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Graduate Catalog 2018/2019


Physics, Applied (APD)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 40.0801
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 87
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 57

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Physics Department (PHY)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue ISA 2019 B
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Xiaomei Jiang
Phone: 813-974-7765
Email: xjiang@usf.edu

Website: http://www.cas.usf.edu/physics/


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Major Information

This major emphasizes the practical, engineering applications of theoretical and fundamental physical concepts. The major encompasses the areas of laser physics, materials physics, computational physics, environmental physics and sensors, biomedical physics and imaging science.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 1
Spring: September 1
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • three letters of recommendation
  • a statement of purpose
  • GRE General Test scores required, GRE Physics Subject Test scores recommended.

Applicants for admission to the Ph.D. program must indicate whether they are requesting the medical-physics concentration option.

Students Entering with Prior Master's Degrees from Other Institutions
Some prior coursework toward the requirements outlined below may be counted. However, at least six courses approved by the Director of Graduate Studies must be completed at USF in a discipline related to the Ph.D. Degree.

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)

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Major Requirements

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.

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.

Dissertation Proposal
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.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

PHZ5115, PHY6346, PHY6645, PHY6646, PHY6536, PHY6846L, PHY5720C, PHZ5156C, PHZ5151C, PHY6753, PHY7980,