The Ph.D. in Nanoscale Science requires 72 credit hours. Core courses account for at least 22 credit hours, and elective courses account for at least 9 credit hours. The remaining credit hours are fulfilled by enrolling in NANO 8681, NANO 8682, and NANO 8900. Students may count additional elective courses towards meeting the 72 credit hour requirement with approval of the Graduate Program Director.
Admission to Candidacy Requirements
After completing the appropriate core courses and at least three elective courses, each student delivers and defends an oral presentation that addresses research completed or in progress, plus proposed research for completion of the dissertation. The presentation/defense is delivered to the student’s dissertation committee. The student is questioned by the committee about his/her research, plus material from any relevant graduate level courses the student has completed. Students who fail the exam on the first attempt will be provided a second opportunity to pass it, and will be advised by the committee on how to better prepare for the second attempt. Students who do not pass on the second attempt will be offered the option of obtaining a Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline (depending on which electives the student has completed) but will not be allowed to continue on to the Ph.D. degree. Under normal circumstances, students are expected to pass the qualifying exam prior to the sixth semester in residence.
Note: * Students enroll in NANO 8681 during every semester in residence.
** Students enroll in NANO 8682 during every semester in residence, except during the semester in which they enroll in NANO 8001.
Students complete a minimum of 9 credit hours of elective coursework in a chosen science or engineering discipline, in addition to completing the core courses. Any of the following elective course options are acceptable, or a course approved by the Graduate Program Director. Elective courses are selected in consultation with the student’s advisor or dissertation advisor and dissertation committee to best meet the student’s needs and interests.
- BIOL 7000-8999
- CHEM 7000-8999
- ECGR 7000-8999
- MEGR 7000-8999
- PHYS 7000-8999
- OPTI 7000-8999
Students must pass 6 exams (4 if done during the first year) covering announced topics in nanoscale science. The exams require knowledge of basic principles of nanoscale science and current literature and will be administered monthly. Each student is expected to take the cumulative exam each time it is offered until he/she passes the required number of exams. Student progress in complete the cumulative exams is tracked by the Program Director.
General Science Proficiency Exam (GSPE)
The purpose of the GSPE is to ensure that students possess a working knowledge of material needed to master concepts in nanoscale science. The exam will cover introductory material in chemistry, physics and mathematics (including calculus). The exam will be administered three times per year, in August, January, and May. Students are expected to take the GSPE each time it is offered until they pass it. Each student will discuss his/her performance on the GSPE with the Program Director regardless of whether (s)he passes the exam. The Program Director will indicate to the student any material he/she should study in greater detail and which faculty member the student should consult if he/she requires assistance in learning specific material. Students who do not pass the GSPE by the end of their first year enrolled in the program will be terminated from the program. The Program Director monitors student progress in completing the GSPE.
Additional information can be found here from the Graduate School