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undergraduate Physics


BSc undergraduate program

Physics has developed fundamental concepts of space, time, and matter which have shaped our view of the universe. It not only lays the foundation for other natural sciences, but physics is also a fundamental part of modern technology as it can be found in solar cells, computers, and airplanes. The program covers an introduction to classical and modern physics followed by advanced courses in electrodynamics, relativity, quantum physics, and solid state physics, to name but a few. Students get the opportunity to participate in current faculty research projects.  The Jacobs Physics program was highly ranked in the recent CHE RANKING 2015

Program Structure and Content

Jacobs Physics program modules
Year 1
Take 3 CHOICE Modules, at least one free selection
Physics of Natural Systems
Physics of Natural Systems provides an introduction to the physical description of natural phenomena and covers fundamental topics in physics and earth and environmental sciences (EES). Important concepts from mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, electromagnetism, atoms and nuclei are introduced and applied to essential processes in Earth, marine, and planetary sciences. Structure and dynamics of natural systems are studied with moderate use of mathematics. Practical sessions will cover important experimental techniques and tools. This module provides a foundation for the higher level EES and Physics modules Earth, Ocean, and Environmental Physics, Physics and Technology, Theoretical Physics, and Physics of Matter.
Physics and Applied Mathematics
Physics and Applied Mathematics is an introduction to the mathematical description of natural phenomena. Mathematics is the language and physics is the foundation of all other natural sciences and many engineering disciplines. In this module, we will study fundamental laws of physics and the underlying mathematical concepts and applications. Topics include vector calculus, differential equations, complex analysis; mechanics of systems of particles, oscillations, waves, relativity, electrodynamics, and quantum physics. Lectures are complemented by practical sessions that provide training in computational and experimental skills, including a quantitative analysis of measurements.
Year 2
Take 3 CORE Modules, at least 2 from study program
Physics of Matter
The module provides an introduction to the physics of systems of many interacting particles. In the first part, classical thermodynamics is introduced and extended to a microscopic statistical description of many particle systems. The second part focuses on the physics of solid materials, their electronic and magnetic properties, different modes of excitations and applications especially in modern electronics and information technology. Additional lab courses give deeper insights into the systems discussed in the lectures and provide instructive examples of experiments in advanced physics.
Physics and Technology
The module discusses advanced applications of physics in modern technology using a descriptive and experimental approach. It builds on the general concepts and methods developed in the Physics of Natural Sciences Module. The first part focuses on energy sources and energy storage technology, and includes pertinent concepts of thermodynamics and physical chemistry. The second part introduces computational simulation methods as an important tool, useful for the understanding and investigation of physical systems and for a speed up of the development of new technologies. Additional lab courses give deeper insights into the systems discussed in the lectures and provide instructive examples of experiments in advanced physics.
Theoretical Physics
The module provides a thorough overview of the theoretical foundations of physics. We will study the physics of particles, fields and quanta, while exploring the mathematical structure of nature. The module covers several core topics of physics, including analytical mechanics, electrodynamics, special relativity, and quantum mechanics. Additional lab courses give deeper insights into the systems discussed in the lectures and provide instructive examples in advanced physics.
Year 3
Take CAREER Modules, choose between World and Campus Track
World Track
5th Semester:
Program-specific Internship / study abroad
6th Semester:
Program-specific Project / Thesis Module
Program-specific Specialisation Module
Exemplary course offering
Advanced Quantum Physics
Computer Simulations with Biomedical Applications
Gravity, Cosmology and Black Holes
Laser Spectroscopy in Physical and Life Sciences
Particles and Fields
Physics of Information Technology
Campus Track
5th and 6th Semester
Program-specific Project / Thesis Module
Program-specific Specialization Module (please see World Track for exemplary course offering)
Additional CORE Module
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