Profile of The Programme

Every year, very few and highly qualified students are admitted to our department with full scholarship. In general accordance with the liberal arts educational philosophy of Koç University, our program offers our graduates a solid physics background, and prepares them with a broad knowledge base to follow up careers in various related disciplines. In addition to the area courses, we also offer independent study courses where the student works closely with a faculty member on a research project to develop research skills. The program is flexible and allows a double major with other disciplines such as mathematics, chemistry, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science. Students from other departments are also encouraged (with an extension of their scholarship into the fifth year) to obtain a second major in physics or, alternatively, complete a minor program in physics by taking six courses some of which they are free to choose.

 

Qualification Awarded

Bachelor of Science in Physics

Admission Requirements

Candidates can apply via ÖSYM, as an international student, as a transfer student or as a tuition-paying exchange student. Admission requirements for all types of prospective students can be found at the Registrar’s Directorate webpage:

https://registrar.ku.edu.tr/en/admission/

The requirements for incoming exchange students can be found at http://oip.ku.edu.tr.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

Students who took the equivalents of certain courses offered in Koç University in other institutions can apply to the respective College or Graduate School at Koç University to transfer those courses.

Opportunities for candidates with IB, French Baccaleurate, Matura and Abitur diplomas on webpage (only in Turkish for the moment):
https://adaylar.ku.edu.tr/content/kayit-kabul-ile-ilgili-sorular#2_15

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Koç University exam regulations are given on webpage: https://registrar.ku.edu.tr/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2017/03/Examinat…

Graduation Requirements

Students need to have a GPA at or above 2.00/4.00 and need to have completed all courses on their curriculum with a passing letter grade in order to graduate.

Occupational Profiles and Access to Further Studies

Two thirds of our graduates continue with graduate education in an M.S. or Ph.D. program. Job types of our graduates consist of academia, private sector, government and R&D. Those that pursue a career in the private sector are from a vast array of sectors such as finance, software development, marketing, technology, human resources, and information technologies.

Career Development Center, supports all Koç University students and graduates in career Development and Planning, in preparing graduate education plans, and in professional life decisions. For more information about the Career Development Center, please visit https://career.ku.edu.tr/en/

Curriculum

Physics Curriculum

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program outcomes can be enumerated. At the end of the undergraduate program, graduates can:
  1. Understand the fundamental physics together with the practical, analytical, and mathematical skills of a physics major.
  2. Possess the state-of-the-art practical, analytical, and mathematical skills.
  3. Acquire the use of techniques, skills, and tools necessary for their careers.
  4. Be able to identify the key issues and formulate and solve problems relevant to physics.
  5. Be able to setup and conduct experiments, collect and analyze data and interpret their result.
  6. Be able to learn independently and know where to access the necessary resources.
  7. Be able to work autonomously and collaborate with multidisciplinary team members.
  8. Communicate physics concepts to anyone effectively both verbally and in writing.

Course Relationships with PLOs

Undergrad Course

/ PLO

PLO1 PLO2 PLO3 PLO4 PLO5 PLO6 PLO7 PLO8
PHYS101: General Physics I 4 2 5 4 4 3 2 2
PHYS102: General Physics II 4 2 5 4 4 3 3 2
PHYS205: General Physics III 5 5 5 4 5 4 5 3
PHYS206: General Physics IV 5 5 5 4 5 4 5 3
PHYS201: Mechanics 5 3 5 5 0 3 1 3
PHYS301: Statistical Physics 4 4 5 5 1 2 0 4
PHYS302: Electromagnetism 4 5 5 5 0 3 0 3
PHYS390: Independent Study 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
PHYS401: Quantum Mechanics I 5 4 4 5 1 4 2 4
PHYS402: Quantum Mechanics II 5 4 4 5 1 4 2 4
PHYS421: Photonics and Lasers 4 4 5 4 3 4 2 4
PHYS437: Biomedical Optics 4 4 5 3 4 4 2 4
PHYS403: Solid State Physics 5 5 3 4 1 4 3 3
PHYS405: Experimental Physics 5 5 5 4 5 4 5 5
PHYS414: Computational Physics 2 3 5 1 0 5 3 1