Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy

Overview

Opportunities for study are those usually associated with large research universities, while the atmosphere of a small liberal arts university with an ideal faculty/student ratio is maintained.

For admission to the program, students should have knowledge of senior level undergraduate mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, and quantum physics. The course of study for each student is planned in conference with the graduate advisor after an evaluation of academic background and experience. Deficiencies may be removed during the first year of study by taking remedial courses.

The research interests of the graduate faculty are in experimental and computational biophysics, nanotechnology, optics, experimental and theoretical solid state physics, particle physics, and relativity. All research laboratories are well-equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation, such as subpicosecond pulsed lasers; EPR; time-resolved, UV-vis spectrophotometers; optical tweezers; atomic force microscopes; single molecule manipulators; high-sensitivity optical and confocal microscopes; numerous, standard biochemical research apparatuses; and others. The Center of Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials (www.wfu.edu/nanotech), which houses state-of-the-art electronmicroscopies, and sample analysis and preparation instruments and a clean room, is part of the physics department. Theoretical research is supported by the DEAC Linux Cluster with several thousand computational processing cores.

For more details on the PhD program, visit www.wfu.edu/physics or write to the chair of the graduate committee.

Departmental graduate committee: Salsbury (chair), Bargigia, Carroll, Guthold, Kandada, Cho.