Recommended courses for Year 1:

  • Fall: Phys. 200A (Theoretical Mechanics)
  • Phys. 201 (Mathematical Physics)
  • Phys. 212A (Quantum Mechanics)
  • Winter: Phys. 200B (Theoretical Mechanics)
  • Phys. 203A (Adv. Classical Electrodynamics)
  • Phys. 212B (Quantum Mechanics)
  • Spring: Phys. 210A (Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics)
  • Phys. 203B (Adv. Classical Electrodynamics)
  • Phys. 212C (Quantum Mechanics)
  • Advanced graduate courses:
  • Physics Ph.D. students are required to take five advanced graduate courses (with a grade of C or better) from at least three of the groups listed below no later than the end of the third year in the program. A 3.0 in four of the five courses is required. (In lieu of the course requirement, students may petition to take an oral examination covering three areas of physics.)
  • Group 1: Physics 218A, 218B, 218C (Plasma); 235 (Nonlinear Plasma Theory)
  • Group 2: Physics 210B (Nonequilibrium Stat Mech); 210C (Statistical Field Theory); 211A, 211B (Solid State Phys); 219 (Condensed Matter Lab); 230 (Adv. Solid State Phys); 232 (Electronic Materials)
  • Physics 214 (Elementary Particles); 215A, 215B, 215C (Particles & Fields); 217 (Field Theory & Renormalization Group); 222A (Elementary Particle Phys)
  • Physics 220 (Group Theoretical Methods); 221A, 221B (Nonlinear & Nonequilibrium Dynamics); 241, 242 (Computational Phys); 243 (Stochastic Methods); 244 (Parallel Computing in Sci & Eng); Math 210A, 210B, 210C (Mathematical Methods in Phys & Eng); Math 259A, 259B, 259C (Geometrical Phys)
  • Physics 225A, 225B (Relativity); 271 (Biophys of Neurons); 272 (Biophys of Molecules)
  • Physics 223 (Stellar Structure); 224 (Interstellar Medium); 226 (Galaxies and Galactic Dynamics); 227 (Cosmology); 228 (High Energy Astrophysics and Compact Objects)
  • Note: Students enrolled in the Biophysics Ph.D. program select five courses from biology, chemistry/biochemistry, and physics in consultation with their research advisor. At least three courses must be graduate courses.