After completing six (6) courses (3 in physics and 3 in SEAS with a B average or better in each
group), a student may petition the EP Program for a comprehensive Exam comprised of a
written and an oral part. The written part will cover two focus areas selected by the student (one
in Physics and one in SEAS). A focus area is defined by two thematically connected courses as
approved by the advisor and the EP Program Coordinators. Two sets of questions – one set from
each area – must be answered in a 4 hour period. The written portion will be followed after about
two weeks by an oral exam covering the selected focus areas including the material addressed in
the written exam.
The Examining Committee will be comprised of three professors – at least one
from Physics and one from SEAS – related to the selected focus areas. All areas chosen by the
student must be connected to upper level graduate courses. After passing the Comprehensive
Examination the student may present a thesis proposal during the following semester.
The guidelines stated above refer to students entering the program with B.S. degree.
Students entering the Engineering Physics Ph.D. Program with an M.S. degree in science or engineering are required to complete four (4) graduate level courses (2 in physics and 2 in SEAS with a B average or better in each group) prior to the comprehensive exam. The student can then petition the EP Program for a comprehensive exam comprised of a written and an oral part.
The two (2) required physics courses, which comprise the physics section of the exam, must be from the traditional physics course combinations:
PHYS 5210 - Theoretical Mechanics I /PHYS 8310 - Statistical Mechanics , OR
PHYS 7420 - Electricity and Magnetism I / PHYS 7430 - Electricity and Magnetism II, OR
PHYS 7610 - Quantum Theory I / /PHYS 7620 - Quantum Theory II