Pursuing a program that bridges multiple disciplines addresses the increasingly cross-cutting nature of doctoral research.
In addition to the Ph.D. program in physics, the Department of Physics offers an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in cooperation with other departments at Stevens. The interdisciplinary Ph.D. program aims to take advantage of the complementary educational offerings and research opportunities in multiple areas. Any student who wishes to enter a interdisciplinary program needs to obtain the consent of the participating departments and the subsequent approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies. The students will follow a study plan designed by his/her faculty advisor. In particular, the student must declare which department will be the home department (i.e., the department where the majority of courses is being taken), and arrange for written consent of advisors in both departments involved.
Nanotechnology Graduate Program
The interdisciplinary Ph.D. allows students to designate a concentration in nanotechnology through the Nanotechnology Graduate Program (NGP). To qualify for the nanotechnology concentration, the student must satisfy all the above requirements for an interdisciplinary Ph.D. and additionally complete the NGP common core courses (NANO 600 and NANO 525/625), a minimum of five elective NANO courses, as well as regularly attend the seminar series in the Nanotechnology Curriculum (NANO 700).
Note that the requirement for five elective NANO courses are allowed to overlap with the requirements for an interdisciplinary Ph.D. involving the PEP department. In particular, courses NANO/PEP 553, NANO/PEP 554, NANO/PEP 555 are cross-listed with the NPG program. In addition, a Ph.D. candidate must successfully execute a doctoral dissertation in the realm of nanotechnology. Interested students should follow the normal graduate application procedures through the Dean of Graduate Studies.