The Department of Physics offers Bachelor of Science and Master of Science programs.

 

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Bachelor of Science in Physics

ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT STUDENTS
Students who begin a Physics major course curriculum will generally possess:
1) natural curiosity and excitement about science in general, physics and mathematics in  particular, and their applications;
2) knowledge of high-school physics;
3) good mathematical abilities with the basic differentiation and integration skills;
4) level of English speaking, writing and reading skills sufficient for successful completion of courses offered in English.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES
1) The Program will prepare students for national and international careers and/or graduate studies in diverse areas of physical sciences and engineering.
2) Students will develop comprehensive understanding of the fundamental laws of physics, abstract reasoning ability and creative scientific approach supplemented by mathematical, computational and experimental skills. Students are also expected to develop a mature understanding of their personal strengths and interests in physics research and beyond.
3) Additional outcomes preparing students for modern science and technology careers will include the ability to work effectively within a team, strong scientific communication skills, and exposure to academic and/or industrial research environment.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:
The Bachelor of Physics degree requires the completion of the following coursework:

1) Physics Core Courses (54 credits):

Careers in Physics (PHYS105)
Physics I for Physics Majors with Laboratory (PHYS171)
Physics II for Physics Majors with Laboratory (PHYS172)
Classical Mechanics I (PHYS221)
Classical Mechanics II (PHYS222)
Electrical and Electronic Circuits I with Laboratory (PHYS251/ROBT203)
Modern Physics with Laboratory (PHYS261)
Computational Physics with Laboratory (PHYS270)
Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics (PHYS280)
Mathematical Methods of Physics (PHYS315)
Classical Electrodynamics I (PHYS361)
Classical Electrodynamics II (PHYS362)
Optics with Laboratory (PHYS370)
Physics Seminar (PHYS395)
Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS451)
Quantum Mechanics II (PHYS452)
Advanced Experimental Physics (PHYS465)
Physics Colloquium (PHYS495)

Senior-Year Options:
1)Bachelor Thesis Option (12 credits)
Physics Elective Courses (6 credits)
Bachelor Thesis (6 credits)
2)No Thesis Option (12 credits)
Physics Elective Courses (6 credits)
Natural Science or Technology Elective Course (3 credits)
[subject to the approval by the Physics Department]Physics Research Course (3 credits)

2) Mathematics and Programming Core Courses (22 credits):

Calculus I (MATH161)
Calculus II (MATH162)
Calculus III (MATH263)
Linear Algebra with Applications (MATH273)
Introduction to Differential Equations (MATH274)
Programming for Scientists and Engineers (CSCI151)

3) Other Natural Science Core Courses (4 credits):

Chemistry I with Laboratory (CHEM101 and CHEM101L)

4) Required Communication Courses (9 credits):

Communication Foundations I (COMM101)
Communication Foundations II (COMM102)
Scientific Writing for Popular Media (COMM225)

5) University-required Kazakh History, Language and Culture courses (9 credits):

History of Kazakhstan (HST 100)
6 credits of Kazakh Language, Literature or Culture (number starting with KAZ)

6) Humanities or Social Science Electives (6 credits):

7) Unrestricted Electives (9 credits)

TOTAL: 125 credits

 

Industries where the major can be applied:

  • Research and development in natural sciences and engineering (NSE)
  • Astronomy and Space Science
  • Nuclear Energy, Geophysics and Seismology
  • Climate and Meteorology
  • Oil and Gas
  • Water Resources management
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Mining
  • Finance and Banking
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Telecommunications
  • Big data
  • Biotechnology
  • High-performance computing