Programme Outcomes
Students of the Bachelor of Science in Physics will:
 Gain a thorough introduction to principles and methods in fundamental areas of Physics, including Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Mathematical Physics
 Learn through projects and problemsolving exercises. They will be able to consider a problem involving physical phenomena, identify the physical variables and the laws of Physics that are relevant to the problem, and apply these laws in a logical manner to solve the problem
 Have handson access to laboratory equipment and learn to design experiments, build the necessary equipment (in some laboratory courses), recognise the sensitivity of the equipment they are using, take data as accurately as possible, and recognise errors in measurement
 Learn to communicate scientific concepts and experiments in a manner understandable to a layperson
 Have the opportunity to assist cuttingedge faculty research
Course Structure
All incoming Undergraduates at Ahmedabad University start with the Foundation programme, an interdisciplinary course that covers fields from Mathematics to Literature through projectbased learning.
Core
Classical Mechanics

Electromagnetic Theory

Electrical Circuits, Solid State Physics, and Electronics

Oscillations, Waves and Optics

Quantum Mechanics (2 semesters)

Thermodynamics

Laboratory Physics (2 semesters)

Atomic, Nuclear and Molecular Physics including Spectroscopy

Mathematical Courses in Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus, and Differential Equations

Discipline Electives
Students can choose from a range of discipline electives. The electives offered change every semester. Sample electives include:
Astronomy and Astrophysics

Plasma Physics

Electrodynamics

Electronics

Advanced Quantum Mechanics

Complex Analysis

Advanced Mathematical Physics

History of Science/Ideas

Fibre Optics

Nanotechnology

Materials Science

Condensed Matter Physics

Computational Physics

Undergraduate Thesis / Group Capstone Project
As with all majors at Ahmedabad University, students pursue their own interest with an undergraduate thesis in Physics. Alternatively they can opt for a group capstone project on a research project. This allows students to apply their studies and hone their research abilities on a yearlong project.
Minor
A Minor in Physics will require a student to complete courses in Classical Mechanics; Electromagnetic Theory; Oscillations, Waves and Optics; Quantum Mechanics (1 course) and 2 more courses from either the Core courses or Major Electives. It is presumed that the student will also take the Mathematics courses needed for these Physics courses.
Sample Course Structure
Semester

1

2

3

4

5

6

I

Foundation Programme 
Classical Mechanics – I*

Laboratory Physics – I*

Mathematics (Multivariable Calculus)*

Foundation Programme 

Data Science  II (General Education Requirements)

Com  I (General Education Requirements)


II

Free Elective

Com  II (General Education Requirements)


III

Electromagnetic Theory

Laboratory Physics – II

Mathematics (Differential equations)

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements


IV

Classical Mechanics – II

Oscillations, Waves and Optics

Mathematics (Linear Algebra)

Optics Lab

General Education Requirements


V

Thermodynamics

Quantum Mechanics – I

Electrical Circuits, Solid State Physics, and Electronics

Electronics Lab

General Education Requirements


VI

Quantum Mechanics – II

Atomic, Nuclear and Molecular Physics (Spectroscopy)

General Education Requirements

Free Elective

General Education Requirements


VII

Major Elective 1

Major Elective 2

Undergraduate Thesis / Group Capstone Project

Free Elective

General Education Requirements


VIII

Major Elective 3

Undergraduate Thesis / Group Capstone Project

Free Elective

Free Elective

Free Elective


*BiSemester course (BiSemester courses are delivered from approximately October to February)
The Foundation Programme runs in the first 2 months of Semester I and the last 2 months of Semester II.
Career Pathways
Graduates of the degree in Physics will gain a thorough understanding of the field of Physics. They will also be empowered with problem solving techniques and strong communication skills.
This is a perfect preparation for graduates to pursue higher degrees in Physics in India or abroad. With their interdisciplinary training at Ahmedabad University, they may pursue higher degrees in Management, Law etc. or choose alternate career paths, such as in science writing, programming or analytics.
To learn more about the Physics programme at Ahmedabad University you may send an email to physics@ahduni.edu.in
Eligibility
The Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics is open to anyone who has completed class 12 or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics as subjects. Students are expected to have a strong preparation in Mathematics for the programme.