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BSc in Physics
The BSc in Physics program provides students both depth and breadth in their study. Students who take this program can build up a solid background in physics. It prepares students for science-related careers, or for further studies in physics and related fields. Students will learn about exciting topics ranging from quantum computing, superconductivity and nanotechnology to quarks and black holes.

Many students get a BSc in Physics without declaring any option.  This provides a very flexible curriculum for anyone wishing to pursue a minor or additional major.  But for those students who would like a more rigorous training in physics, the program offers one track and two options:
  • International Research Enrichment Track (IRE Track) - This is an “elite program” in the School of Science to prepare outstanding students to pursue a career in research. Students in this track are guaranteed summer research internship opportunity in foreign universities or national laboratories, as well as exchange opportunity in a renowned foreign university.
  • Honors Physics Option - This option is intended for students planning to enter graduate school after their UG studies at HKUST. The curriculum provides a strong foundation of courses and requires students to complete a research project and thesis in their final year.
  • Physics and Mathematics Option - This option is intended for students with a strong interest in both physics and mathematics. It is particularly useful for students who plan to pursue future studies in theoretical physics.

Major Requirements of BSc Physics
Additional Major and Minor Programs
HKUST UG students whose first major are NOT in physics can choose to declare additional major in physics or minor in physics. To graduate with additional major in physics, students will need to complete courses under the School of Science requirements and the major requirements for BSc in physics. 
Qualified students have the option of declaring a double major in Physics and Computer Science (COSC). For more information about COSC, please see the COSC website. Students who want to pursue this double major should discuss with the Undergraduate Coordinator in the Department of Physics and the Coordinator of the COSC program in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering to determine their suitability and to develop an individualized study plan.  
HKUST UG students whose first major are NOT in physics can choose to declare additional major in physics or minor in physics. Except for those studying the BSc program offered by the Physics Department, or the Mathematics and Physics Track of the BSc Mathematics program, any undergraduate student with a CGA of 1.85 or above may enroll in the Physics Minor Program. 
This minor program includes new courses in the areas of particle physics, stellar astrophysics and big bang cosmology, most of which are taught by our faculties in the newly-formed Particle Theory and Cosmology group.
Program Intended Learning Outcomes (PILO) for the BSc in Physics  
Upon graduation, students should be able to:
  1. Explain the scientific principles and methodologies of physics and related scientific disciplines at the university level.  (Knowledge)
  2. Apply these scientific principles in conjunction with quantitative reasoning methods and experimental and information-technology skills to analyze and solve practical problems.  (Execution)
  3. Evaluate information and make independent judgments by applying scientific principles and reasoning methods.  (Judgment)
  4. Communicate effectively about physics to both lay and expert audiences, utilizing appropriate information and communication technology.  (Communication)
  5. Work independently and collaborate effectively in a team. (Interpersonal skills and leadership)
  6. Conduct self-evaluation and continuously enrich themselves through lifelong learning.  (Self-reflection)
  7. Convey to lay audiences an appreciation of the value of science and the scientific method.  (Appreciation of science)
  8. Recognize the importance of complying with the ethics of science, of being a responsible citizen, and of ensuring a sustainable environment.  (Ethical practice)
  9. Use a global perspective in conjunction with scientific knowledge to address issues of importance in physics and society.  (International outlook)