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Physics Bachelor in Physics

  1. Mar 29, 2012 #1
    Hello all,

    I am new to this group. I would like to meet new people and discuss about my problems in physics and mathematics with them.

    I need some suggestion about my career. In school and college I was always good in Math and Physics. Though I have studied Bachelor in Business Administration afterwards, but I was always fascinated by Physics. Recently, I have decided to start a new bachelor in Physics, since I really don't want to go further in Business. Its been long time I haven't done any math or Physics. I just want some honest suggestions and some advice that will help me to start again.

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  3. Mar 29, 2012 #2


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    I suggest reviewing basic math. Being proficient in algebra is very important. Did you take calculus as part of your business degree?
  4. Mar 29, 2012 #3
    Thanks lisab

    I had Calculus in my School and College and some advance Calculus as well.
  5. Apr 6, 2012 #4
    Can somebody guide me with B.Eng in "Engineering Physics" degree.

    -Is it a good degree
    -What are the job aspects ?
    -What masters should be done/ or possible

    -Any advice/suggestions/ do you know someone with "Engineering Physics / Read something about it ?
  6. Apr 6, 2012 #5
    The impression I get from a quick look around is engineering physics is an engineering degree with an extra focus in more advanced physics and mathematics that one would not normally see in an ordinary engineering degree.

    Based on that I get a feeling its more geared towards people who want to pursue graduate studies in engineering. I doubt it would prevent you from competing with other engineers for jobs after graduation though.
  7. Apr 6, 2012 #6
    @ Livingston

    Yes. You are right about it. I would like to share the course description with you.
    Give it a look -
    What do you suggest ? Should I take this course ? Where do you think it would lead me ?

    Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Physics: Course Concept / Overview
    1st semester, compulsory subjects: 6
    Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering I (c) - BM 1
    Computing (c) - 1 AM 7
    Mechanicsburg (c) - OM 2 8
    Introduction to Natural Science & Specialisation (cos) - ON 2
    Basic Laboratory (c) - BM 12
    Language (c) - PB162 13
    2nd semester, compulsory subjects: 14
    Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering II (c) - ON 3
    Electrodynamics and Optics (c) - BM 4
    Electronics (c) - 4 PM 17
    3rd semester, compulsory subjects: 18
    Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering III (c) - ON 5
    Nuclear physics (c) ON 6 19
    Theoretical physics (electrodynamics) (c) - 7 PM
    Basic Engineering (c) - PB 67 21
    Project Laboratory I (cos) - PB 163 4th semester, compulsory 23
    Numerical Methods (c) - 9 PM 23
    Thermodynamics and Statistics (c) - ON 10
    Physical Measurement Techniques (c) - ON 11
    Specialisation I (cos) - PB 159 28
    5th semester, compulsory subjects: 29
    Control Systems (c) - AM 13 29
    Materials Science (c) - AM 12 30
    Specialisation II (cos) - PB 77 32
    Laboratory Project II (cos) - ON 8
    6th semester, compulsory subjects: 34
    Bachelor's Thesis (cos) - BAM 34
    Internship (cos) - PB 35
    Subjects of Specialization: compulsory optional subjects (cos)
    Acoustical measurement technology (cos)
    Applied and medical acoustics (cos)
    Biomedical Physics and Neurophysics (cos)
    Energy Systems (cos) 39
    Introduction to speech processing (cos)
    Femtosecond Laser Technology (cos)
    Laser Design (cos) 42
    Lasers (cos) 43
    Lasers in Medicine I (cos) 44
    Lasers in Medicine II 45
    Laser Spectroscopy (cos) 46
    Material processing with laser beams I (cos)
    Material processing with laser beams II (cos)
    Microtechnology (cos) 49
    Optics of the atmosphere and the ocean (cos)
    Optical communication technology (cos)
    Optoelectronics (cos) 52
    Photovoltaics (cos) 53
    Power Systems and Grid (cos) 54
    Solar Energy Systems - Electric and thermal (cos)
    Wind Energy Utilization (cos) 56
    (C) MEANS compulsory subject / compulsory (Cos) MEANS compulsory optional subject / elective
  8. Apr 6, 2012 #7
    Yeah that looks like its covers a wide range of engineering applications of a bunch of areas of physics.

    If I were you I would talk to some of the professors in the engineering department. They would be able to give you a much better explanation of everything. It does look like a degree geared towards specialization with a masters though since it includes a thesis project which would imply its an honors degree.

    It seems that you would do this sort of degree if you're interested in pursuing engineering outside of the "standard" realm of mechanical, electric, civil, chemical, etc.
  9. Apr 6, 2012 #8

    The title of the degree is: Bachelors of Engineering
    And it is being offered in Germany.

    I wanted to do Mechanical related degree but after reading and searching on the interenet, engineering physics is pretty good and highly respected.
    The companies are not demanding "in depth knowledge" and "maths" with "engineers". Exactly what "Engineering physics" offers.

    However, since I do not want to become a professor- I was thinking can I do a Mechanical related (megatronics,aerospace) or nanotechnology (because Germany is hub for nanotechnology) with this degree -

    It seems to be this would make a rather more powerful career than just an ordinary mechanical degree in bachelors -

    I will be highly grateful for your suggestions.
  10. Apr 6, 2012 #9
    I mean to say companies *ARE* demanding "in depth knowledge" and "maths" with "engineers". Exactly what "Engineering physics" offers.
  11. Apr 6, 2012 #10
    If that's the kind of work you want to do (and want to be a professor) then that degree sounds like a good fit. I would still talk to some professors at the school though even if it has to be through email. Most departments have an undergraduate officer so that would be a good place to start.
  12. Apr 6, 2012 #11
    Yes, my next step will be to talk with the professor at the university and someone who has graduated or is working somewhere with this degree.

    I do not wish to become a professor. I just love this degree as its pretty advanced and the high level of math and physics in it. I wanted to know if this could prove me in any way valuable for my career ? If this degree leads to being a professor, am not interested.

    I want to see my self with companies like bosch, siemens, thales etc
  13. Apr 6, 2012 #12
    Ah, sorry I misread that post.

    It does sound like that is the kind of degree you want to do and it certainly will give you a wide range of knowledge in engineering which could only give you more options in the future.
  14. Apr 6, 2012 #13
    Thanks !
    I'll contact some engineering physics related professor for some more information -

    I personally want to ask (maybe the professor) that incase the companies refuse to hire as an engineer saying that this degree is too research oriented, I want to ask them can I opt a megatronics master or advance mechanical engineering or maybe aeronautical engineering in masters ?

    It is only then this Engineering Physics will come to use and serve as a good base of knowledge and crucial skills with master's degree.
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