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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

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


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List

Program Information

This program emphasizes the practical, engineering applications of theoretical and fundamental physical concepts. The program 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.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

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

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 1
Spring: September 1
Summer: January 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 requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

Same as university plus:

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

Students Entering with Prior Masters Degrees from Other Institutions
Some prior coursework toward the class requirements outlined below may be counted. However, at least six classes 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)


Program Degree Requirements



Core courses in theoretical and applied areas
Lab or computer training
Industrial Practicum
Dissertation Research





Mathematical Methods I
Electricity and Magnetism I
Quantum Mechanics I
Quantum Mechanics II
Statistical Mechanics


Laboratory or computer experience: 0-1 classes
This may be met, for example, by submitting an experimental thesis or dissertation, by taking one of the classes listed below, or through sufficiently rigorous relevant experience (e.g., prior courses, industrial employment, etc.).


Modern Laboratory Techniques
Electronics for Research


Computational experience: 01 classes
This may be met, for example, by submitting a computational thesis or dissertation or by completing one of the courses listed below, or through sufficiently rigorous relevant experience (e.g., prior graduate or undergraduate courses, industrial employment, etc.).


Computational Physics I
Computational Physics
Measurement and Instrumentation


At least an additional 4 graduate-level classes, of which at least 2 are in PhysicsAny graduate-level classes (excluding research and seminars), including any of the courses mentioned above, if they are not used to fulfill other requirements. Among the possible elective courses are Biophysics I and II, Materials I and II, Solid-State Physics I and II, Lasers and Applications, Electricity and Magnetism II, Classical Mechanics, Atomic and Molecular Spectra I and II, Physical Applications of Group Theory, Light-wave Devices, and special-topics courses.

Industrial Practicum 3 hours
PHZ 7940 3 Industrial Practicum
Contact department for details

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: 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 Graduate School.



An important feature of this program is a course in laboratory measurement and instrumentation and a field-site industrial practicum, which comprise the six hours of lab training.






College Degree Requirements

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


USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships


Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to 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: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: 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.


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,