Teare, Thomas, Ulvestad, Weatherall
  • Emeritus Professors: Hankins, LeFebre, C. Moore, Schery,


Doctoral Programs

Students of exceptional ability as demonstrated in previous courses in physics and mathematics, or in the preliminary examination, may pursue a program leading to the doctoral degree. All applicants to the physics doctoral degree program must submit GRE general and physics subject test scores. 

The major doctoral programs of the Physics Department are in astrophysics and atmospheric physics. A degree in mathematical physics is offered in cooperation with the mathematics department. Students may also work in other areas of physics in which the department has expertise.

The following general requirements apply to all curricula: A minimum of 50 credit hours of graduate and upper-division courses approved by the student’s committee should be taken, of which 12 credit hours must be mathematics beyond that required of an undergraduate physics major. PHYS 501 and 502 (where required below) may be waived for those students who have completed the equivalent through an experimental master’s thesis. PHYS 579, Graduate-Faculty Seminar, must be taken for the first four semesters.


Doctor of Philosophy in Physics

The following courses must be completed: PHYS 501 (1), 502 (1), 505 (3), 508 (3), 513 (3), 514 (3), 515 (3), 516 (3), and 579. In addition, nine credit hours of graduate physics should be completed in the student’s field of specialization.


Doctor of Philosophy in Physics with Dissertation in Astrophysics

Current areas of research in astrophysics include quasars, pulsars, and radio galaxies, X-ray astronomy, solar and stellar activity, plasma astrophysics, and comets. The astrophysics program operates several optical telescopes at Langmuir Laboratory and also takes advantage of the proximity of the facilities of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO).Students may pursue dissertation work not only with regular faculty but also with a number of NRAO staff who have adjunct appointments at Tech.

The following courses must be completed: PHYS 501 (1), 502 (1), 505 or 526 (3), 513 (3), 514 (3), 515 (3), 516 (3), 562 (3), 563 (3), 564 (3), 565 or 566 (3), and 579. In addition, PHYS 426 (3) must be completed unless the student has had equivalent material in previous courses.