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Physics Undergraduate Study Tracks

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Three-year study track and four-year study track

In the course of their studies, physics students choose between two study tracks: a three-year and a four-year Physics track. The four-year study track includes specialization in Applied Optics.

In their first three semesters, students take the core courses of Physics, Mathematics, and Computers. In subsequent semesters, courses are given in Quantum Physics, Atomic and Nuclear Physics, Solid-State Physics, Astrophysics, and others subjects. By choosing courses offered by the Technion engineering faculties as some of their electives, students are able to specialize in the areas of Microelectronics, Material Sciences, Opto-Electronics, and others.

Throughout their studies, students are also required to participate in Physics laboratories. The goal is for students to learn advanced and precise techniques, modern measuring methods, and experimental investigation of physical phenomena.

The three-year study track awards a "Bachelor of Science in Physics" (BSc). The four-year study track also awards a "Bachelor of Science in Physics" (BSc) and is intended for students interested in specializing in applied Optics and Opto-Electronics and who plan to work in the advanced optics industry and in optics research and development. In this track students also take physics and engineering courses.

An Additional Degree

A degree in Physics with an additional degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry and Mathematics. These tracks are offered to students who are interested in specializing in a branch of engineering, in the applications of Opto-Electronics and Solid-State Physics or specializing in Computer Applications in Physics, Mechanical Systems, Electronic Characteristics of Polymers, etc. These students, by completing a combined study course, can earn a second degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry or Mathematics, subject to these faculties requirements.

Combined Track

Mathematics-Physics:

The parallel development of Mathematics and Physics has been the impetus for significant progress in the sciences. Mathematics and Physics often advance in parallel, with shared objectives. This study track is intended for students interested in both Mathematics and Physics, who wish to enjoy the best of both worlds. The study program includes most of the required courses of the two faculties, and elective courses. All the specialized tracks of both the Mathematics study program and the Physics study program are open to students of this track.

Students can express a greater interest in one of the two subjects through their choice of elective courses. The study program takes three years and confers a "Bachelor of Science in Mathematics-Physics" (BSc).

Dual Degrees

In addition, there are also combined study program for dual degrees:

Dual degree: Physics-Materials Engineering

In the combined study program, spanning 4.5 years, students take two parallel course programs, Materials Engineering and Physics. Within this framework, graduates earn two degrees: a "Bachelor of Arts in Physics" (BA) and a "Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering" (BSc).

This combination of two degrees, scientific and engineering, has been shown to be a highly successful training formula for materials engineers. It allows them to integrate smoothly in industrial research and development as well as in manufacturing.

The study program provides a solid scientific foundation in subjects such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computers. The wide range of required courses in materials engineering ensures that students are fully competent in all its fields. Students specialize in one of the primary areas of materials engineering, in the framework of required courses and advanced projects.

Dual degree: Physics-Electrical Engineering

("PSAGOT" Program for Outstanding Atudaim - Army Study Program)

The Technion offers a special curriculum for outstanding students interested in combining studies of electronics and communication with an extensive scientific education. The combined studies are offered by the Electrical Engineering and Physics Faculties. The successful student will be awarded two degrees, a "Bachelor of Science in Physics" (BSc) (three years) and a "Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering" (BSc) (four years).

The program requires successful completion of studies totaling 177 academic points. The program is also open to outstanding Atudaim within the framework of a military program called "Psagot." This special curriculum provides an answer to the growing demand of the Hi-Tech industry for graduates who have advanced knowledge in engineering and deep scientific understanding.

Dual degree: Physics-Computer Science

This dual degree track is designated for outstanding students, and is given jointly by the Physics and Computer Science faculties. Application for this admission track is required at the time of registration to the Technion.

Graduates have a solid basis in Physics and Computer Science. This enables them to work in industry, or to continue on to a higher degree.

Students are awarded two "three-year degrees": "Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Physics" and "Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Computer Science". The curriculum covers the material of the three-year degrees of both faculties.

Students in this track benefit from the services of both departments. Each student belongs to one of the host departments, Physics or Computer Science, according to his or her choice.

Graduates of the dual-degree track in Physics and Computer Science will be able to continue their studies in the Physics or in the Computer Science departments. For master degree studies, in either Computer Science or Physics, these graduates will be considered as graduates of a four-year track program.

Dual degree: Physics-Biomedical Engineering.

This recently opened program is designated for a limited number of excelling students who wish to augment their bio-medical engineering education with a more thorough scientific understanding of physics. The duration of studies is about four and half academic years.

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