The qualifying exam in physics has been redesigned starting with the 2014/15 entering class. Going forward, the Qualifying Exam will consist of an oral exam taken in the second year, typically in the Fall or Winter quarter. The student will make a presentation about a recent development or paper in an area of research interest to the student to a faculty exam committee. Exhibiting command of the material in answering questions from the committee about the relevant physics will be required. For more details, see the FAQ page and the guidelines in the pdf file attached to this page (below).

March 2015 Update - Physics Oral Qual Policy Description.pdf69.66 KB