These courses encompass the heart of the graduate curriculum, and are aimed at preparing each graduate student to take the more advanced elective courses directly applicable to a chosen research discipline. The core sequence includes Mathematical Methods in Physics, Advanced Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory, Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, Graduate Laboratory, Computational Physics and a course in writing and presentation.
The graduate student, in consultation with an advisor, will select which of these courses are most applicable to the student's choice of discipline. These courses include Quantum Field Theory, Nuclear Physics, Solid State Physics, Nonlinear Systems and selected topics courses.
These are the courses which represent the academic advancement that the graduate student achieves while participating in the activities of a research group. As the specific activity will vary wildly from student to student, no unified description is necessary or possible for this course.