OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM
Stages of study / curricula / description of modules
Students receive a sound grounding, which covers the full scope of experimental and theoretical physics. They also gain insights into the research specialisations at the University of Bremen: biophysics, solid-state physics, environmental physics, applied optics and the theory of dynamic systems contribute towards Bremen University's outstanding reputation for fundamental research, as well as applied and interdisciplinary research.
- Experimental Physics 1-6
- Physics Lab 1-4
- Advanced Physics Lab 1-2
- Theoretical Physics 1-5
- Advanced Mathematics 1-4
- Complementary courses: Foundations for scientific practice, Computers as a tool, English for physicists, Career perspectives, Chemistry
- Students select Biophysics, Environmental Phyiscs, Theoretical Phyiscs, Solid-state Physics, Dynamical Systems or Computational materials science
- General studies: Large choice of courses in complementary and transdisciplinary skills
- Bachelor's thesis, typically at one of the faculty's institutes
Compulsory, elective and optional
Core courses: Experimental Physics, Theoretical Physics, Advanced Mathematics and Chemistry are some of the compulsory courses. Complementary and transdisciplinary skills are provided through additional classes, such as "English for physicists", "Computers as a tool" and "Foundations for scientific practice".
Options: Biophysics, Computational Materials Science, Solid State Physics, Theoretical Physics, Environmental Physics.
Electives: A wide rage of General Studies courses is for choice in the electives area.
Typical course types
At the beginning of the course of study, during the teaching of the basics, the teaching takes place mainly in the form of lectures and accompanying exercises and tutorials. In lectures a professor mainly teaches and students mainly listen. Within the corresponding exercises, individual topics and questions from the lecture will be taken up and discussed in depth. Exercises are usually offered by the provider of the lecture or the respective scientific staff. Tutorials are led by senior students. Tutorials serve to deepen the contents of methodically oriented subjects. Later on in the course of study the methods of teaching increasingly change to seminars and project work. In contrast to a lecture, seminars are more geared towards student participation. The topics of the seminar are discussed between students and professors; students can do presentations. Project work means mainly working and researching independently.
Specializations are available in the following subjects: biophysics, computational materials science, solid state physics, theoretical physics, environmental physics.
Courses in the didactics of physics are offered to students intending to become teachers (Lehramt).
General Studies account for 10 - 25% of the study programme. These courses train key competences for subsequent career fields. By building their own individual specialities, students are able to shape and amplify their academic profile.
The General Studies (GS) form the complementary studies that students can take on beyond the scientific studies in order to acquire individually fitting knowledge and competences. General Studies also include courses on general academic education and career exploration. In the study program Electrical Engineering / Information Technology with Management, methodical subjects (analysis of economic data, statistics) are integrated into the General Studies. In the elective area, students can choose from the GS program offered by the entire university.
In this programme area, subject-related studies in the field of teacher training are supplemented with courses dealing with teaching practice. This programme area comprises 13 - 23 % of studies in the field of teacher training, depending on the type of school envisaged. It encompasses the following topics: studies in education, subject didactics, internships and key qualifications.
In Erziehungswissenschaft werden allgemeine erziehungswissenschaftliche sowie schulpädagogisch-didaktische Grundlagen vermittelt. Damit verbunden ist das Orientierungspraktikum: Es dient dazu, erste pädagogische und unterrichtspraktische Erfahrungen in einem schulischen Kontext zu sammeln und so die eigene pädagogische Eignung und Neigung zu überprüfen. Im Bereich der Schlüsselqualifikationen werden fachübergreifende berufsbezogene Kompetenzen vermittelt, beispielsweise Methoden- und Kommunikationskompetenz. Pflicht innerhalb der Schlüsselqualifikationen ist an der Uni Bremen der „Umgang mit heterogenen Lerngruppen“. Je nach angestrebtem Schultyp entfallen 13-23% des Bachelorstudiums auf diesen Bereich.
Internships are generally recommended. The module "Career Perspectives" offers the possibility for internships, practicals and insights into the professions occupied by physicists.
Students intending to become teachers (Lehramt) must complete a 7-week practice period during which they teach a physics subject.
Students may undertake a stay abroad, although this is not compulsory.
Module examinations can be carried out in the following forms:
1. Oral examinations of at least 15 to a maximum of 30 minutes for one-semester modules and of at least 30 minutes to a maximum of 60 minutes for two-semester modules
2. Written Exams of 60 to 180 minutes duration
3. Seminar lectures from 20 to 45 minutes duration
4. Seminar papers