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Physics, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The Physics program of University of Michigan-Dearborn has been designed with the recognition that a student might choose to concentrate in physics for a variety of reasons. In addition to meeting the needs of those planning to continue their physics education in graduate school, the program serves students planning to pursue technical careers immediately after graduation, those seeking to enter medical, dental or other professional schools, and those planning to earn certification as teachers.

After completing a core curriculum in physics and mathematics and an introduction to the life and other physical sciences, students have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in basic and applied physics research. Most advanced students are able to participate in the research projects of faculty members during any of three University terms. Similar experiences may be arranged in hospital, industrial or government research facilities in the area.

The physics faculty have concentrated their efforts in atomic physics, condensed matter physics, biophysics and astrophysics. Physics concentrators have worked in these areas and also on projects in the interdisciplinary application of physics in medicine and the environment.

Program Goals

Overview: Acquire a global view of the nature and scope of physics.

  • Understand physics as a way of thinking, including its physical, conceptual, analytical, philosophical, and numerical modes of thought.
  • Understand how the different fields of physics are organized into a single whole. Understand the connection between the parts and the relation between theory and experiment.
  • Know and appreciate the historical evolution of physics and natural philosophy.
  • Understand the role of physics in science, society, and technology.

Principles: Understand the fundamental principles (laws, postulates, axioms) of physics.

  • Dynamical Laws: Classical mechanics (Newton) and quantum mechanics (Schrödinger).
  • Statistical Laws: Thermodynamics, energy, entropy, and probability (Boltzmann).
  • Fields and Quanta: Electromagnetic field (Maxwell) and photons (Einstein).
  • Conservation Laws: Mass-energy and momentum.
  • Space-time Laws: Relativity (Einstein).

Applications: Apply the fundamental principles (classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, statistical and thermal physics, quantum mechanics) to a variety of natural phenomena.

  • Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
  • Statistical and Condensed Matter Physics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Mathematical and Computational Physics
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Biological, Chemical, and Environmental Physics
  • Physics Education

Theory: Analyze and solve theoretical problems.

  • Understand and utilize the mathematical tools commonly used by physicists, including calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, Fourier analysis, and numerical methods.
  • Understand and appreciate the guiding principles used in formulating theories of the physical world, including linearity, symmetry, simplicity, and universality.
  • Develop the skills, or modes of thinking, that characterize the “art” of theoretical physics, including modeling, estimation, approximation, dimensional analysis, and limiting cases.

Experiment: Conduct and design laboratory experiments.

  • Demonstrate the ability to perform standard experiments and reach valid conclusions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design the experimental procedure and the method of analysis for a new experiment and to carry it to a successful conclusion.
  • Understand, utilize, design, and construct scientific instruments and data-collection systems for the experimental study of physics.
  • Know how to use a variety of techniques to organize, display, and analyze experimental data.

Communication: Collaborate on projects. Write and present scientific papers.

  • Work effectively in groups to solve problems, perform experiments, and conduct research.
  • Write acceptable laboratory reports, scientific essays, and journal articles.
  • Make effective poster and oral presentations on technical subjects.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary Physics
  • Instrumentation for Scientists
  • Mechanics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Thermal and Statistical Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Submitted online application
  • Official high school academic documents
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12240 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    24480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12240 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5928 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Dearborn Heights

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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