Total Minimum Hours: 57 credit hours
Core courses in theoretical and applied areas 15 hours
General Option or Concentration Option 18 hours
Dissertation Research (PHY 7980) 24 hours
Core courses 15 hours
PHZ 5115 3Methods of Theoretical Physics I
PHY 63463Electromagnetic Theory I
PHY 66453Quantum Mechanics I
PHY 66463Applied Quantum Mechanics
PHY 65363Statistical Mechanics
General Option 18 hours
Laboratory or Computer Experience 3 hours
Laboratory experience: 01 classes:
This may be met, for example, by submitting an experimental thesis or dissertation, by: an approved graduate-level elective; submitting an experimental thesis or dissertation; or through sufficiently rigorous relevant experience (e.g., prior courses, industrial employment, etc.). Contact the department for a current list of approved courses.
Computational experience: 01 classes
This may be met, for example, by the following: an approved graduate-level elective; submitting a computational thesis or dissertation; or through sufficiently rigorous relevant experience (e.g., prior graduate or undergraduate courses, industrial employment, etc.). Contact the department for a current list of approved courses.
Electives 12 hours
At least an additional four (4) graduate-level classes, of which at least two (2) are in Physics
Any graduate-level classes (excluding research and seminars) not used to fulfill other requirements. Contact the department for a current list of approved courses.
Industrial Practicum 3 hours
PHZ 79403Industrial Practicum
Contact department for details
Medical-Physics Concentration Option 18 hours
The Medical-Physics Concentration is administered jointly by the Department of Physics of the University of South Florida and the Medical Physics Faculty Group of the Moffitt Cancer Center. The Ph.D. degree program in Applied Physics with an emphasis in medical-physics has been accredited since 2015 by the Commission on the Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, CAMPEP.
Students in the medical-physics concentration must:
1.Fulfill the course requirements for a Ph.D. in applied physics;
2.Fulfill the course requirements for medical physics per CAMPEP; and
3.Perform medical physics research leading to a dissertation and a minimum of two papers submitted to peer- reviewed journals before graduation.
For the medical physics concentration, the Radiotherapy Physics Clinical Practicum substitutes for the Industrial Practicum. Instead of the four electives for the general Ph.D. in Applied Physics, students take the following medical physics core courses, automatically satisfying the requirements in computation and laboratory experience (credit hours in parentheses):
PHY 6938(3)Selected Topics in Physics: Radiation Therapy Physics (proposed RAD 6628)
PHY 6938(3)Selected Topics in Physics: Radiation Physics and Dosimetry (proposed PHZ 6736)
PHY 6938(3)Selected Topics in Physics: Radiobiology for Physicists(proposed PHZ 6730)
EEL 6935(3)Selected Electrical Topics: Biomedical Image Processing
PHC 7935(3)Special Topics in Public Health: Radiation Health Principles
GMS 6605(3)Basic Medical Anatomy
Doctoral Qualifying Examination:
The Doctoral Qualifying Examination consists of two parts: The Credentials Certification and the Dissertation Proposal. Following successful completion of these two parts, the student may submit the paperwork for doctoral candidacy. The students presentation of the Dissertation Proposal may occur at any time after successful completion of the Credentials Certification.
The Student, in consultation with his/her research advisor, will assemble a supervisory committee consistent with the rules of the Office of Graduate Studies. It is the responsibility of the supervisory committee to evaluate the students academic and research accomplishments and potential according to departmental standards, and if these are met, to certify that the student may proceed to the next step. Contact the Department for details.
To become a Ph.D. Candidate, the student must present a written dissertation proposal and successfully defend that proposal to the supervisory committee. Contact the Department for details.
Dissertation 24 credit hours
PHY 7980 (2-9)Dissertation: Doctoral
The candidate will conduct original and significant research, describe that research and the results in a doctoral dissertation and defend that dissertation in an oral presentation to the supervisory committee. The defense is open to the public and must be scheduled according to the regulations of the Office of Graduate Studies.