Engineering Physics, Ph.D.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D372

Program Requirements

Required Coursework (37 hours)
PHYS 50011
PHYS 5013Mathematical Methods in Physics3
PHYS 5393Quantum Mechanics I3
PHYS 5403Quantum Mechanics II3
PHYS 5153Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 5573Electrodynamics I3
PHYS 5583Electrodynamics II3
PHYS 5163Statistical Mechanics3
12 hours of Engineering courses at 5000-level or above12
An additional course in Physics or Engineering (excluding 5980 or 6980) 13
Additional Coursework
Coursework or seminars as approved by the advisory committee0-51
Dissertation Research
EPHY 6980Research for Doctoral Dissertation ((2 hours minimum))2-53
Total Credit Hours90

May be in related fields at G4000 level or above if approved by the advisory committee and graduate liaison.


The General Examination can only be taken after passing the internal departmental qualifying exams on Quantum Mechanics, Electrodynamics, and Classical & Statistical Mechanics.

General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees

A student should expect to spend at least the equivalent of three full academic years beyond the bachelor’s degree to obtain the doctoral degree. During this period the student will take appropriate graduate coursework, successfully complete the general examination, and successfully defend and submit the final dissertation.

All coursework applied to the doctoral degree must carry graduate credit.

The doctoral degree requires at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours, including both formal coursework and hours of research.

The minimum hour requirement for a specific doctoral degree program cannot be waived.

No more than one-half of the credit hours, both OU and overall, excluding Research for Doctoral Dissertation (6980), may be S/U-graded coursework.

The student must be in residence at OU for at least two consecutive 16-week semesters during the pursuit of the doctoral degree while enrolled and engaged in coursework or research activities as prescribed by the major academic unit.

For more detailed regulations and requirements for Doctoral degrees, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin: