Ph.D. Curriculum
Graduate students are expected to take 5 courses per year for the first two years.

Fall 
Spring 
Year 1 
931 Math Physics I 
941 E&M I 

939 Mechanics I 
943 QM I 

806 Intro to Physics Research and Teacing 
806 Intro to Physics Research and Teaching 


Elective 
Year 2 
942 E&M II 
935 Statistical Mechanics 

944 QM II 
Elective 

805 Experimental 

Year 3 
Elective 
Elective 

999 Research 
999 Research 
Master's Curriculum
Graduate students are expected to take 5 courses per year.

Fall 
Spring 
Year 1 
931 Math Physics I 
941 E&M I 

939 Mechanics I 
943 QM I 

806 Intro to Physics Research and Teacing 
806 Intro to Physics Research and Teaching 


Elective 
Year 2 
805 Experimental 
Elective 

Elective 
Elective or Thesis 

Elective or Thesis 

Space Science Ph.D. track
Required electives
A basic training in plasma physics is needed for Ph.D. research in Space Science. Therefore, the following classes should be taken as three of the electives:
PHYS 951  Plasma Physics 
PHYS 953  Magnetohydrodynamics of the Heliosphere 
and one of
PHYS 954  Heliospheric and Galactic Physics 
PHYS 987  Magnetospheres 
Other electives
Suggestions for other electives for Space Science students are:
PHYS 810 
Introduction to Astrophysics 
PHYS 812 
Introduction to Space Plasma Physics 
PHYS 995 
Space Instrumentation 
or a course from another field of physics, such as:
PHYS 818 
Introduction to Solid State Physics 
PHYS 820 
Nuclear Physics 
PHYS 864 
Cosmology & General Relativity 
PHYS 961, 962 
Advanced Quantum Mechanics 
Depending on the research area, courses from other departments may be taken as electives (other courses are eligible with the graduate advisor's approval), e.g.:
MATH 853 
Introduction to Numerical Methods I 
MATH 854 
Introduction to Numerical Methods II 
IAM 851 
Introduction to High Performance Computing 
ME 807 
Analytical Fluid Dynamics 
ME 812 
Waves in Fluids 
ME 909 
Viscous Flow 
ME 910 
Turbulence 
ME 995 
Asymptotic Methods 