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How to choose courses

Perhaps you are wondering what courses to choose? The department offers some 100 different courses in Physics. This page is intended to give you some guidance for your exchange studies at Lund University.

Two semesters

In Sweden, the study year is divided into two semesters, and each semester is divided into two periods. For one semester of full time 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.

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:

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.

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.

Physics 3

This 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 always given in English.