Mar 07, 2021  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Physics, Ph.D.

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Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Degree Requirements

Award of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree signifies that the recipient has acquired a broad and in-depth knowledge of the discipline and has demonstrated, by successful completion and defense of an acceptable dissertation, research competence meeting the national standards of the discipline.  The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of three academic years of full-time residence (54 credit hours); satisfactory completion of the formal graduate-level course requirements, including seminars and colloquia; enrollment in at least six semester hours of dissertation courses; and successful completion of examinations in the discipline.

Doctoral students’ dissertation committees must be comprised of five members to include at least three faculty members who have their primary appointment within the Department of Chemistry and one approved member external to the Department from industry and/or academia who is acceptable to the Department and the College. A research faculty or instructional faculty may serve on dissertation committees, but he or she cannot chair the committee.  A research professor may serve as a dissertation co-advisor with a tenured/tenure-track faculty.  Candidates for the Ph.D. must specify a dissertation committee and have the names on file in the Office of the Dean at least one semester prior to their graduation.



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