An Advisory Committee is required for each graduate student.
The advisor (and committee chair) should be a member of the Physics and Astronomy Department. Exceptions may be made but only with the approval of the graduate coordinator. Committee members are usually from the Physics and Astronomy Department. However, members from outside the department can be, and often are, added as well.
The purpose of the the Advisory Committee is to:
An advisory committee is officially established when a student submits a Program of Study for Graduate Students form to the graduate secretary. This is typically done at the start of a student's second semester. The advisor or committee members may be changed by submitting a Request for Program of Study Change form with all appropriate signatures again to the graduate secretary. All changes should be made as early as possible in the program and with the consent of the faculty members being dropped and/or added.