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Introduction to Physics

Physics is at the heart of every modern technology. In fact, everything in the universe is governed by the laws of physics, so it is no wonder that Ernest Rutherford once quoted "All science is either Physics or Stamp Collection".

The Division of Physics & Applied Physics (PAP) offers both Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Physics and Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Applied Physics programmes. Both are four-year direct honours programmes for undergraduates interested in majoring in Physics or Applied Physics at NTU.

We have tailored our curricula to provide students with a good working knowledge of fundamental physics and cultivate the application of the knowledge to a wide range of technologies. The students will also understand the limits of accuracy and sensitivity of scientific measurements so as to derive meaningful values in real life applications.

To achieve this, we set out the PAP curriculum into two parts. In the foundation years, we start off by equipping students with the necessary tools in mathematics, technical skills in experimentation, and a comprehensive understanding of basic physics, including the major theories of mechanics, thermodynamics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. In the senior years, there will be a wide selection of courses in theoretical, experimental and applied physics, including laser and optical technology, solid state and microelectronics, biophysics, nanoscience and nanotechnology, leading to a major in either Physics or Applied Physics.

Students with special interest may choose to read additional courses built around specific themes to graduate with a major plus concentration. There are currently four concentrations offered by the division; Nanotechnology, Optical Technology, Semiconductor Technology and Biophysics.

Students with strong research inclination will also have opportunities to undertake project work with our professors or at research organizations such as the A*STAR research institutes.

Graduates will be well-equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to take up positions in R&D institutions and high-tech industries, banking and finance, or to pursue PhD studies in local or overseas universities.

*Second Major in Mathematical Sciences*

The second major programme is targeted at undergraduates who are keen to acquire comprehensive training in scientific analysis and problem-solving (Physics) and quantitative and logical reasoning (Mathematics). Students with excellent entrance qualification who are offered and accepted the offer of Physics and Applied Physics programme may apply for second major in Mathematical Sciences. Application to second major may also be made after the first semester of study, in which the first semester results will also be taken into consideration for the application outcome. The three tracks offered in the programme of Mathematical Sciences (Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics) will also be available for the second major programme. The two majors share common strands as Physics makes strong use of mathematical tools and Applied Mathematics includes theoretical problems in Physics.

*Minor Programmes *

The division also offers minors to students whose major is neither Physics nor Applied Physics. Upon the completion of 15 AU of PAP courses, students will be awarded a Minor in Physics or Minor in Applied Physics.