B.Sc. (Hons.) Physics- Astronomy and Astrophysics

DETAILS

B.Sc (H) Physics, with specialization in Astronomy and Astrophysics and Computational Physics would be a full time 3-year undergraduate program in Physics. Astronomy and Astrophysics program is designed for students who not only want to build a sound base in Physics, but also wish to study Astronomy and Astrophysics/Computational Physics. Thus, the students in our astrophysics and astronomy program would not only study the conventional modules in Physics at undergraduate level, but would also study modules on Astronomy and Astrophysics/Computational Physics.

Duration of Program

3 years (6 Semesters)

Seats

10*

Academic Collaborations

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UPES’ curriculum framework is holistic in its overall structure and yet focuses on the individual need of the student to discover, experience, explore and challenge. Along with the core subject, students have the option to choose from subject-focused specialisations. They are also allowed to choose minor/exploratory subject from other schools at UPES that are: School of Engineering, School of Computer Science, School of Law, School of Business, School of Health Sciences, School of Design, School of Modern Media, and School of Liberal Studies.

Further, based on the multifaceted needs of the global workplace and evolving lifestyles, the curriculum offers Signature and Life-Skills courses through School for Life. To round off this learning experience, students are required to do mandatory internships in the social sector, government/public sector, and industry. The combinations available for students to pick and choose from are endless, ensuring both depth and width of knowledge.

PEO-1: Graduate will have significant opportunities to get employment at Local and National level, and can work as analyst, quality controller, research assistant and in government sector job. 

PEO-2: Graduate will have leadership quality to handle all kind of circumstances in diversities by providing interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary learning environment. 

PEO-3: Graduate will continuously learn and adopt new skills and techniques to overcome the problem related with new technologies. 

PEO-4: Graduate will be able to formulate, investigate and analyze scientifically real life problems along with ethical attitude which works in multidisciplinary team. 

PSO-1: Attain a systemic understanding of fundamental physical concepts, principles and theories along with their applications to design and execute experiments on various advanced equipment. 

PSO-2: Develop proficiency in understanding the hierarchical architecture of the cosmos, increasing in scale from the Solar System to the Galaxy to the Universe, and decreasing in scale to atoms and their nuclei. 

PSO-3: Analyze astronomical data, and quantitative data generally. 

  • Fill Application Form
  • Screening of Application
  • Short listed student gets an invite for Personal Interview

Minimum 50% marks in Class X and XII.(PCM/B)

  • Research associate 
  • Acoustic consultant 
  • Astronomy lab Assistant 
  • Data scientist 
  • Planetarium instructors 
  • Radiation detection practitioner 
  • Research Assistant 
  • Programmers 

SEMESTER I

 

Category Subject Code Subject Credits
Core Course PHYS 1011  Mathematical Physics I 4
Core Course TBA  Mathematical Physics I Lab 1
Core Course PHYS 1012  Mechanics 4
Core Course  TBA Mechanics Lab 1
Core Course TBA  Introduction to Metrology 2
HSE HSFS 1003 Environmental Science 2
Generic Elective    Generic Elective - I (Chemistry/Mathematics/Geology) 6
School for life SLLS0101 Learning how to learn 2
School for life SLLS0102 Living Conversation 2
    Total 24

 

  

SEMESTER II

 

Category Subject Code Subject Credits
Core Course PHYS 1013  Electricity and Magnetism 4
Core Course TBA  Electricity and Magnetism Lab 1
Core Course  PHYS 1014 Waves and Optics 4
Core Course  TBA Waves and Optics Lab 1
Core Course TBA  Thermal Physics 5
Generic Elective    Generic Elective- II (Mathematics/Chemistry/Geology) 6
School for life SLLS0103 Leadership & Teamwork 2
School for life SLLG0104 Critical Thinking & Writing 3
       
    Total 26

 

  

SEMESTER III

 

Category Subject Code Subject Credits
Core Course  PHYS 2001 Mathematical Physics II 4
Core Course TBA Mathematical Physics II Lab 1
Core Course PHYS 2006  Analog Systems and Applications 4
Core Course  TBA Analog Systems and Applications Lab 1
Core Course PHYS 2005  Elements of Modern Physics 4
Core Course TBA  Elements of Modern Physics Lab 1
Skill Enhancement    Skill Enhancement Electives I 2
Generic Elective   Generic Elective-IV (Mathematics/Chemistry/Geology) 6
School for life SLLS 0201 Design Thinking 2
School for life SLLS 2001 Social Internship 0
    Total 25

 

  

SEMESTER IV

 

Category Subject Code Subject Credits
Core Course  PHYS 2004  Mathematical Physics III 5
Core Course   TBA Statistical Mechanics 3
Core Course  PHYS 2003  Digital System and Application 4
Core Course  TBA  Digital System and Application Lab 1
Skill Enhancement   Skill Enhancement Electives II 2
Generic Elective    Generic Elective-IV (Mathematics/Chemistry/Geology) 6
School for life   Working with Data 2
School for life   Ethical Leadership in the 21th Century (Human Values and Ethics) 3
       
    Total 26

 

  

SEMESTER V

 

Category Subject Code Subject Credits
Core Course   TBA Quantum Mechanics and Application 5
Specialization course   Specialization course I  5
Specialization course   Specialization course II 5
Specialization course   Specialization course III  5
School for life   Persuasive Presence 2
School for life   Environment and Sustainability - Himalaya Fellowship 3
    Total 25

 

  

SEMESTER VI

 

Category Subject Code Subject Credits
Core Course   PHYS 3003 Electromagnetic Theory 4
Core Course  TBA  Electromagnetic Theory Lab 1
Core Course   TBA Solid State Physics 5
Specialization course   Specialization course IV 5
Dissertation   Dissertation 6
School for life   Signature course 5 3
    Total 24

 

 

SPECIALISATION

 

Fundamentals of Astrophysics
Fundamentals of Astronomy
Observational Astronomy Lab
Stellar Evolution
Solar Physics
Solar Physics Lab

 

We at the department believe in experiential teaching and learning and strive to imbibe problem solving skills and critical thinking in the students. The following practices are in place to improve the quality of Teaching-Learning and student experience: 

  • Design and Review of individual Course Plans at the beginning of session 
  • Course Completion Report (CCR) 
  • Academic Planning & Monitoring 
  • Quality Laboratory Experience 
  • Encouraging Advanced Learner 
  • Slow Learners Support 
  • ICT enabled Classroom (sound system, mic and projector) 
  • Guest lectures  
  • Certification Courses  
  • Professional Software Training (PST) and Certification 
  • NPTEL lectures 
  • Use of Virtual labs 
  • Participation in competitive events (In-house/National/International). 
  • Participation in Conferences/Seminars/Workshops (National/International). 
  • Semester Exchange Program. 
  • FDP 

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

PEO-1: Graduate will have significant opportunities to get employment at Local and National level, and can work as analyst, quality controller, research assistant and in government sector job. 

PEO-2: Graduate will have leadership quality to handle all kind of circumstances in diversities by providing interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary learning environment. 

PEO-3: Graduate will continuously learn and adopt new skills and techniques to overcome the problem related with new technologies. 

PEO-4: Graduate will be able to formulate, investigate and analyze scientifically real life problems along with ethical attitude which works in multidisciplinary team. 

Program Specific Outcomes (PSOs)

PSO-1: Attain a systemic understanding of fundamental physical concepts, principles and theories along with their applications to design and execute experiments on various advanced equipment. 

PSO-2: Develop proficiency in understanding the hierarchical architecture of the cosmos, increasing in scale from the Solar System to the Galaxy to the Universe, and decreasing in scale to atoms and their nuclei. 

PSO-3: Analyze astronomical data, and quantitative data generally. 

Admission Criteria
  • Fill Application Form
  • Screening of Application
  • Short listed student gets an invite for Personal Interview
Eligibility Criteria

Minimum 50% marks in Class X and XII.(PCM/B)

Career Prospects
  • Research associate 
  • Acoustic consultant 
  • Astronomy lab Assistant 
  • Data scientist 
  • Planetarium instructors 
  • Radiation detection practitioner 
  • Research Assistant 
  • Programmers 
Curriculum

SEMESTER I

 

Category Subject Code Subject Credits
Core Course PHYS 1011  Mathematical Physics I 4
Core Course TBA  Mathematical Physics I Lab 1
Core Course PHYS 1012  Mechanics 4
Core Course  TBA Mechanics Lab 1
Core Course TBA  Introduction to Metrology 2
HSE HSFS 1003 Environmental Science 2
Generic Elective    Generic Elective - I (Chemistry/Mathematics/Geology) 6
School for life SLLS0101 Learning how to learn 2
School for life SLLS0102 Living Conversation 2
    Total 24

 

  

SEMESTER II

 

Category Subject Code Subject Credits
Core Course PHYS 1013  Electricity and Magnetism 4
Core Course TBA  Electricity and Magnetism Lab 1
Core Course  PHYS 1014 Waves and Optics 4
Core Course  TBA Waves and Optics Lab 1
Core Course TBA  Thermal Physics 5
Generic Elective    Generic Elective- II (Mathematics/Chemistry/Geology) 6
School for life SLLS0103 Leadership & Teamwork 2
School for life SLLG0104 Critical Thinking & Writing 3
       
    Total 26

 

  

SEMESTER III

 

Category Subject Code Subject Credits
Core Course  PHYS 2001 Mathematical Physics II 4
Core Course TBA Mathematical Physics II Lab 1
Core Course PHYS 2006  Analog Systems and Applications 4
Core Course  TBA Analog Systems and Applications Lab 1
Core Course PHYS 2005  Elements of Modern Physics 4
Core Course TBA  Elements of Modern Physics Lab 1
Skill Enhancement    Skill Enhancement Electives I 2
Generic Elective   Generic Elective-IV (Mathematics/Chemistry/Geology) 6
School for life SLLS 0201 Design Thinking 2
School for life SLLS 2001 Social Internship 0
    Total 25

 

  

SEMESTER IV

 

Category Subject Code Subject Credits
Core Course  PHYS 2004  Mathematical Physics III 5
Core Course   TBA Statistical Mechanics 3
Core Course  PHYS 2003  Digital System and Application 4
Core Course  TBA  Digital System and Application Lab 1
Skill Enhancement   Skill Enhancement Electives II 2
Generic Elective    Generic Elective-IV (Mathematics/Chemistry/Geology) 6
School for life   Working with Data 2
School for life   Ethical Leadership in the 21th Century (Human Values and Ethics) 3
       
    Total 26

 

  

SEMESTER V

 

Category Subject Code Subject Credits
Core Course   TBA Quantum Mechanics and Application 5
Specialization course   Specialization course I  5
Specialization course   Specialization course II 5
Specialization course   Specialization course III  5
School for life   Persuasive Presence 2
School for life   Environment and Sustainability - Himalaya Fellowship 3
    Total 25

 

  

SEMESTER VI

 

Category Subject Code Subject Credits
Core Course   PHYS 3003 Electromagnetic Theory 4
Core Course  TBA  Electromagnetic Theory Lab 1
Core Course   TBA Solid State Physics 5
Specialization course   Specialization course IV 5
Dissertation   Dissertation 6
School for life   Signature course 5 3
    Total 24

 

 

SPECIALISATION

 

Fundamentals of Astrophysics
Fundamentals of Astronomy
Observational Astronomy Lab
Stellar Evolution
Solar Physics
Solar Physics Lab

 

Innovative Teaching and Learning

We at the department believe in experiential teaching and learning and strive to imbibe problem solving skills and critical thinking in the students. The following practices are in place to improve the quality of Teaching-Learning and student experience: 

  • Design and Review of individual Course Plans at the beginning of session 
  • Course Completion Report (CCR) 
  • Academic Planning & Monitoring 
  • Quality Laboratory Experience 
  • Encouraging Advanced Learner 
  • Slow Learners Support 
  • ICT enabled Classroom (sound system, mic and projector) 
  • Guest lectures  
  • Certification Courses  
  • Professional Software Training (PST) and Certification 
  • NPTEL lectures 
  • Use of Virtual labs 
  • Participation in competitive events (In-house/National/International). 
  • Participation in Conferences/Seminars/Workshops (National/International). 
  • Semester Exchange Program. 
  • FDP 
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