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Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
Graduate Catalog 2004-2006
 
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     Note: This Catalog is superseded by the 2005-2006 Catalog.

Department of Physics

department web page: www.uta.edu/physics/
department contact: www.uta.edu/physics/contact.html
graduate web page:
graduate contact:

Chair

John L. Fry
108 Science Hall
817.272.2266

Admission Criteria | M.S. Degree Requirements | Ph.D. Degree Requirements | Courses

Areas of Study and Degrees

Physics
M.S.

Physics and Applied Physics
Ph.D.

Mathematical Sciences
Ph.D.
(See Interdepartmental and Intercampus Programs.)

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis and Non-Thesis

Graduate Advisor (M.S. Programs)

Q. Zhang
202B Science Hall, 817.272.2020

Graduate Faculty

Professors

Black, De, Fry, Koymen, Musielak, Ray, Rubins, Sharma, Weiss, White

Associate Professors

Brandt, Liu, Zhang

Assistant Professors

Cuntz, Yu

Objective

The objective of graduate work in physics is to prepare the student for continued professional and scholarly development as a physicist. The Physics MS Degree Programs are designed to give the student advanced training in all fundamental areas of physics through formal courses and the options of some degree of specialization or participation in original research in one of a variety of projects directed by the faculty.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Physics and Applied Physics Program combines the traditional elements of a science doctoral program with courses in specifically applied topics and internship in a technological environment. It is designed to produce highly trained professionals with a broad perspective of the subject which may prepare them equally well for careers in academic or in government or industrial laboratories. Current research in the department is predominantly in the areas of condensed matter physics, materials science, and high-energy physics and includes a wide range of theoretical work in solid state physics and experimentation in laser physics, optics, positron physics, solid state and surface physics, and high-energy physics.

Admission Criteria

Master of Science Program

For unconditional admission to the Master of Science program in physics, the candidate must satisfy the general admission requirements of the Graduate School, including a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School and favorable letters of recommendation from individuals able to assess the applicant's potential for success in a Masters program. In addition, the candidate should have satisfactorily completed at least 24 undergraduate hours of advanced physics and supporting courses and should have minimal GRE scores of 350 in Verbal, 650 in Quantitative, and 450 in Analytical Writing.

Doctor of Philosophy Program

For unconditional admission to the Doctor of Philosophy program, an applicant must have a master's degree or 30 semester hours of graduate credit in physics or a related field and satisfy the general admission requirements of the Graduate School, including a minimum graduate coursework GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School and favorable letters of recommendation from individuals able to assess the applicant's potential for success in a Ph.D. program. In addition, the applicant should have minimal GRE scores of 350 in Verbal, 650 in Quantitative, and 450 in Analytical Writing.

Applicants not meeting the minimum requirements of the department or the Graduate School for either program may still be considered for unconditional acceptance if other information in their application indicates a reasonable probability of success in graduate studies in physics.

Probationary Admission

If an applicant does not meet a majority of standards for unconditional admission outlined above, they may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Probationary admission requires that the applicant receive a B or better in their first 12 hours of graduate coursework at UTA.

Deferred and Provisional Admission

A deferred application decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate. An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Denial of Admission

A candidate may be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on the admission criteria described above.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Students that are admitted will be eligible for available scholarship and/or fellowship support. Award of scholarships or fellowships will be based on consideration of the same criteria utilized in admission decisions. To be eligible, candidates must be new students coming to UTA in the Fall semester, must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours plus any graduate credit hours as calculated by the Graduate School, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours of coursework in both long semesters to retain their fellowships.

Degree Requirements:
Master of Science

A minimum of 30 hours is required for the Master of Science degree, of which 24 hours, including a six hour thesis (minimum registration), will be in physics, and six hours may be selected from physics, mathematics, chemistry, geology, biology, or engineering as approved by the Graduate Advisor.

Degree Requirements:
Doctor of Philosophy

Each candidate must complete the following program requirements:

Each candidate must complete the following program requirements:

  1. Demonstration of competence in a minimum of 39 credit hours of core courses chosen under the guidance of the supervising committee from the following (or from courses approved in advance by the Graduate Studies Committee):
    Traditional core courses:
    PHYS 5306 Classical Mechanics
    PHYS 5307, 5308 Quantum Mechanics I, II
    PHYS 5309, 5313 Electromagnetic Theory I, II
    PHYS 5310 Statistical Mechanics
    PHYS 5311, 5312 Mathematical Methods in Physics I, II
    PHYS 5315, 5316 Solid State I, II
    Applied Physics core courses:
    PHYS 5314 Advanced Optics
    PHYS 5319 Mathematical Methods in Physics III
    PHYS 6301, 6302, 6303 Methods of Applied Physics I, II, III
    Computer Science as required by the supervising committee.
    Internship: PHYS 6304, 6604, 6904; or 6 credit hours of research with a written report plus 3 hours of Applied Physics courses.
  2. Dissertation and additional research and elective courses chosen under the guidance of the supervising committee.

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Courses in Physics (PHYS)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes. Please refer to www.uta.edu/schedule for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

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