Bachelor of Science in Physics

The Department of Physics offers a rich and comprehensive program of study leading to the B.S. degree in Physics. The department aims at the training and graduating of specialists in physics to meet the manpower need for the country's development. The Department offers a well-designed and updated physics curriculum enabling the graduates to participate effectively in their work place or continue their postgraduate studies and conduct research. Physics students are required to take additional courses in mathematics, science, general education, and information technology to further develop their knowledge, background, and skills.

Program Objectives

  • Knowledge of fundamental concepts and theories in various fields of physics.
  • Disciplinary skills, abilities and competencies.
  • The right attitude and correct behavior towards Learning and National priorities.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Explain qualitatively the basic concepts of physics.
  • Express physical concepts mathematically
  • Integrate the acquired knowledge of various physical disciplines
  • Apply mathematical skills to solve physical problems correctly.
  • Use skills in experimental physics to apply physical concepts.
  • Demonstrate computational Physics solving skills and the capable use of information technology.
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms.
  • Engage in research activities related to national interests.
  • Work effectively, responsibly, and ethically in team-oriented projects.
  • Think critically and logically.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 120 hours

General Education (Req. CH:39)

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Islam (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ISLM100Islamic Culture3.000

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Ethics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PHI121Fundamentals of Environmental Ethics3.000
PHI122International Ethics3.000
PHI226Human Rights Theory3.000
PHIL120Principles of Professional Ethics3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - English Communication Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ESPU102Introduction to Academic English For Science3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Information Literacy (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEIL101Information Literacy3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Thinking Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS110Scientific Research Skills3.000
CSBP119Algorithms and Problem Solving3.000
PSY105Creative & Innovative Thinking Skills3.000
PHI180Critical Thinking  13.000
1 : IBLC - Inquiry based learning courses must be taken within first 30 credit hours

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Emirates Society (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS105Emirates Studies3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Humanities/Fine Arts (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH340History and Theory of Architecture3.000
HIS133Introduction to Art History3.000
HSR120Introduction to Heritage & Culture3.000
HSR130Introduction to Language & Communication3.000
LIT150Introduction to Literature3.000
LNG100Introduction to Linguistics3.000
LNG110Language, Society & Culture3.000
MSC200Introduction to Mass Media3.000
MSC240World and Arab Media3.000
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy3.000
PHI270Philosophy of Education3.000
PHI271History and Philosophy of Science3.000
TRS200Introduction to Translation3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Social and Behavioral Sciences (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PSY313Educational Psychology  23.000
2 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 3: The Human Community - The Global Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB360Global Agri-food Trade3.000
ARCH346Contemporary World Architecture3.000
BIOE240Principles of Environmental Science3.000
GEO200World Regional Geography3.000
HIS120Arab & Islamic Civilization3.000
HIS121World History: Origins to 15003.000
HIS125Contemporary Civilization3.000
PSG250Principles of International Relations 3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Mathematics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MATH105Calculus I  33.000
3 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Natural Sciences (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PHYS105General Physics I3.000
PHYS110General Physics II  43.000
4 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 5: Capstone Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PHYS494Research Project   53.000
5 : Also counts towards the Major


Physics Major

Required Courses (42.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PHYS135General Physics Lab I1.000
PHYS140General Physics Lab II1.000
PHYS205Intermediate Physics Lab I1.000
PHYS210Intermediate Physics Lab II1.000
PHYS220Thermal Physics3.000
PHYS235Waves and Optics3.000
PHYS250Modern Physics3.000
PHYS255Mathematical Physics3.000
PHYS262Classical Mechanics3.000
PHYS312Statistical Physics2.000
PHYS335Electromagnetic Theory3.000
PHYS355Quantum Mechanics3.000
PHYS231Electronics Fundamentals 3.000
PHYS470Solid State Physics3.000
PHYS483 Introductory Nuclear Physics 3.000


Compulsory Supporting

Supporting Required Courses Non-Physics (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHEM111General Chemistry I3.000
CSBP112Introduction To Programming3.000
MATH110Calculus II3.000
MATH140Linear Algebra I3.000
MATH275Ordinary Differential Equations3.000
STAT210Probability and Statistics3.000

Elective Physics Courses (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PHYS330Computational Physics3.000
PHYS345Laser Physics3.000
PHYS390Introduction to Astrophysics3.000
PHYS495Selected Topics3.000
PHYS385Radiation Physics 3.000
PHYS430Electromagnetic Theory II 3.000
PHYS475Semiconductor Physics3.000
PHYS450Quantum Mechanics II3.000

Supporting Elective Courses Non-Physics : the student may select a total of 6 Credit Hours (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEOL105Physical Geology3.000
MATH210Calculus III3.000
BIOE240Principles of Environmental Science3.000
CSBP400Modeling & Simulation3.000
ENG310Writing for Research3.000
CHME444Renewable Energy Sources3.000
MGMT200Fundamentals of Management3.000

Free Electives (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours