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Course Profile: Bachelors with Honours in Physics

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 07, 2013
First Published: 21:39 IST(7/7/2013) | Last Updated: 02:23 IST(8/7/2013)

If you have always felt intrigued about the motion of a pendulum or a dynamo that rotates a turbine, then a course in physics is the right option for you.


A course in Physics in DU, after the implementation of the four year undergraduate programme, concentrates primarily on mechanics, oscillations and waves, electricity and magnetism. Along with these, it also introduces mathematical physics, digital electronics and chemistry.

With the subject now being spread across eight semesters - of which a year of academic study will focus only on research - the course includes pure physics papers along with other mathematical physics papers and numerical analysis.

For students pursuing the subject, there are ample opportunities for further research. Many students also opt to join the corporate sector in jobs closely related to their field of study.


"It is a higher level of physics than what is usually taught in schools.

Papers like mathematical physics are much tougher than it seems, but overall the course is quite manageable.

However, the subject is nothing like what is taught at schools.

There are practicals and theoretical concepts that need a lot of in-depth studying," said Varun Sharma, a final year student.

Teacher's Space:

"Options such as MBA and MCA are open to anyone from any discipline now.

However, for students who pursue an MSc and Mtech in Physics, there are opportunities to take the exams conduted by defense or space research agencies - DRDO or ISRO.

Alternately, students can also do their PhD in applied fields such as nanotechnology, semi-conductors or other material sciences," said Abha Dev Habib, professor of Physics, Miranda House.

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