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, 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/Biologyinspired
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


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.