Are you considering a physics degree, but aren’t sure whether your subject knowledge up to this point is sufficient? Many prospective students have a keen interest in physics, but at the same time, they have real concerns when starting a physics degree program: Will my prior knowledge be sufficient? What if I wasn’t able to take an advanced physics course at my high school? What if I could not even take a basic course? How will I be able to cope with the wealth of material if I need to catch up on many things? What if my high school graduation was some time ago?These doubts are well-founded with this demanding course of study – both in terms of content and time. The Department of Physics takes them seriously and offers prospective students the opportunity to extend their studies to eight semesters with the Physics Plus program as an alternative to the regular six-semester physics bachelor’s program. With two additional semesters, this course of study provides enough time to acquire the indispensable basic knowledge at a less hurried pace and to join the standard course of study at a later point.
The program teaches the same body of knowledge as the regular physics course of studies and leads to the same degree but allows for a more comprehensive introductory phase due to the longer study time. Those first-year students with doubts about their prior school knowledge being satisfactory are thus allowed to catch up and improve their foundational expertise during the first year of study. This concerns especially basic calculation methods and mathematical modeling, i.e., describing a quantitative problem through a mathematical approach. Besides, basic knowledge of information technology, especially in programming, is built from the beginning of the course.Students of the extended course of study also receive further support during the higher semesters, such as tutorials in theoretical physics. Any free time can be used to acquire important transferable skills in general education subjects, adding another dimension to the complex specialized studies in Physics.
The learning objectives of the two study programs Physics and Physics Plus are identical. Both offer a broad-based foundational study program in physics, i.e. they set the same high standards in preparing students for the subsequent master’s program in physics. The first semester of the eight-semester Physics Plus program contains the same physics modules as the first semester of the six-semester program. Students can thus still switch between the six- and eight-semester study plan in either direction in the first semester. During this time, the Physics department will offer personal mentoring and sessions with departmental advisers to help students decide between the two programs.
|Semester||Experimental Physics||Theoretical Physics||Mathematics||Practical Training|
|2||Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism||Experimenting, Programming, Data Processing|
|3||Optics, Quantum Physics||Higher Mathematics I||Basic Internship I|
|4||Classical Mechanics||Higher Mathematics II||Basic Internship II|
|5||Electrodynamics||Higher Mathematics III|
|6||Atoms, Molecules, Nuclei||Quantum Mechanics||Higher Mathematics IV|
|7||Solid-State Physics, Particles/Astrophysics||Statistical Physics||Advanced Internship|
|8||Specialization Subject, Bachelor Thesis (3 months), Bachelor Presentation Colloquium|
Second year of study: Studies in the minor subject of choice – Chemistry, Computer Science, Medicine or Electronics
Third year of study: General education classes in the humanities, such as Philosophy, English, or Business Administration and Economics
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