Prospective Undergraduates (Major Programmes)

B.Sc and B.Sc (Hons) in Physics

Physics is one of the most fundamental of all sciences, and is the basis of our scientific knowledge of the physical world. It seeks to explain the behaviour of matter, time and space in the universe and covers phenomena ranging from subnuclear interactions to cosmological events like the Big Bang. The traditional B.Sc. degree in Physics is centred on understanding scientific fundamentals and it is through this basic approach that advances in scientific knowledge and technological innovations have been made.

Programme Structure & Curriculum Rationale

B.Sc. (Hons.) and B.Sc. in Physics is a rigorous course covering the core topics in physics. The broadness of the scope and the training in critical thinking and in analysis will enable graduates to choose from a wide variety of careers. B.Sc. (Hons.) students can choose to specialise in one of the following areas: (i) Astrophysics, and (ii) Physics in Technology. These programmes will prepare graduates with in-depth knowledge in each area of specialisation.

Career Prospects

The Physics Department, which has research strengths in many frontier areas including nanoscience, quantum information technology, optical and magnetic materials, and biophysics, provides a stimulating learning environment for all students who wish to major in physics. Physics graduates will be able to embark on career paths in R&D in the physical sciences, engineering industries and microelectronics industries, as well as education and training, government scientific services sectors and IT. The unique problem solving skills our graduates acquire have enabled them to work and succeed in commerce, banking and finance.

Graduation Requirements

To be awarded a B.Sc. or B.Sc. (Hons.) with a primary major in Physics, candidates must satisfy the following:

Module Level Major Requirements Cumulative Major MCs
Level-1000 (24 MCs)
  • PC1141 Introduction to Classical Mechanics
  • PC1142 Introduction to Thermodynamics and Optics
  • PC1143 Introduction to Electricity & Magnetism
  • PC1144 Introduction to Modern Physics
  • MA1101R Linear Algebra I MA1102R Calculus
Level-2000 (24 MCs)
  • PC2130 Quantum Mechanics I
  • PC2131 Electricity and Magnetism I
  • PC2132 Classical Mechanics
  • PC2134 Mathematical Methods in Physics I PC2193 Experimental Physics I
  • PC2230 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Level-3000 (19-20 MCs)
  • PC3130 Quantum Mechanics II
  • PC3193 Experimental Physics II
  • And any three modules from the following electives:
  • PC3231 Electricity and Magnetism II
  • PC3232 Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • PC3233 Atomic and Molecular Physics I
  • PC3235 Solid State Physics I
  • PC3236 Computational Methods in Physics
  • PC3238 Fluid Dynamics
  • PC3241 Solid State Devices
  • PC3242 Physics of Semiconductor Processing
  • PC3243 Photonics
  • PC3246 Astrophysics I
  • PC3247 Modern Optics
  • PC3251 Nanophysics
  • PC3267 Biophysics II
  • PC3274 Mathematical Methods in Physics II
  • PC3239 Special Problems in Undergraduate Physics II
  • PC3288 UROPS in Physics I^
  • PC3289 Advanced UROPS in Physics II^
  • MLE3101 Materials Characterization
  • MLE3105 Dielectric and Magnetic Materials (3 MCs)

*** MA1104 Multivariable Calculus is a strongly recommended module.

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