Physics (BSc)

Prof. Jürgen Fritz, Professor of Biophysics während eines Seminars.

Welcome to Physics@Jacobs!

Physics – arguably the most mature of the natural sciences. Since the days of Galileo and Newton, it has lost nothing of its fascination. At the beginning of the 21st century, new perspectives open up, both within the traditional disciplinary boundaries and in areas where physics makes contact to other natural sciences, e.g. in chemical physics, biophysics, molecular electronics, and nanotechnology.


Undergraduate Curriculum in Physics

Below are the core modules for the physics program. In addition to those you will take mathematics and other non-physics courses from the Jacobs Track (see above).


Year 1

Take two physics CHOICE Modules, and one CHOICE Module from another program.

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 Physics and Earth and Environmental Sciences 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 which is then applied to Electromagnetism and Modern Physics. 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 their applications. Topics include vector calculus, differential equations, complex analysis; mechanics of systems of particles, oscillations, waves; modern physics and electromagnetism. 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 two from the physics program.

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.

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.


Year 3

Take CAREER Modules and choose between World and Campus Track.

5th Semester

World Track:  Physics-specific Internship / Study Abroad

Campus Track:  Additional CORE or Specialization Modules

6th Semester

Physics Project / BSc Thesis Module by joining a research group in physics
Physics Specialisation Module, exemplary course offerings are:
• Advanced Quantum Physics
• Biophysics
• Computer Simulations with Biomedical Applications
• Gravity, Cosmology and Black Holes
• Laser Spectroscopy in Physical and Life Sciences
• Nanoscience
• Particles and Fields
• Physics of Information Technology


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