Physics and Engineering Physics Graduate Programs - College of Engineering & Natural Sciences

Physics and Engineering Physics Graduate Programs

Overview

The Department of Physics and Engineering Physics offers a graduate program leading to the M.S. degrees in physics and engineering physics and a Ph.D. degree in physics. Graduate study offers specialized training in areas relevant to the research interests of current faculty members. These areas include computational and experimental condensed matter physics, nanotechnology, laser spectroscopy, optics and applications of optics to environmental problems.

The heart of curricula for both programs is the core physics courses in quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, electromagnetic theory, and statistical mechanics. These courses, together with electives in areas of interest to both student and faculty mentors, provide a thorough grounding in physics.

Elective physics courses include nanotechnology, advanced photonics, condensed matter physics, materials science, and methods of theoretical physics. The electives courses take full advantage of the broad expertise of the faculty, all of whom maintain active research projects.

Professional Opportunities

Our faculty have strong collaborations with the departments of chemical engineering, chemistry, and biochemistry, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and petroleum engineering at The University of Tulsa and with national laboratories (AFRL, NRL, NREL, ORNL, ANL), federal agencies (NASA), research institutions and industry.

Fast Facts

The department has fully equipped laboratories for experimental research in optics, semiconductor characterization and multifunctional nanomaterials.

Most graduate faculty members in the department participate in interdisciplinary research through Tulsa Institute of Alternative Energy, Institute of Nanotechnology and Oklahoma Photovoltaic Research Institute.

Funding Opportunities

Highly qualified graduate students are typically supported in their first year by teaching assistantships and in subsequent years by research assistantships funded via external research grants acquired by supervising faculty members. For more information on applying for these opportunities, contact the program adviser or visit the Graduate School website.

Admission Information

  • Must hold baccalaureate degree from an accredited university
  • Strong GRE general test scores required
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores required for international students
  • For more additional program-related questions, contact Sanwu Wang, Program Adviser, at sanwu-wang@utulsa.edu or 918-631-3022.
  • Degree Options

    Master of Science in Physics (M.S.)

    • 30 credit hours in physics, engineering and mathematics
    • Thesis required
    • Comprehensive oral exam required

    Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (Ph.D.)

    • 72 credit hours in physics and mathematics
    • Written and oral qualifying exams required
    • Dissertation required
  • Program Learning Outcomes

    M.S.:

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of the core fields of physics
    2. Assimilate existing knowledge in a specialized subfield of physics
    3. Analyze and evaluate research, their own and that of others in the field
    4. Communicate contributions to a specialized subfield of physics both verbally and in writing
    5. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical standards for scientific endeavors and the reporting of research results

    Ph.D.:

    1. Demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the core fields of physics
    2. Assimilate and synthesize existing knowledge in a specialized subfield of physics
    3. Critically analyze and evaluate research, their own and that of others in the field
    4. Communicate original contributions to a specialized subfield of physics both verbally and in writing
    5. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical standards for scientific endeavors and the reporting of research results