Academics | Faculties | FACULTY OF NATURAL & APPLIED SCIENCES | Department of Physics & Astronomy | Bachelor of Science in Physics | NDU


Consistent with the missions of Notre Dame University – Louaize, its Faculty of Natural & Applied Sciences, and its Department of Physics & Astronomy (DPA), the B.S. in Physics degree program at the DPA aims at giving physics majors a well-rounded education that will prepare them for graduate studies and a career in research, industry, or education.

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Physics is the discovery of the inner fundamental unity of the natural world, from the whole universe to the insides of the smallest nucleus. It is the science that studies the basic laws of nature that produce the wealth of phenomena observed in everyday life.

Holders of a B.S. in Physics can pursue a career in teaching or follow graduate studies. Other options include, among others, working in hospitals as medical physicists or in industry for running quality control labs or devising numerical simulations.


Program Educational Objectives

Within three to five years after obtaining a B.S. in Physics from the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Notre Dame University – Louaize, our typical graduate will be expected to achieve one or more of the following:


  1. 1.Go on to graduate studies and succeed in producing new knowledge as demonstrated in publications;
  2. 2.Be a successful physics school teacher as demonstrated in promotions and/or caliber of school he/she is working at;
  3. 3.Be successful in industry as demonstrated in promotions, and/or caliber of companies he/she works for.

Program Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, students should:

  1. 1.Demonstrate proficiency of a given body of knowledge and skills in physics, and be well prepared for professional careers and/or graduate study;
  2. 2.Develop and demonstrate high-level cognitive thinking skills including critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and integrative thinking;
  3. 3.Be effective communicators in their field of knowledge (write reports, present findings to peers, and explain physics to the general public);
  4. 4.Demonstrate ethical values such as integrity and responsibility for the common good.

Major Requirements Suggestions

Astrophysics courses: AST 320, 321, 370. Students opting for two of these courses are encouraged to take the third as a free elective.

Hydrodynamics courses: MEN 320, MEN 321. Students opting for these two course are encouraged to take MEN 550 (Computational Methods in Thermal and Fluid Mechanics) as a free elective.


Semiconductors courses: EEN 206, PHS 405. Students opting for these two courses will be encouraged to take EEN 416 (Semiconductor devices) as a free elective.


Nuclear & Particle Physics courses: PHS 315, PHS 403.


Other: PHS 460.



Liberal Arts Curriculum (27cr.)

Free Electives (6cr.)

Suggested Program

Fall Semester Year I (16cr.)
MAT 213 Calculus III 3 cr.
MAT 215 Linear Algebra I 3 cr.
PHS 206 Thermodynamics and Waves 3 cr.
PHS 275 Experimental Physics I 1 cr.
CSC 212 Program Design and Data Abstraction I 3 cr.
ENL 213 Sophomore English Rhetoric (LAC) 3 cr.
Spring Semester Year I (16cr.)
PHS 212 Electricity and Magnetism 3 cr.
PHS 213 Modern Physics 3 cr.
PHS 276 Experimental Physics II 1 cr.
MAT 224 Calculus IV 3 cr.
MAT 235 Ordinary Differential Equations 3 cr.
ENL 230 English in the Workplace (LAC) 3 cr.
Fall Semester Year II (16cr.)
PHS 303 Analytical Mechanics 3 cr.
PHS 373 Experimental Physics III 1 cr.
PHS 351 Mathematical Methods for Physics I (or MAT 335) 3 cr.
AST 210 Introduction to Astronomy & Astrophysics 3 cr.
LAC 3 cr.
LAC 3 cr.
Spring Semester Year II (17cr.)
EEN 205 Circuits 3 cr.
PHS 374 Experimental Physics IV 1 cr.
PHS 435 Quantum Mechanics 4 cr.
LAC 3 cr.
LAC 3 cr.
LAC 3 cr.
Fall Semester Year III (15cr.)
PHS 301 Optics 3 cr.
PHS 415 Thermal and Statistical Physics 3 cr.
PHS Physics Elective 3 cr.
Free Elective 3 cr.
LAC 3 cr.
Spring Semester Year III (15cr.)
PHS 417 Electromagnetic Theory 3 cr.
PHS 497 Senior Project 3 cr.
PHS Physics Elective 3 cr.
Free Elective 3 cr.
LAC 3 cr.


Total 95 Credits
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