School of Science

Undergraduate Physics and Astrophysics

Undergraduate program »Physics and Astrophysics« is research oriented and focuses on fundamental science.

Study programme: Physics and astrophysics
Main fields of study:
Course code: 1FAF
Level of study: 1. stopnja univerzitetni
Name of the qualification: diploma
Qualification title:
Qualification abbreviation:
Final examination: no
Dean: prof. dr. Samo Stanič
ECTS coordinator: prof. dr. Iztok Arčon

Programme description

Physics addresses the phenomena in nature at its most fundamental levels on a variety of dimensional and energy scales. The goals of physics are to build on the current understanding of nature, using both experimentation and theoretical analysis, and to extend our understanding to more complicated systems, such as molecules, fluids, solids and galaxies. We actively promote student creativity, originality and adaptability; we consider the study to be the competitive edge that may help our alumni in their professional careers. Our advantages are individual approach to students, international research experience, and a young, dynamic academic team.

Undergraduate study program »Physics and astrophysics« is in its essence research-oriented. The courses aim to provide all the general theoretical and experimental knowledge in a broad spectrum of physics fields, required for research work, and to gradually involve the students in actual research. In addition to hands-on experience with practical physics problems in student laboratories (Physics Laboratory I – V), students have the opportunity to become involved in actual research work in five state-of-the-art research laboratories and centers of the UNG: Center for Astrophysics and Cosmology, Center for Atmospheric Research, Laboratory of Organic Matter Physics, Materials Research Laboratory and Laboratory for Quantum Optics. Their scientific results rank between top scientific achievements of Slovenian scientists, with publications in prestigious scientific journals such as Nature and Science. Under supervision, students obtain hands-on experience with research equipment, either remotely, at international observatories such as the Pierre Auger or the emerging Cherenkov Telescope Array, or by using locally available research infrastructure at the School of Science of the University of Nova Gorica in Ajdovščina. The equipment for characterization of the electronic properties of condensed and gaseous matter and of the biological substances makes the school site at Ajdovščina one of the most advanced centers for materials research in the world.

The curriculum of the undergraduate study program »Physics and astrophysics« aims to deliver the essential theoretical knowledge as early as possible, providing the basis for research activities. In addition to basic mathematical and physical contents, students get familiar with experimental methods that are used in physical laboratory in their first year. In the second and third year, the courses increasingly focus on specific core areas of astrophysics and solid state physics, and are complemented by research work. Students complete the program with a Bachelor seminar in the third year. Graduates have acquired competences and skills to further specialize through our master program »Physics and astrophysics«, by choosing one of the two modules it offers (the Astrophysics or Solid State Physics), or by pursuing master level studies at other universities.

Educational and professional goals

The objective of the Undergraduate study program »Physics and astrophysics« of the University is to provide students with the necessary theoretical and experimental knowledge and with the initial research experience, which will enable them either for a supervised research work, or for Master studies in the fields of astrophysics or solid state physics.

General competences acquired through the program:

  • development of scientific intuition;
  • ability to investigate natural phenomena;
  • ability to apply scientific methodologies;
  • ability of scientific communication in the English language;
  • ability to study in the international groups;
  • ability to acquire data from multiple sources;
  • ability to communicate the physical contents and results;
  • adaptability to different experimental situations.

Subject-specific competences acquired through the program:

  • developed physical approach to problem solving;
  • knowledge and understanding of the fundamental laws of nature;
  • management of modern information systems and experimental facilities;
  • ability to link computerized data acquisition and data processing;
  • ability to produce simple numerical models of real systems.

Access to further studies

Job prospects

Although the general orientation of the program is towards astrophysics and solid state physics, it nevertheless provides a broad enough base of knowledge for the graduates to be able to pursue further studies or employment in any field of physics. Our graduates successfully pursue their careers ranging from technological research in high-tech companies to regulatory work related to natural sciences in government bodies and agencies.

Courses

1. year

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
Analysis I 90 9
Astronomy 60 6
Computer programming 30 3
Experimental methods 60 6
Linear algebra 60 6
Mathematical physics I 60 6
Physics I 90 9
Physics II 60 6
Physics laboratory I 60 6

2. year

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
Analysis II 90 9
Analytical mechanics 60 6
Astronomical observations 30 3
Computerized data aquisition - 3
Electrodynamics 90 9
Mathematical Physics II 60 6
Physics laboratory II 30 3
Physics laboratory III 60 3
Quantum mechanics 90 9
General elective courses Ure ECTS
General and inorganic chemistry 60 6
Stellar astrophysics I 60 6
Specialized elective courses Ure ECTS
Galaxies and cosmology 60 6
Statistical mechanics 60 6

3. year

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
Astroparticle physics 60 6
Biophysics 60 6
Continuum mechanics 60 6
Diploma seminar - 12
Elementary particle physics 60 6
Physics laboratory IV 60 6
Selected topics in meteorology 60 6
General elective courses Ure ECTS
Astrophysics laboratory 60 6
Physics laboratory V 60 6
Solid state physics 60 6
Stellar astrophysics II 60 6