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Bachelor (1 Subject)

Physics

Overview

Degree Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Field Natural Sciences and Technology
Language German
Standard program duration 6 semesters
Admission restrictions None
Further in­for­mation Homepage (German only)
Module Handbook (German only)
Syllabus (German only)

Short profile

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.

Knowledge and skills

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.

Professional fields

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”.

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