All degree programs in Physics and Astronomy require students to complete certain courses with satisfactory grades. Since course content changes from time to time, these requirements are subject to modification and students should be careful to fulfill the requirements in effect for their class. Requests for modification of the course requirements must be addressed to the graduate committee. If a petition is necessary, students are strongly encouraged to submit the request in advance of taking the course. For students matriculating after 1 August 2015 the requirements are:
a. At least 8 full (3-credit) graduate courses, other than research, in the Physics and Astronomy Department. These courses must be chosen from the list given in the Graduate Student Handbook under Appendix: Graduate Courses by Topic. A student may petition the Graduate Program Committee to use courses outside of this list to satisfy the requirement.
Students should consult the appended list of course recommendations by research area to ensure that their course work provides optimal preparation for thesis research. A list of courses approved to satisfy requirement for each research disciplines also appended. Grades of B or better are considered evidence of satisfactory performance. An average grade of B or better will normally be expected in graduate level physics and astronomy courses, excluding teaching and research. Some research groups may have additional expectations.