Department of Science
School of Sciences and Engineering (SSE)
Professors: S. Arafa, F. Assabghy, M. Gaafar, H. Omar
Associate Professors: A. El Fiqi (Unit Head), A. Shaarawi
Assistant Professors: T. Hassanein, R. Singleton
The excitement of discovery can be experienced when we learn the value of Physics in solving practical problems and in gaining insight into everyday phenomena, and its significance as an achievement of the human intellect in its quest for understanding the world we all live in.
Physics has always attracted special students, challenged by modern theories that shaped and are still shaping our understanding of the universe like the theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, superconductivity and particle physics; just to name a few. A degree in Physics leaves one poised to enter many professions that include but are not limited to traditional physics. The discipline of Physics teaches skills that are transferable to many other professions, including electronics, computer and oil industries. These transferable skills include: mathematical modeling, problem solving, designing experiments, interpretation of experimental data, reflecting on answers before trusting them, research experience, laboratory techniques and communication skills.
Bachelor of Science
The undergraduate program in physics is designed to give students a thorough but flexible training in the fundamental aspects of classical and modern physics. Lecture material is reinforced and complemented by closely integrated laboratory work. The varied course offerings provide several options from which students may choose according to their interests and abilities.
Students may also elect to minor in any field using their general electives and a maximum of 9 hours from the concentration electives in order to satisfy the requirements for the minor.
A student who intends to major in physics must complete successfully PHYS 111, PHYS 123 L, PHYS 112, PHYS 124 L, MATH 131 and MATH 132 with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in these courses. To change from any other major to physics the student should have completed the above courses, in addition to an overall and concentration GPA's not less than 2.5.
A total of 132 credit hours is required for the bachelor's degree in physics distributed as follows:
Core Curriculum (40 credits)
The science requirement of the core curriculum electives is met within the physics concentration requirements.
Concentration Requirements (43 credits)