Physics seeks to measure quantifiable natural phenomena by means of targeted experiments and to describe them theoretically using the simplest possible fundamental models. In a constant cross-fertilization of experiment and theory, physics today has penetrated into the areas of the largest dimensions, in astrophysics, as well as those of the smallest dimensions, in elementary particle physics. Anchoring the integration of experiment and theory that has been so successful in research in education, as well, is one of the guiding principles of the Physics program at TU Dortmund University.
The basis of the Bachelor's program is the four-semester "integrated course" (Physics I-IV), which is designed and conducted jointly by an experimental and a theoretical lecturer. Exercises are carried out twice a week in small groups to discuss and delve deeper into the lecture material. This includes mechanics, thermodynamics, and relativity (I); electrodynamics (II); waves and fields, optics, and analytical mechanics (III); and finally atomic physics and quantum mechanics (IV). In addition, a beginner physics internship takes place in the third and fourth semesters. Other components of the Bachelor's program are the minor subjects of mathematics (with lectures and exercises) and either chemistry (with a lecture and an internship) or computer science (with a lecture course including exercises and an associated internship). Also, there are mandatory courses from the field of physics, the general specialization outside of physics, and the area of specialization within physics. The program concludes with the writing of the Bachelor's thesis.
Good mathematical knowledge is important for this course of study. Therefore it is a mandatory prerequisite for enrollment to take a mathematics self-test, which is carried out online. Attending the preparatory course in mathematics before beginning studies is strongly recommended.
The traditional career fields for physicists are research, development, and teaching in both the public sector (universities, research institutes, and government agencies for example) and the private sector (electronics industry, chemical industry, medical technology, mechanical and vehicle engineering, etc.). In addition, however, the breadth of training provided by the study of Physics increasingly opens up access to employment in nontraditional areas such as information technology and telecommunications, business consulting, and banking and finance, so that career prospects are good for Physics graduates, with or without a doctoral degree, even in economically difficult times. The crucial factors that enable physicists to be successful in their work, whether in traditional or new career fields, are the broad basic training and the ability, also cultivated in the course of study, to analyze and solve complex technical-scientific problems.
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.