The aim of the Department is to promote scientific knowledge, research and teaching in the area of Physics. The Department offers a four-year program leading to an undergraduate degree in Physics. Special emphasis is placed on balanced learning in both traditional classroom and laboratory settings. Teaching consists mainly of lectures and laboratory courses, supplemented by seminars and tutorial sessions. The program accepts approximately 35 students per year.
The program consists of five types of courses:
(1) Basic or introductory courses
(2) Core courses
(3) Specialization courses
(4) Compulsory courses from other Departments
(5) Elective courses, from at least 3 different Faculties
The basic or introductory courses are all compulsory and prerequisite for the core courses. The latter are also compulsory and cover many areas that a physicist must master. On completion of these courses, students will take a number of specialization courses. These aim to familiarize students with concepts and topics that will be relevant to their final year project work and will help define their professional orientation on graduation.
The program contains compulsory courses offered by other Departments, such as the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the Department of Chemistry and the Language Center.
Finally, the program requires students to take elective courses outside the Department to complement the main area of studies. These options are selected in consultation with their Academic Advisor.
FINAL YEAR PROJECT
The final year project plays a special role in the undergraduate program of the Department. Students who choose to take the project work under the close supervision of a member of the academic staff of the Department, concentrating on a specialized topic, selected from a list of topics. While carrying out the project, students learn to search and study the relevant literature, to present seminars to their fellow students in a clear and concise way, and to record and report the essential conclusions. Some of the projects will be experimental in nature and some require the use of a computer. Whereas the final year project does not have to be original, the Department expects the more capable students to be involved in the research activities of their supervisors.
Those students who choose to take the project will be awarded an official certificate signed by the Dean of the Faculty, the Chairperson of the Department and the Project Advisor.
Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies: Nicolaos Toumbas