2015-2016 Catalog 
    
    Nov 13, 2019  
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Science, PhD


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There are three options in the Applied Science, PhD:

  • Interdisciplinary
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Interdisciplinary Option


We offer an interdisciplinary option for students who desire a tight integration of two disciplines within the program (Mathematics, Physics, Applied Bioscience).  These students will have co-advisors from the two different disciplines. The student and the advisors will design a sequence of courses which is appropriate for the student’s research direction and maintains academic rigor. Because the student in the interdisciplinary option will straddle two disciplines, the student will not be expected to take the full set of qualifying exams for both disciplines. However, the student must take two PhD level qualifying exams from one or both disciplines, demonstrating an appropriate expertise in the selected interdisciplinary areas.  For more information regarding this option, please contact Dr. Tom Christensen at tchriste@uccs.edu.

Program Requirements


  • Complete a minimum of 36 hours of course work.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 hours of dissertation work. 

Hours of course work and dissertation work must total 75.

Mathematics Option


The Department of Mathematics offers a program leading to a PhD in Applied Science with a specialization in Mathematics.  Please see the Math department website for more information on the Math PhD program.

Admission Requirements


 Applicants must:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
    Applicants with degrees other than mathematics (e.g. biological sciences, physics, engineering) should have mathematical preparation comparable to that of a baccalaureate in mathematics.
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 (“A” is equivalent to 4.0).
  • International applicants must complete the TOEFL exam with a minimum score of 550-600 (paper-based exam) or 213-250 (computer-based exam). If the student has completed one year of full-time academic study at a U.S. institution, this requirement can be waived.
  • Provide all university transcripts.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation.
  • Submit UCCS graduate school application forms.
  • Promising students who do not meet all of the requirements may be considered for provisional admission.
  • GRE scores are recommended.

The graduate application forms can be found on the Graduate School website.

Transfer Credits Policy


  • Students transferring into the program with graduate work or a Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline must satisfy the admissions requirements above.
  • Graduate level courses completed outside UCCS prior to admission may be transferable into the program.
  • Normally, transfer credits may not exceed 25% of the total required credit hours.
  • In unusual circumstances, applicants may request a review of their records to determine whether additional credits may be transferred.
  • Decisions regarding transfer of graduate credits are made by the appropriate graduate advisor, and are subject to the regulations of the UCCS Graduate School. 

Specific Program Requirements


  • Students must satisfy coursework, examination, and dissertation requirements.
  • The total hours of graduate course work and dissertation work applied to the degree must be 75.
  • This total may include course work applied toward a Master’s degree.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate course work with a GPA of 3.0 or above, and a minimum of 30 hours of dissertation work.
  • Independent study may not exceed 25% of the minimum number of hours required for the degree.
  • As part of the graduate course work, students must complete 3 two-semester sequences from the list of core courses.
  • Students in the PhD program will normally take written and oral examinations.

Note:


Graduate level courses from other departments may be accepted with the consent of the graduate advisor.

Core Courses (18 credit hours)


Each PhD student in the mathematics track must complete 3 two-semester sequences from the following areas: 

  • Complex Analysis 
  • Applied Differential Equations 
  • Probability 
  • Real Analysis
  • Ring Theory

Examinations


Students in the PhD program will normally take two written preliminary examinations and two written comprehensive examinations. These examinations are closely linked to the content of graduate courses, but they have distinct content descriptions, and may require independent study of material not covered in the courses.

The preliminary examinations cover real analysis and linear algebra at the Master’s degree level. The graduate committee will review the performance on the preliminary examinations to determine if the student may move forward in the PhD program. At the discretion of the graduate committee, the required preliminary examinations may be waived for students entering the graduate program with a Master’s degree, or with a comparable level of preparation.

The two PhD comprehensive examinations will each cover material corresponding to one of the three required PhD core sequences. Normally, students will have at most two attempts to pass each comprehensive exam, and may attempt exams in no more than three distinct core subject areas. Exceptions must be approved by the graduate committee.

There will be an oral dissertation proposal examination administered by the dissertation advisory committee to determine if the dissertation topic is appropriate, and if the student is adequately prepared for work on the dissertation.

After the dissertation has been accepted by the dissertation advisor, a final oral dissertation defense examination will be conducted by the dissertation advisory committee.

Physics Option


The Physics Department offers a program leading to a PhD in Applied Science with a specialization in Physics. The key information about the program is given below.

For information about the graduate program, please contact Dr. Robert Camley at rcamley@uccs.edu.

The primary research interests of the department can be found at http://www.uccs.edu/~physics/research.html.

Admission Requirements


Applicants must:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in biological sciences, mathematics, physics, or equivalents from an accredited college or university.
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 (“A” is equivalent to 4.0).
  • Non-English speaking applicants must complete the TOEFL exam with a minimum score of 525 (paper-based exam) or 200 (computer-based exam). If the student has completed one year of full-time academic study at a U.S. institution, this requirement can be waived.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation, all past university transcripts, and complete an application form.
  • Promising students who do not meet all of the requirements may be considered as provisional applicants.

The graduate application forms can be found on the Graduate School website.

Transfer of Credits


Students transferring into the program with a Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline also need to satisfy all the standards below for graduation. However, students may request a review of their existing credits and may have the number of credits required reduced at the discretion of the physics graduate advisor. If appropriate, the entire set of Master’s degree courses can be applied to the PhD program.

Program Requirements


The student must complete a total of 75 hours of coursework and dissertation. This includes:

    1. A minimum of 36 hours of course work with GPA above 3.0:

  • 21 hours of Core courses
  • 15 hours of Specialization, Elective or Interdisciplinary courses

    2. A minimum of 30 hours of dissertation work, and complete and successfully defend the dissertation.

To meet the 75 hour requirement, the student will need to have additional coursework or additional dissertation hours above the minimum.

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