Organization and Structure of the Department

The Department of Physics is part of the School of Sciences and Technology of the University of Crete. It was founded in 1976 as a Division of the then School of Physics and Mathematics of the University of Crete (26-06-1976 Presidential Decree 654 in the Official Gazette of the 241 / 12-9-1976) and admitted its first undergraduate students in 1978.

The educational and organizational activities are organized in the following Sections:

Section of Applied Physics

Section of Astrophysics and Space Physics

Section of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

Section of Nuclear Physics and Elementary Particles

Section of Physics of Condensed Matter

 

Contact information

Study Programme Overview

 

Undergraduate Studies Programme

Physics Undergraduate Program

 

Admission procedures

High school diploma. National Level Examinations.

 

Official Duration of Programme

8 academic semesters

 

Attendance

A full academic year is equivalent to 60 ECTS units and one full semester to 30 ECTS

 

Division – Specification

Not any

 

Requirements for Graduation

To complete the program, students will have to complete 240 ECTS.

In order to obtain the BSc in Physics, students are required to attend and successfully pass the exams of courses that are divided into three categories. There are 22 Category A courses (Compulsory Courses), these are the core courses of the program and are offered by the Department each academic year, in the Fall or Spring, or both semesters. Category B courses (Main Physics Directions) are either undergraduate or graduate level elective courses of the Department covering major areas in modern physics. Category C (Special Topics in Physics) are elective courses and include all other courses offered by the Department of Physics, as well as courses offered by other Departments of the University of Crete. At the beginning of each semester, based on the available number of teachers and evaluating educational priorities, the Department prepares the list of courses it will offer in Category C. The courses offered by other Departments that are included in this category is also decided at that time.

 

Course Classification

 

Course Classification

 

No. of courses

CORE COMPULSORY COURSES (CATEGORY A)

22

MAIN PHYSICS DIRECTIONS (CATEGORY B)

>20

SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHYSICS (CATEGORY C)

TBD

 

Of the 240 ECTS required to complete the program 144 must come from the 22 Compulsory courses (Category A), at least 40 from Category B courses, and the remainder - if any - from Category C courses.

Students may choose to work on a diploma thesis and / or an internship. A diploma thesis is equivalent to 12 ECTS. With the diploma thesis a student may perform a research project under the guidance of a faculty member of the Department of Physics. In order to obtain the 12 ECTS for this course, the student must write a thesis and present his/her finding in a seminar, followed by an oral examination of a three-member committee selected by the Undergraduate Program Committee. By completing an internship, students can obtain a total of up to 3 ECTS, while an additional 17 ECTS are added in the annex of their BSc degree.

 

Educational, research and professional goals

The curriculum of the Department of Physics equips the student with general skills such as:

• ability to use advanced mathematical tools

• ability to recognize the key factors that determine the different physical phenomena

• ability to quantify the relationship between cause and effect, and take initiatives

• experience in using bibliography

• experience in using computers and computer networks

The curriculum of the Department of Physics offers quite broad choices in shaping the future professional orientation of its students, according to the interests and special abilities of each student.

- With a proper selection of the courses followed, the physics student having an interest in the field of engineering may proceed to become, after graduate studies, a modern engineer, or applied scientist in fields such as telecommunications, electronics, optoelectronics, computational science, materials science, mild energy sources, the environment, and medical technology.

- The physics student may further easily turn, with proper curriculum choices, into some modern directions of chemistry, chemical technology, and biology.

- Career opportunities also arise in seemingly unrelated fields such as scientific and technical journalism, the analysis of economic phenomena, addressing complicated computational problems of modern society, etc.

- For the talented physicist the possibility always exists to pursue graduate studies, and a research career at a university or research center.

 

Student Coursework Evaluation

The examination in each course is conducted orally or in writing. More information on the way each course is examined can be found in the Department's Undergraduate Program Guide available here.

Three examination periods are offered in each academic year: the winter semester examination period in January, the spring semester examination period in June and an extra examination period in September. The exact schedule of examinations is announced on the departmental website.

If a student has passed a course during the examination period of the Fall or Spring semester, he/she may opt to be examined again during the make up examination period of the same academic year in order to improve his/her grade. To do so, the student must request this in writing from the Undergraduate Secretariat at least 15 days in advance of the make up examination period. If the new grade is lower from the one she/he already had, the previous, higher, grade remains in the student record.

 

Grading system and requirements for students’ graduation

Students' grades scale from 0 to10.

Excellent: 8.50-10.00

Very Good: 6,50-8,49

Good: 5.00- 6.49

Fail: 0.00-4.99

The minimum passing grade is 5. The final Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated as the average of all grades in courses weighted by the ECTS of each course. The GPA is given with an accuracy of two decimals. If a student has accumulated more than 240 ECTS, the extra courses of Category B and C with the lowest grade are removed from the GPA calculation, always ensuring that the total is load is equal or more than 240 ECTS.

 

Degrees

Bachelor degree (B.Sc) in Physics

 

Professional certificate

Not any

 

Access to further studies

Two distinct Graduate Programs are presently offered by the Department of Physics, both leading to degrees at the M.Sc. and Ph.D. level. These are:

- Graduate Studies in "Advanced Physics"
- Graduate Studies in "Photonics and Nanoelectronics"

Candidates for these programs are solicited among the graduating undergraduate students from universities in Greece and abroad. The students are admitted once a year on the basis of their undergraduate record, letters of recommendations and, in some cases, interviews. A brief guide describing the graduate studies is available here. More information can also be found in the following website.

The Department of Physics also participates in the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Program, "Brain and Mind", which leads to a Master's degree.

 

Indicative Curriculum

The Department of Physics recommends the following curriculum of courses that can be followed by an undergraduate who wishes to obtain a BSc in Physics. Courses in Category B and C are indicated with the general term “Elective Course”.

1st semester

 

Code

Course name

ECTS

Course Classification

Prerequisites

Φ101

Physics I

7

A COMPULSORY

 

 Φ111

Mathematics Ι

7

A COMPULSORY

 

Φ113

Math for Physics Ι

7

A COMPULSORY

 

Φ011

English Ι

4

A COMPULSORY

 

Φ150

Intro to Computing

4

A COMPULSORY

 

 

2nd semester

Code

Course name

ECTS

Course Classification

Prerequisites

Φ102

Physics ΙΙ

7

A

COMPULSORY

 

Φ112

Mathematics ΙΙ

7

A

COMPULSORY

 

Φ108

Physics Lab I Mechanics & Thermodynamics

7

A

COMPULSORY

Φ101, Φ107

Φ012

English ΙΙ

4

A

COMPULSORY

 

Φ151

Intro to Programing - C

6

A

COMPULSORY

 

 

3rd  semester

Code

Course name

ECTS

Course Classification

Prerequisites

Φ201

Modern Physics Ι

7

A

COMPULSORY

 

Φ211

Differential Equations Ι

7

A

COMPULSORY

 

Φ207

Physics Lab ΙΙ – Electricity

7

A

COMPULSORY

Φ102, Φ108

-

Elective Course

 

Β / C

 
 

Elective Course

 

Β / C

 

 

4th semester

Code

Course name

ECTS

Course Classification

Prerequisites

Φ202

Modern Physics ΙΙ

7

A

COMPULSORY

 

Φ212

Differential Equations ΙΙ

7

A

COMPULSORY

 

Φ204

Classical Mechanics I

7

A

COMPULSORY

 

Φ208

Physics Lab ΙΙΙ - Optics

7

A

COMPULSORY

Φ207

 

Elective Course

 

Β / C

 

 

5th semester

Code

Course name

ECTS

Course Classification

Prerequisites

Φ303

Quantum Mechanics Ι

7

A

COMPULSORY

 

Φ405

Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics

7

A

COMPULSORY

 

Φ307

Advanced Physics Lab Ι

7

A

COMPULSORY

Φ201, Φ208

 

Elective Course

 

Β / C

 

 

6th semester

Code

Course name

ECTS

Course Classification

Prerequisites

Φ301

Electromagnetism Ι

7

A

COMPULSORY

 
 

Elective Course

 

Β / C

 
 

Elective Course

 

Β / C

 
 

Elective Course

 

Β / C

 

 

7th semester

Code

Course name

ECTS

Course Classification

Prerequisites

Φ403

From Quarks to the Universe

7

A

COMPULSORY

 
 

Elective Course

 

Β / C

 
 

Elective Course

 

Β / C

 
 

Elective Course

 

Β / C

 

 

8th semester

Code

Course name

ECTS

Course Classification

Prerequisites

 

Elective Course

 

Β / C

 
 

Elective Course

 

Β / C

 
 

Elective Course

 

Β / C

 
 

Elective Course

 

Β / C

 

 

A complete list of all the offered courses and the corresponding syllabi is available here and in the Undergraduate Program Guide here.

 

Student mobility

The Department of Physics in collaboration with International Relations Office has established a number of research and educational collaborations with Universities and Research Institutes outside Greece such as:

  • Erasmus Program in Physics: The Department of Physics hosts students from Europe who come to Crete to attend select courses and work on research projects with the faculty. It also encourages our undergraduate students to explore similar opportunities in other European countries.
  • Organization of educational programs of the type "Erasmus Intensive Program". 

In addition to the above, the members of the Department of Physics are very active in cutting edge research areas and maintain collaborations with the top institutes outside Greece. This has provided the opportunity to a large fraction of our graduates to successfully continue their academic career to Universities and research Institutes in Europe and the US.

 

Internships

Students of the Physics Department have the opportunity to pursue an internship in the private and public sectors through the Internship Program. Information on the process here and on the Department's website here.

 

Financing and other opportunities for Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to apply for merit-based scholarships offered by the State Scholarships Foundation.