lunduniversity.lu.se

PHYSICS IN LUND

Portal for Physics and Astronomy at Lund University

Denna sida på svenska This page in English

How to choose courses

This page will give you guidance on how to pick the right courses in physics for your exchange semesters here in Lund. You can find all the courses listed here:

  • Physics courses at Lund University

In Sweden, the year is divided into two semesters, and each semester into two periods. For one semester of fulltime studies, you will collect 30 ECTS credits. The courses are most often worth either 15 ECTS credits, meaning it stretches over an entire semester on half tempo, or 7.5 ECTS credits, meaning it only stretches over half a semester. You always take at least two courses simultaneously. On the page linked above, it is stated on the shorter courses whether they are given the first or second half of the semester.

To choose the right courses you first need to know in which order the courses are taken for students admitted to the Bachelor's programme.

Basic courses

The first four semesters of the Bachelor's programme is usually organised in semester-long, full-time courses:

  1. Physics 1 -  the first course of Physics named FYSA01, General Physics, 30 ECTS, is a standard calculus-based beginners course in physics. The course gives an introductory overview of mechanics, thermodynamics, electrodynamics, optics, wave mechanics and atomic and nuclear physics. The book used is Young and Freedman: University Physics. The course is given in English each spring semester and as an exchange student you can choose parts of the course if you want to.
  2. Physics 2 - this consists of two courses - FYSB11 Basic Quantum Mechanics, 7.5 ECTS and FYSB12 Basic Statistical Physics and Quantum Statistics, 7.5 ECTS are two courses that introduces tools for physicists to prepare for further studies.
  3. Physics 3 -  is a package of modern physics courses in important fields of physics. It consists of five courses of 7.5 ECTS each: FYSC11: Atomic and molecular physics, FYSC12: Nuclear physics and reactors, FYSC13: Solid state physics, FYSC14: High energy physics and accelerators, FYTB13 Electromagnetism and FYB12 Analytical Mechanics and Special Relativity.

 You should consider parts of Physics 1 - 3 when selecting your courses. FYSA01 is given in English in the spring semester. The rest of the courses are allways given in English.

Course examples

Depending on what courses you've previously taken, you need to consider whether you should take courses on basic, intermediate or advanced level. To guide you through the courses of the different subjects, here are some examples:

Introductory mechanics, electrodynamics, quantum physics, waves or optics:

As an exchange student, you can take parts of FYSA01. Contact your international coordinator for more details.

Quantum mechanics:

If you want to study quantum mechanics, you should pick one of the following courses:

  • Beginner's quantum mechanics - FYSB11: basic quantum mechanics, 7.5 ECTS credits
  • Second course in quantum mechanics - FYSN17: Quantum mechanics, 7.5 ECTS credits

Statistical mechanics:

Beginners statistical mechanics is handled in the course FYSB12: Basic statistical physics and quantum statistics, 7.5 ECTS credits.

Atomic physics:

If you want to study atomic physics, you should pick:

  • Beginner's atomic physics (except for the very basic) - FYSC11: Atomic physics, 7.5 ECTS credits, first half of each semester. This is a part of FYSC01

Nuclear physics:

If you want to study nuclear physics, you should pick one of the following selections:

  • Beginner's nuclear physics (except for the very basic) - FYSC12: Nuclear physics, 7.5 ECTS credits, first half of each semester
  • Continued nuclear physics is offered in e.g. FYST11, FYST16 and FYST18

Elementary particle physics:

If you want to study elementary particle physics, you should pick one of the following selections:

  • Beginner's particle physics (except for the very basic) - FYSC13: Particle physics and accelerators, 7.5 ECTS credits, second half of each semester
  • Continued particle physics is offered in e.g. FYST16 and FYST17

Solid state physics:

If you want to study solid state physics, you should pick one of the following selections:

  • Beginner's solid state physics (except for the very basic) - FYSC13: Solid state physics, 7.5 ECTS credits, second half of each semester
  • Continued solid state physics is offered in e.g. FYST24, FYST25 and FYST27

 Other courses:

We offer around 100 courses in Physics given in English. You will find all of them here: