Course Structure

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 and Magnetism
- PC1144 Introduction to Modern Physics
- MA1101R Linear Algebra I
- MA1102R Calculus

24

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

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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)

68

Level-4000
(30-32 MCs)

- PC4199 Honours Project in Physics

And any five modules from the following electives:

- PC4230 Quantum Mechanics III
- PC4236 Computational Condensed Matter Physics
- PC4240 Solid State Physics II
- PC4241 Statistical Mechanics
- PC4242 Electrodynamics
- PC4243 Atomic and Molecular Physics II
- PC4245 Particle Physics
- PC4246 Quantum Optics
- PC4248 General Relativity
- PC4249 Astrophysics II
- PC4253 Thin Film Technology
- PC4259 Surface Physics
- PC4262 Remote Sensing
- PC4264 Advanced Solid State Devices
- PC4267 Biophysics III
- PC4268 Biophysical Instrumentation and Biomolecula Electronics
- PC4274 Mathematical Methods in Physics III
- EE4437 Photonics – Principles and Applications
- EE4413 Low-dimensional Electronic Devices
- MLE4201 Advanced Materials Characterization#
- MLE4204 Synthesis and Growth of Nanostructures#
- MLE4205 Theory and Modeling of Materials Properties#

100

^ At most 4 MCs of UROPS module may be used to fufil the Physics major requirements.

# These elective modules are only offered to students reading a double degree in Materials Science and Engineering and in Physics.

Note:
Level-4000 PC prefixed modules may be taken to replace up to 8 MCs of the Level-3000 PC elective modules above. In such an event, these Level-4000 modules cannot be counted towards the Level 4000 major requirements.

B.Sc (Hons) students majoring in Physics have the option to qualify for a specialisation in
(1) Astrophysics, or
(2) Nanophysics.


To be awarded a specialisation in Astrophysics, candidates must read and pass the following modules, as part of the major requirements for B.Sc. (Hons.) with a primary major in Physics.


Module Level Major Requirements Cumulative Major MCs

Level-3000

- PC3246 Astrophysics I

4

Level-4000

- PC4248 General Relativity
- PC4249 Astrophysics II
- PC4199 Honours Project in Physics (Astrophysics)**

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To be awarded a specialisation in Nanophysics, candidates must read and pass the following modules as part of the major requirements for B.Sc. (Hons.) with a primary major in Physics.

Module Level Major Requirements Cumulative Major MCs
Level-3000
and
Level-4000
Pass any 24 MCs from the following
- PC3235 Solid State Physics I
- PC3241 Solid State Devices
- PC3242 Physics of Semiconductor Processing
- PC3243 Photonics
- PC4246 Quantum Optics
- PC4253 Thin Film Technology
- PC4199 Honours Project in Physics (Nanophysics)**

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**Honours Project has to be in the area of specialisation.

Level 5000 modules

  • To read a level 5000 module, undergraduate students must seek the approval of the Deputy Head (Education).
  • Level 5000 modules can be used to fulfil the Unrestricted Electives (UE) requirement, but not to fulfil Physics major requirements.
  • If a level 5000 module is used to fulfil undergraduate requirement, it cannot be used to fulfil MSc or PhD requirements in NUS.

 

The total MCs required at each level for graduation for a major in Physics.

Summary of Requirements B.Sc. B.Sc. (Hons.)
University Requirements

20 MC

20 MCs

Faculty Requirements

8 MCs *

8 MCs *

Major Requirements

68 MCs

100 MCs

Unrestricted Elective Modules

24 MCs

32 MCs

Total

120 MCs

160 MCs

* Faculty requirements of 12 MCs and 16 MCs [required for the B.Sc. and B.Sc. (Hons.) programmes respectively] are partially fulfilled through the reading of MA1101R and MA1102R within the major.


Students undertaking the B.Sc. and B.Sc. (Hons.) programmes are required to fulfil the remaining 8 MCs of Faculty requirements from any two of the following subject groups: Computing Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Life Sciences and Multidisciplinary & Interdisciplinary Sciences; but not from the following subject groups: Physical Sciences and Mathematical & Statistical Sciences.

 

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