Course profile: B.Sc. (Hons) Physics
If the motion of a pendulum or that of a dynamo which rotates a turbine has always intrigued you, then Physics (honours) is the right course for you. Shaswati Das and Mallica Joshi report.delhi Updated: May 28, 2011 00:04 IST
If the motion of a pendulum or that of a dynamo which rotates a turbine has always intrigued you, then Physics (honours) is the right course for you.
But a flair for Physics is not all that will get you through the course.
A strong background in Mathematics is imperative.
A course in physics in DU, after the implementation of the semester system, concentrates primarily on mechanics, oscillations, waves, electricity and magnetism. Along with these, it also introduces mathematical physics, digital electronics and chemistry.
With a total of 24 papers across six semesters, which includes one interdisciplinary subject, the course includes 13 pure physics papers along with mathematical physics papers and numerical analysis.
For students pursuing the subject, there are ample opportunities for further research, while some 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 quite tough, but overall the course is manageable," said Varun Varghese, who is pursuing the subject from St. Stephen's College. "There are rigorous practicals and theories that need a lot of in-depth studying," he added.
For a student of Physics (honours), application-based jobs in ISRO and DRDO are quite common. Other avenues are M.Tech and further research. The other popular option is teaching. A lot of students want to explore this field as it includes research as well," said Abha Dev Habib, who teaches physics at Miranda House.
"The intergraded course that we were following till last year was a highly reputed course in foreign universities. Since the changes in course are quite recent, we cannot comment on its popularity for further studies," she added.
(Shaswati Das and Mallica Joshi)