Ph.D. Model Program: Applied Physics

Models programs/guidelines for the Applied Physics Ph.D. are provided below. Proposed Ph.D. plans that follow these guidelines will be automatically approved by the CHD, provided that they also comply with the overall SEAS Ph.D. requirements, in particular: 10 courses overall (8 disciplinary, 2 breadth), 5 of which must be 200-level SEAS or SEAS equivalent courses (courses taught in FAS by SEAS faculty), no more than 2 that are 100-level courses (of which only 1 counts as disciplinary). For details see the SEAS CHD document.

Students following these model programs/guidelines must take the Core Courses below as well as choose one of three Tracks below. 

Plans that deviate from these guidelines will be reviewed by the CHD and approved on a case-by-case basis, although all plans must comply with the overall SEAS Ph.D. requirements.

Core Courses

One graduate course in each of the three fields listed below (electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics). In exceptional cases, the CHD may approve substituting one of the listed undergraduate courses.

Graduate level: Physics 232, AP 216, AP 217, ES 273
Undergraduate level (CHD approval required): ES 151

Quantum Mechanics:
Graduate level: Physics 251a, Physics 251b, AP/P 295a, AP/P 295b, Chem 243
Undergraduate level (CHD approval required): AP/P 195, Physics 143a, P143b, ES 170

Statistical Mechanics:
Graduate level: AP 284, AP 286, Physics 262, Chem 240*
Undergraduate level (CHD approval required): Physics 181, or (for students doing bio-related research) MCB 199

* no longer offered

Track Courses

In addition to three core courses, AP graduate students may choose one of the three tracks below:

Photonics and Nanoelectronics Track

Take one course from each field below, preferably at the graduate level:

Solid State: AP/P 295a, AP/P 195 (undergraduate level)
Quantum Devices: ES 274
Photonics/Nanoelectronics: AP 218, ES 273, Physics 223, ES 173 (undergraduate level)

Bio/Soft Matter Track

Take one course from each field below:

Continuum Mechanics: ES 220, ES 240
Math and Computational Techniques: AM 201, AM 202, AM 203, AM 205, AM 207
Bio or Soft Matter: AP 225, BCMP 200, CB 201, GEN 201

Materials Track

Take three of the four courses listed below:

Solids: Structures and Defects: AP 282
Properties of Materials: AP 218
Kinetics of Condensed Phase Processes: AP 292
Chemistry in Materials Science and Engineering: AP 235