Physics Plus B.Sc.

 

Key Info

Basic Information

Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
8 semesters
ECTS Credits:
240Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.

Language:
German

Admission Requirements

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), subject specific university entrance qualification, or an equally recognized university entrance qualification (HZB)

  • Proficiency in German --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.

Admission to First Semester

Open
No NC for WiSe 2020

Admission to Higher Semesters

Open
No NC

Enrollment Requirements

  • SelfAssessment --- Mehr Informationen ---

    SelfAssessment

    RWTH Aachen self assessments are online advising processes for deciding what to study. You must complete the subject-specific Self Assessment "Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften". You are also required to participate in a Physics Studies Information Day. You will need to show proof of participation in both the Self Assessment and information day at the time on enrollment. You can find additional information and the corresponding links on this page under Prerequisites.

Dates and Deadlines

 

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.

 

Mandatory! Physics Information Day

  1. The Institutes of Physics provide information about the physics courses of study at RWTH during multiple Student Information Days each year. Proof of participation on one of these dates must be provided during enrollment.
 

Guidance to Help Students Decide Between Programs

Prospective students, who are trying to decide between the two Physics bachelor’s degree program models, are offered helpful guidance by the physics department. The prospective student information day – an obligatory enrollment requirement for both courses of study – serves to advise and guide students. Both degree programs will be presented in detail to help new students decide what is right for them.

 

Degree Content

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.

Curriculum

Semester Experimental Physics Theoretical Physics Mathematics Practical Training
1 Mechanics,
Relativity

Mathematical
Methods

Calculus
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

To find more information on study abroad, prerequisites, decision aids, and career prospects, please take a look at the “sister” course of study: Course of Study Description Physics, B.Sc.

 

Examinations Regulations

Regulations that apply for all Bachelor and Master courses of study as well as detailed information about the necessary documentation of required language skills can be found in RWTH’s Comprehensive Examination Regulation. Examination regulations are only published in German as they are legally binding.

Subject Specific Exam Regulations are not yet available. They regulate academic goals, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.

 

Faculty

The Bachelor course of study in Physics Plus is offered by the Department of Physics in the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences.