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2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics, Ph.D.

During the first two years, students normally take physics and astronomy courses while working with faculty members on one or more research projects. Course work consists of several required courses plus a number of elective courses. Students participate in weekly research seminars and journal clubs to learn about a broad range of current research. By the third year, Ph.D. students begin research work in the area of their dissertation.

Ph.D. candidates demonstrate their competency in basic undergraduate physics and in required graduate courses through a written examination. After passing the written exam, students will take an oral preliminary exam based on a research project they have completed during the first two years. At the completion of the Ph.D. dissertation, a candidate makes a public presentation of his or her work and the committee conducts a final examination to award the degree.


  • 42 hours of graduate coursework
  • 30 hours of PHYS 5980  or PHYS 5860 . Dissertation planning, development, and production guided by the committee chair and graduate committee.

Additional Requirements

The Physics PhD program educates students to become scholars and researchers in physics. Our graduates are trained to teach and to carry out original research that is theoretical, experimental, computational, or a blend of these approaches.