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Physics (BSc.)

Programme Overview

The General Physics major contains all the theory of the other majors and provides students with the foundations of Physics. Students with this major will be expected to learn a little about each major in the Department, as well as, some other more theoretical subjects, like Astronomy and Cosmology.

This major leaves students with an appreciation of the Physics of everything and gives them a knowledge of theoretical Physics, which tends to be more math-based, and also gives students a foothold into the world of Research.


Programme Objectives

The BSc. programme in Physics aims to:

  1. Prepare graduates for careers in, but not limited to: teaching, finance, government, business, and research;
  2. Prepare students to undertake further study in Physics at the graduate level;
  3. Provide a good grounding in the best practices in the discipline;
  4. Develop graduates' understanding of Physics;
  5. Develop students' personal skillss and professional qualities;
  6. Emphasise transferable skills e.g. team work, find solutions to problems, express problems in mathematical language, organise and manage time effectively, communicate Physics ideas clearly and succinctly, think logically and construct logical arguments, work with abstract concepts, adapt and motivate and much more. 

Admission Requirements

In order to do the BSc. Physics Degree, candidates must satisfy the requirements for entrance to the Faculty of Science and Technology. They must:


Satisfy the University requirements for Normal Matriculation.
Have obtained passes at CSEC Secondary Education General Proficiency Level (or equivalent) in Physics and two subjects at CAPE (both comprising Units 1 & 2) or at GCE A-Level (or equivalent) one of which must be Physics or Mathematics.


Satisfy the University requirements for Lower Level Matriculation.
Have obtained at CSEC Secondary Education General Proficiency level with grades I, II, or since 1998 grade III (or equivalent) in Physics and two other approved science subjects.

Programme Structure

To graduate with a Physics Major, the student must have done:

ELET 1400  Introduction to Electronics
PHYS 1411  Mechanics
PHYS 1412  Waves and Optics
PHYS 1421  Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 1422  Modern Physics
MATH1185  Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers
MATH1141  Introduction to Linear Algebra and Analytic Geometry

A major requires 36 Part II credits, 30 of which are core courses, and the other 6 from electives.

A minor requires 18 Part II credits, all of which are highlighted in the table below.                           

Core Courses
  Level II Level III
Core for Major and Minor  PHYS 2351 – Modern Physics 1  PHYS 3351 – Modern Physics II
 PHYS 2386 – Electricity and Magnetism and Optics
 PHYS 2396 – Computer Applications in Physics  PHYS 3385 – Electromagnetism
 PHYS 2300 – General Physics Lab 1

Core for Major only  ELET 2420 – Solid State Devices  PHYS 3100 – Advanced General Physics Lab
 Math 2230 - Engineering Math

Any two of the following courses can be chosen as electives, if qualified, to complete the General Physics Major:

PHYS 3399 - Research Project
Any other PHYS course
Any Level II or III Electronics course


Careers after Graduation

Career path includes, but are not limited to:

High School Teacher, University Lecturer, Finance, Researcher.

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