Science - Physics

  • Degree: Bachelor
  • Campus: Beirut, Debbieh, Tripoli
  • Faculty: Science
  • Department: Physics

Program Description

To obtain the Bachelor Degree in Physics, students must successfully complete a total of 97 credit hours + IC3, where the standard duration of study is 6 semesters. There is one general semester of study for the students of the Physics Program.

Chairperson Professor Mohammad Salem Badawi

Professors: Prof. Ramadan Awad - Dean of Faculty of Science

Associate Professors Dr. Salem Marhaba, Dr. Walid Malaeb

Part Time Lecturers Prof. Mahmoud El Korek Dr. Ali Kaafarani, Dr. Sally Shawa, Dr. Hadi Basma, Dr. Samir Tohme, Dr. Mohamed Abbas

The Department of Physics at the Faculty of Science, BAU, aims to provide students with a rigorous and lively program of instruction in physics within the liberal arts context of the Faculty.

The program strives to enable students to:

  • Demonstrate applied competence in applying basic knowledge of physics to analyze problems of nature.
  • Improve the analytical and problem-solving skills related to physics.
  • Develop research on, teaching of, and design of components, devices, and systems.

a- Knowledge and understanding of:

  1. The physical sciences and mathematics (Physics, Mathematics, Mechanics, Chemistry,…).
  2. The fundamentals to study physics problems.
  3. The quantitative comparison of theory and experiments for physics.

b- Intellectual abilities:

  1. Ability to understand what physics is.
  2. Ability to be familiar with acute physics (electronics, microwaves, radiation, nuclear, solid, quantum mechanics, acoustics….)
  3. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve problems in physics.

c- Professional and Practical competencies:

  1. Efficient use of and familiarity with physic laboratory measuring instruments.
  2. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities.
  3. Efficient use of the techniques, skills and tools of modern physics in practical life.

d- General and Transferable Skills:

  1. Function in multi-disciplinary teams
  2. Communicate ideas effectively in graphical, oral and written media
  3. Recognize and respond to the need for lifelong and self-learning for a successful career

To obtain the Bachelor Degree in Physics, students must successfully complete a total of 97 credit hours + IC3, where the standard duration of study is 6 semesters. There is one general semester of study for the students of the Physics Program.

  • Different academic careers including schoolteacher and Assistant teacher.
  • Research Assistant or Lab Technician in universities, private or governmental laboratories and institutes or industries working in fields related to acoustics, semiconductors, vacuum technology, non-destructive testing, fiber-optics and laser technology, condensed matter and related topics.
  • Data and systems analyst.

I. University Requirements Credits
* University Mandatory Courses 5
* University Elective Courses 11
II. Program Requirements Credits
Faculty Core Courses 19
Major Core Courses 47
Departmental Electives 9
**Faculty Electives 6
Total 97
*A total of 16 credits is required as University Requirements:

5 credits are selected from the University Mandatory courses list.

At least one course from social sciences and one course from humanities should be selected among the university elective courses.

** A total of 6 credits is required as faculty electives.

Students can enroll in any course offered by the Faculty of Science.

Experimental Facilities: The program utilizes a number of well-equipped laboratories for practical work and research. The Laboratories serving the program are:

  1. General Physics Lab
  2. Advanced Physics Lab
  3. Classical Mechanics Laboratory
  4. Specialized Lab of Materials Science

Academic Years
2013/2014: 31
2014/2015:  35
2015/2016: 30
2016/2017: 35
2017/2018: 29

Academic Years
2013/2014: 10
2014/2015:  15
2015/2016:  3
2016/2017: 14
2017/2018: 8

Study Plan:

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
First Semester
CHEM241 Principles of Chemistry 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) FC
CHEM241L Principles of Chemistry Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:3Lab) FC
CMPS241 Introduction to Programming 3 (3Crs.:2 Lec.,2Lab) FC
MATH241 Calculus and Analytical Geometry 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) FC
PHYS243 General Physics 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) FC
PHYS243L General Physics Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:3Lab) FC
------- University Requirement 2 (2crs.) CUR
Second Semester
MATH242 Probability and Statistics 3 (3Crs.:2Lec.,2 Lab) FC
MATH244 Ordinary Differential Equations 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) MJC
PHYS242 Thermal Physics 2 (2Crs.:2 Lec) MJC
PHYS242L Thermal Physics Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:2 Lab) MJC
PHYS244 Physical Optics 2 (2Crs.:2Lec) MJC
PHYS244L Physical Optics Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:2 Lab) MJC
------- University Requirement 5 (5 Crs.) CUR
Third Semester
PHYS341 Classical Mechanics And Waves 3 (3Crs.:3 Lec) MJC
PHYS341L Classical Mechanics And Waves Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:3Lab) MJC
PHYS345 Mathematical Methods For Physics 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) MJC
PHYS347 Modern Physics 2 (2crs.: 2lec.) MJC
PHYS347L Modern Physics Laboratory 1 (1crs.: 2Lab.) MJC
TSHS341 Teaching Science in High School 2 (2crs.: 2lec.) FC
------- University Requirement 5 (5 Crs.) CUR
Fourth Semester
PHYS342 Quantum Mechanics I 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) MJC
PHYS346 Electromagnetic Theory 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) MJC
PHYS346L Electromagnetic Theory Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:2 Lab) MJC
------- Departmental Elective 3 (3crs.) DE
------- University Requirement 4 (4crs.) CUR
------- Faculty Elective 3 (3crs) FE
Fifth Semester
PHYS441 Electrodynamics 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) MJC
PHYS443 Quantum Mechanics II 3 (3Crs.:3 Lec) MJC
PHYS445 Relativity  3 (3Crs.:3Lec) MJC
------- Faculty Elective 3 (3crs.) FE
------- Departmental Elective 3 (3crs.) DE
Sixth Semester
PHYS440 Electronics 2 (2crs.: 2lec.) MJC
PHYS440L Electronics Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:2Lab) MJC
PHYS442 Solid State Physics 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) MJC
PHYS442L Solid State Physics Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:2Lab) MJC
PHYS444 Senior Project 2 (2Crs.:2Lec) MJC
PHYS446 Statistical Physics 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) MJC
------- Departmental Elective 3 (3crs.) DE

Departmental Elective (DE)

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
PHYS350 Accelerators 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) DE
PHYS351 Advanced Atomic Physics 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) DE
PHYS352 Biophysics 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) DE
PHYS353 Laser and its Applications 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) DE
PHYS356 Astrophysics 3 (3Cr.:3Lec) DE
PHYS358 Circuit Analysis 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) DE
PHYS450 Materials Science 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) DE
PHYS451 Elementary Particle Physics 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) DE
PHYS453 Nuclear Physics 3 (3Crs.: 2Lec.,2Lab) DE
PHYS454 Molecular Physics  3 (3Crs.:3Lec) DE
PHYS455 Computational Physics 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) DE