Academic Catalog

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS

General Information on Undergraduate Program

The objectives of the department are:

-To develop students` basic knowledge of physics in order that they can understand the rules governing the universe.
-To enhance students` ability and motivation to solve unsolved problems in various fields.
-To give broader background in math and science in order to provide a basis for branching out into variety of areas ranging from the nano-scale high-tech area to space physics.
-To prepare students to become a research scientist to make a carrier of physics and also work as a professor in a university, or to work as an applier of physics in almost all fields where science and technology have an important impact.

Undergraduate Curriculum


FIRST YEAR

First Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
PHYS107 PHYSICS LABORATORY I 2 1 2 7.0
PHYS109 MECHANICS 5 5 0 7.5
CHEM101 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 5 4 2 7.5
MATH117 CALCULUS I 5 4 2 7.5
ENG101 ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES I 4 4 1 6.0

Second Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
PHYS108 PHYSICS LABORATORY II 2 1 2 7.0
PHYS110 ELECTROMAGNETISM 5 5 0 7.5
CHEM102 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II 5 4 2 7.5
MATH118 CALCULUS II 5 4 2 7.5
ENG102 ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES II 4 4 1 6.0
IS100 INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLICATIONS 0 0 2 1.0

SECOND YEAR

Third Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
PHYS200 BASICS OF SCIENTIFIC COMPUTATION 3 2 2 5.0
PHYS203 INTRODUCTORY ELECTRONICS I 4 3 2 8.0
PHYS209 MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN PHYSICS I 4 4 0 8.0
PHYS221 OPTICS AND WAVES 4 4 0 8.0
MATH260 BASIC LINEAR ALGEBRA 3 3 0 5.0
Any 1 of the following set ..
HIST2201 0 2 0 2.0
HIST2205 HISTORY OF THE TURKISH REVOLUTION I 0 2 0 2.0

Fourth Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
PHYS202 MODERN PHYSICS 4 4 0 8.0
PHYS210 MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN PHYSICS II 4 4 0 8.0
PHYS222 OPTICS AND WAVES LABORATORY 3 1 4 6.0
ENG211 ACADEMIC ORAL PRESENTATION SKILLS 3 3 1 4.0
Any 1 of the following set ..
HIST2202 0 2 0 2.0
HIST2206 HISTORY OF THE TURKISH REVOLUTION II 0 2 0 2.0
            FREE ELECTIVE

THIRD YEAR

Fifth Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
PHYS307 APPLIED MODERN PHYSICS 3 1 4 7.0
PHYS331 ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY I 4 4 0 8.0
PHYS335 CLASSICAL MECHANICS I 4 4 0 8.0
Any 1 of the following set ..
TURK105 TURKISH I 0 4 0 2.0
TURK201 ELEMENTARY TURKISH 0 2 0 2.0
TURK303 TURKISH I 0 2 0 2.0
            NONDEPARTMENTAL ELECTIVE

Sixth Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
PHYS300 QUANTUM PHYSICS 4 4 0 8.0
PHYS332 ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY II 4 4 0 8.0
PHYS336 CLASSICAL MECHANICS II 4 4 0 8.0
ENG311 ADVANCED COMMUNICATION SKILLS 3 3 1 4.0
Any 1 of the following set ..
TURK106 TURKISH II 0 4 0 2.0
TURK202 INTERMEDIATE TURKISH 0 2 0 2.0
TURK304 TURKISH II 0 2 0 2.0
            RESTRICTED ELECTIVE

FORTH YEAR

Seventh Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
PHYS400 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN PHYSICS 3 2 2 9.0
PHYS430 STATISTICAL THERMODYNAMICS 4 4 0 10.0
PHYS431 QUANTUM MECHANICS I 4 4 0 10.0
            RESTRICTED ELECTIVE
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE

Eighth Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
            NONDEPARTMENTAL ELECTIVE
            RESTRICTED ELECTIVE
            RESTRICTED ELECTIVE
            FREE ELECTIVE
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE

h/w = hours per week