Program Descriptions and Requirements
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How to Apply
To apply for either the MS in Physics or Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences/Medical Physics program, please apply at the Graduate Admissions website.
The Department of Physics has a limited number of assistantships available for both M.S. and Ph.D. students. If you are interested in being considered for an assistantship award, please print this assistantship application, complete it and submit it with your application materials to the Graduate Admissions office.
Master of Science in Physics
Coordinator: Gopalan Srinivasan
The program leading to a degree of Master of Science in physics consists of courses, research, seminar participation and a final research report or critical essay. A formal thesis is not required. Students receiving this degree will be prepared to work toward the Doctor of Philosophy in physics, to teach at the junior college level or to work in industry. The average candidate entering in the fall semester will usually require two academic years to complete the degree. A well prepared candidate should complete the required courses and research credits in three semesters. Each student’s program will be adjusted to his/her interests and background.
The basic degree requirements are the successful completion of 36 credits of graduate courses distributed as follows: 4 credits of PHY 673 (Quantum Mechanics); 1 credit of PHY 600 (Seminar); 23 credits of additional 400-, 500- or 600-level courses approved by the department; 8 credits of research, including a final written report or critical essay.
Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences: Medical Physics
Coordinator: Bradley Roth
The College of Arts and Sciences offers a biomedical sciences doctoral program with a specialization in medical physics, which is centered in the Department of Physics. Medical physicists are providing primary contributions to advances in diagnostic and therapeutic medicine. Laser surgery, ultrasonics, nuclear medicine, radiotherapy and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging are examples of medical modalities developed and implemented by medical physicists. The medical physics specialization of the biomedical sciences doctoral program is designed for students who plan careers in medical research in industrial, hospital and academic settings. The curriculum prepares studentsto engage in research in areas of physics applied to medicine. Ph.D. candidates may elect to do their dissertation research either with one of a number of Oakland University faculty currently involved in biomedical research or with one of the scientists in area hospitals that collaborate closely with the university. Among these are: Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, and William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. In addition to available Oakland University graduate assistantships, hospitals participating in this program may provide support for qualified students. Interested students should consult the program coordinator for details.
Within 12 months after entering the program, each student must demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate undergraduate level in the following areas: modern physics (PHY 371); physical chemistry (CHM 343); and at least three of the following: computer sciences, statistics (STA 226), differential equations (APM 257), electronics (PHY 341, 347), electricity and magnetism (PHY 381), and physiology (BIO 321). Proficiency may be demonstrated through previous coursework or special examinations. Students may satisfy proficiency requirements by completion with a grade of 3.0 or higher in the appropriate courses listed above. Areas of graduate-level proficiency required for the medical physics specialization are: theoretical physics, mathematical methods in scientific research, biophysical sciences and laboratories. Proficiency in theoretical physics would typically be established by taking several of the following courses: PHY 472, 482, 522, 552 and 562. Courses used to satisfy the mathematical methods area might include: STA 425, 427 or 501 and APM 533, 534. The biophysical sciences area proficiencies could be met by taking: BIO 401; CHM 234, 235 and 342; PHY 525 and 726. Laboratory proficiency may be satisfied by laboratory courses or by research.