In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Natural Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.
For admission to the doctoral degree program in astrophysics and astronomy on regular status, the student must have:
- Completed mathematics and astronomy or physics courses equivalent to those that are required for an undergraduate major in physics or astronomy.
- A satisfactory grade–point average, normally at least 3.00, in the courses referenced in item 1. above.
Students who do not meet the requirements for admission to the program on regular status may be admitted on a provisional basis to remove deficiencies.
Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Astrophysics and Astronomy
The student must:
- Pass the doctoral qualifying exam that tests basic knowledge of undergraduate physics with a grade of A before the end of the student's first semester of the second year. A maximum of three attempts is allowed on this exam.
- Complete the following core graduate physics courses or their subject examinations, and the following core of astronomy courses, with a grade-point average of 3.375 or higher.
Two of the following:
PHY 820 Classical Mechanics (3)
PHY 831 Statistical Mechanics (3)
PHY 841 Classical Electrodynamics I (3)
PHY 851 Quantum Mechanics (3)
All of the following:
AST 810 Radiation Astrophysics (3)
AST 825 Galactic Astronomy (3)
AST 835 Extragalactic Astronomy (3)
AST 840 Stellar Astrophysics (3)
- Satisfactorily complete 6 credits in Astronomy 805 Research Project. This research project is taken over two semesters and will be graded on the basis of a written paper and oral examination that also serves as the student’s comprehensive examination.
- Complete a minimum of 6 credits of additional course work in physics, astrophysics or computation, with a grade-point average of 3.375 or higher at the 800-level or above as chosen in consultation with the student’s guidance committee.
- Complete training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).
- Complete one semester as a Teaching Assistant (TA). International students who are not native English speakers must pass the SPEAK test in order to be a TA.
- Complete 24 credits of doctoral dissertation research in AST 999.
- Complete a doctoral dissertation on original research, followed by an oral examination in defense of the dissertation.