Faculty of Physics and AstronomyPhysics – Bachelor 50%

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Students in the Physics academic programme focus on natural processes that are accessible to experimental exploration, measurement, and mathematical representation, and which are subject to universal laws.

Facts & Formalities

DegreeBachelor of Science
Type of programmeUndergraduate
Start of programmeWinter semester only
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman
Fees and contributions171.80 € / Semester
Application procedureSubjects with entrance examination procedure
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Teaching degree optionYes

Course Content

The Bachelor’s degree programme in Physics offers students the option of studying physics as part of the specialised programme “Teacher Training at the Gymnasium Level” (50%), wherein Physics is one of two Gymnasium-level teaching subjects studied. The faculty strongly recommends a combination of Physics and Mathematics as the teaching subjects. On the basis of the degree programme with the teaching degree option, students are able to obtain a qualification in the Master of Education degree programme, with a specific qualification to teach at the Gymnasium level, leading to a student teaching position in a Gymnasium. Students with the necessary qualifications may also be approved to pursue the Master of Science degree in Physics. 

Graduates of this programme will have gained an understanding of the fundamental methods and concepts of experimental physics and be able to recognise the interrelationships between physics experiments and the associated mathematical formulations. They will have the ability to communicate in general terms on physics-related topics and to both mathematically formulate simple physics problems and to precisely or nearly precisely solve these. Graduates will have learned the fundamental methods, models, and cognitive approaches to theoretical physics and be able to successfully apply these. In addition, they will be able to analyse and resolve simple problems in theoretical physics as well as to apply mathematical procedures for describing and modelling physics-related topics. 

Graduates of this programme will have the ability to employ basic measurement and experimental techniques and will be aware of the associated safety procedures. They will have knowledge of important approaches to error calculation and estimation and will be able to evaluate laboratory experiments. In addition, they will have obtained basic knowledge in Astrophysics and Cosmology and will have gained the ability to connect specific subject-related knowledge and to convey this knowledge to pupils.

Course Structure

The Bachelor’s degree programme in Physics in conjunction with the specialised teaching degree at the Gymnasium level (50%)  

is intended for students who seek to study Physics with the option of obtaining a teaching degree. To support this, in each of the first four semesters, students must enrol in a lecture course that includes exercises in Experimental Physics and Theoretical Physics. In the fifth semester, along with the lecture course, Experimental Physics 5, the first beginner internship for the teaching degree will be held. In the final semester, the Astrophysics module for the teaching degree, which also includes a subject-specific didactical section along with the Bachelor’s thesis, will be completed. A total of 86 credits are thus earned in the subject-specific scientific portion of the Physics degree programme, while two credits are given for the subject-specific didactical portion of the programme. 

Additional 74 credits/two credits are to be earned in the subject-specific scientific or didactical portion of a second teaching degree. The faculty strongly recommends a combination of Physics and Mathematics as the teaching subjects. In accordance with the pertinent Examination Rules and Regulations, a combination with the following subjects is permitted: Fine Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, German with German as a Foreign Language components, English, Protestant Theology, French, Geography, History, Greek, Computer Science, Italian, Jewish Religious Education, Latin, Music (in partnership with the University of Mannheim), Philosophy/Ethics, Political Science, Russian, Spanish, Athletics, and Economics. The remaining sixteen credits are to be earned in the area of cross-disciplinary competences, in particular, in Educational Science modules and internships.