From the large-scale processes that form galaxies to the complex phenomena we encounter at a quantum scale, Physics is the science of the most fundamental forces that shape our Universe, govern our lives and underlie our technological achievements. At Ahmedabad University, the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Major in Physics gives students a rigorous and hands-on instruction in the principles of this science.

The major promotes exposure to research alongside an active role in society. In lab courses, students have the opportunity to work hands-on with equipment. The Undergraduate thesis or group capstone project requires students to carry out in-depth research in an area of their interest. They may also work on individual projects, assisting faculty research. Through laboratory and theory courses and combined with Ahmedabad University’s interdisciplinary course of study outside the major, the Bachelors in Physics hopes to create the well-rounded scientists of tomorrow.

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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 problem-solving 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 hands-on 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 cutting-edge 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 project-based 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, Differential Equations, and Complex Analysis
Discipline Electives

In their final year, 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
Quantum Field Theory
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, Waves and Optics, Quantum Mechanics (1 course) and 2 more courses from either the Core courses or Discipline 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
I Foundation Programme GER (Communications 1)
II Classical Mechanics Introductory Physics Lab 1 Mathematics (Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations) Programming/Chemistry GER (Communications 2)
III Electromagnetic Theory Introductory Physics Lab 2 GER (Mathematics -Vector and Complex Analysis) GER (Social Sciences)
IV Quantum Mechanics 1 Waves and Optics (with lab) GER (Mathematics – Linear Algebra) GER (Humanities) Free Elective
V Thermodynamics Quantum Mechanics 2 Electrical Circuits and Electronics (with lab) GER (Performing and Visual Arts)
VI Solid State Physics Atomic, Nuclear and Molecular Physics (Spectroscopy) GER (Biology/Biophysics/Bioengineering/Biology-inspired Physics/Engineering) Free Elective
VII Discipline Elective Undergraduate Thesis 1 Free Elective Free Elective
VIII Discipline Elective Undergraduate Thesis Part 2 Free Elective Free Elective

Faculty

Aditya Vaishya
Ashwin Pande
Raghavan Rangarajan

School of Engineering and Applied Science:

Deepak Verma
Gaurav Goswami
Mitaxi Mehta
Faculty Spotlight

Professor Aditya Vaishya develops instruments for understanding tiny atmospheric particles called aerosols. His research has taken him on an instrumented aircraft flying high over the Indo-Gangetic plain and it has taken him to the Arctic, where he researched the effects of human activity on altering aerosol properties.

How do aerosols grow under changing humidity fields? How do they interact with radiation? How do essential climate variables influence the properties of aerosols? By answering these questions, Professor Vaishya helps us understand the complex nexus between atmospheric aerosols and climate.

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.


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