Enquiry for Major/Minor/Programme Requirements

Minor Title Minor in Physics
Offered to students admitted to Year 1 in 2017-2018

The Minor in Physics is intended to provide interested students with a fundamental outlook on the subject. Students would acquire a taste of the subject through a large selection of elective courses which provides them to pursue a wide range of topics from the very small scale of nanomaterials to the large scale of astrophysics.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this programme, students should be able to:
PLO 1 :

identify and describe physical systems with fundamental knowledge in physics (by means of coursework and tutorial classes in the curriculum)

PLO 2 :

analyze some physics problems qualitatively and quantitatively (by means of coursework, tutorial classes and laboratory works in the curriculum)

PLO 3 :

communicate and collaborate with people effectively in scientific issues (by means of group projects, tutorial sessions and presentation opportunities in the curriculum)

Impermissible Combination:

Major in Mathematics/Physics
Major in Physics

Required courses (42 credits)
1. Introductory level courses (18 credits)
Disciplinary Core Courses (18 credits)
PHYS1250 Fundamental physics (6)
PHYS2250 Introductory mechanics (6)
PHYS2265 Modern physics (6)
2. Advanced level courses (24 credits)
Disciplinary Electives (24 credits)
At least 24 credits of advanced level Physics courses (PHYS3XXX or PHYS4XXX or PHYS7XXX level), subject to prerequisite requirements. The current course list includes courses in List A:
List A
PHYS3150 Theoretical physics (6)
PHYS3350 Classical mechanics (6)
PHYS3351 Quantum mechanics (6)
PHYS3450 Electromagnetism (6)
PHYS3550 Statistical mechanics & thermodynamics (6)
PHYS3551 Introductory solid state physics (6)
PHYS3650 Observational astronomy (6)
PHYS3651 The physical universe (6)
PHYS3652 Principles of astronomy (6)
PHYS3750 Laser and spectroscopy (6)
PHYS3751 Physics of nanomaterials (6)
PHYS3850 Waves and optics (6)
PHYS3851 Atomic and nuclear physics (6)
PHYS3999 Directed studies in physics (6)
PHYS4150 Computational physics (6)
PHYS4151 Data analysis and modeling in physics (6)
PHYS4350 Advanced classical mechanics (6)
PHYS4351 Advanced quantum mechanics (6)
PHYS4450 Advanced electromagnetism (6)
PHYS4550 Advanced statistical mechanics (6)
PHYS4551 Solid state physics (6)
PHYS4650 Stellar physics (6)
PHYS4651 Selected topics in astrophysics (6)
PHYS4652 Planetary science (6)
PHYS4653 Cosmology (6)
PHYS4654 General relativity (6)
PHYS4655 Interstellar medium (6)
PHYS4750 Experimental physics (6)
PHYS4850 Particle physics (6)
PHYS4966 Physics internship (6)
PHYS4999 Physics project (12)
PHYS7350 Graduate classical mechanics (6)
PHYS7351 Graduate quantum mechanics (6)
PHYS7450 Graduate electromagnetism (6)
PHYS7550 Graduate statistical mechanics (6)
PHYS7551 Graduate solid state physics (6)
PHYS7650 Stellar atmospheres (6)
PHYS7750 Nanophysics (6)

1. Double counting of credits is not permissible for major-minor or double-minors combinations. For a course appears as a core course ("disciplinary core") in the major-minor or double-minors, students have to make up the credits by taking replacement course in the minor. For details, please refer to "Students taking double Majors, Major-Minor or double Minors with overlapping course requirements" in the BSc syllabuses.

2. Students must have level 3 or above in HKDSE Physics or equivalent to take this minor.  Students who do not fulfill this requirement are advised to take PHYS1240 Physics by inquiry.


Important! Ultimate responsibility rests with students to ensure that the required pre-requisites and co-requisite of selected courses are fulfilled. Students must take and pass all required courses in the selected primary science major in order to satisfy the degree graduation requirements.

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