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The Physics Department  began in 1986 with a one-hundred sixty credits bachelor degree program in physics. In addition to program courses, the allocated credits included courses on English, basic math and computing skills. Over the years the English language and basic skills were separately taught in the foundation program. The physics program now consists of 122 credits. The full version of the Physics Degree Plan for the 2016-2020 period can be downloaded here

 

The admission criteria into Physics Major are:

- Minimum grade in PHYS2101 is C

- Minimum CGPA is 2

 

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Degree Plan (122 credits)

Course Code

Cr

Course Title

Prerequisite

University Requirements (12 credits)

ARAB1001

3

Arabic

 

SOCY1001

1

Contemporary Omani Society

 

HIST1010

or

ISLM1010

2

Oman & Islamic Civilization

or

Islamic Culture

 

 

6

University Electives

 

All course designated as University Electives in A & R list are acceptable

College Requirements (3 credits)

LANC2058

3

Communication in Science

 

College Electives (16 credits)

The student must take the following three courses

COMP2101

4

Introduction to Computer Science

 

MATH2107

4

Calculus I

 

PHYS2101

4

Physics I

 

 

 

 

 

And any course from of the following courses

CHEM2101

4

General Chemistry I

 

ERSC2101

4

Introduction to Geology I

 

STAT1001

4

Introduction to Statistics

 

Departmental Requirements (62 credits)

MATH2108

3

Calculus II

MATH2107

MATH3171

3

Linear Algebra & Multivariate Calculus

MATH2108

PHYS2102

4

Physics II

PHYS2101

PHYS3001

3

Dynamics

PHYS2101, PHYS3101

PHYS3005

3

Experimental Methods of Physics I

PHYS2102

PHYS3012

3

Electromagnetism

PHYS2102, MATH3171

PHYS3100

2

Introduction to Computational Physics

PHYS2102, COMP2101, MATH2107

PHYS3101

3

Theoretical Methods of Physics I

MATH3171

PHYS3103

3

Physics III

PHYS2102, MATH2107

PHYS3104

3

Modern Physics

PHYS3103

PHYS3106

4

Electronics

PHYS2102

PHYS4100

3

Optics & Lasers

PHYS3103, PHYS3012

PHYS4101

3

Quantum Mechanics

PHYS3104, PHYS3101

PHYS4105

3

Experimental Methods of Physics II

PHYS3005

PHYS4107

3

Computational Methods of Physics

PHYS3100, PHYS3001, PHYS4101

PHYS4018

4

Thermal & Statistical Physics

PHYS3104

PHYS5105

3

Experimental Methods of Physics III

PHYS4105

PHYS5003

3

Condensed Matter Physics I

PHYS4101, PHYS4018

PHYS5106

3

Nuclear & Particle Physics

PHYS4101

PHYS5501

3

Physics Project 1

 

Major Electives (29 credits)

Elective courses from outside the College of Science should be in English language and be part of the degree of a program in the University

 

 

The department not only offers a Major in Physics but also a Minor in Medical Physics to its own students in addition to a Minor in Astronomy and a Minor in Nuclear Science to students form other departments within the college.

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Medical Physics Minor (19 credits)

BIOL 2105

4

Human Physiology

BIOL2101

MEDP3000

3

Ionizing Radiation

PHYS3104

MEDP4000

3

Biological Effects of Radiation

BIOL2105 &PHYS5106

MEDP4001

3

Non-ionizing Radiation

PHYS3104 & PHYS3012

MEDP4004

3

Project in Medical Physics I

 

MEDP4005

3

Project in Medical Physics II

 

PHYS4000

0

Medical Physics Internship

90 credits completed

 

 

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Astronomy Minor (18 credits out of 24)

The student must take the following two courses

PHYS2901

3

Introduction to Astronomy

 

PHYS3901

3

Mysteries of the Universe

PHYS2901

And four courses from of the following courses

PHYS3903

3

Introduction to Space Science

PHYS2901

PHYS3905

3

Essentials of Meteorology

PHYS2102, PHYS2901

PHYS3907

3

Observational Techniques

PHYS3901

PHYS4901

3

Stellar Evolution & Nucleosynthesis

PHYS3901

PHYS4902

3

Galactic structure and Cosmology

PHYS3901

PHYS5901

3

Image Processing and Data Analysis

PHYS3100, PHYS3907

 

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Nuclear Science Minor (18 credits)

PHYS3601

3

Radiation Physics

PHYS3104

PHYS3602

3

Fundamental of Radiation Protection

PHYS3601

PHYS3603

3

Operational Radiation detection

PHYS3602

PHYS4601

3

Ionizing Radiation Detection

PHYS3601

PHYS4602

3

Nuclear Application

PHYS3601

PHYS5601

3

Introduction to Nuclear Energy

PHYS3601

 

It is worth mentioning that whilst it is not a requirement for students to undertake a minor, many students opt to use their elective credits in securing one. Possible non-departmental minors include Minor in Chemistry, Minor in Geology, Minor in Mathematics...

 

Educational Objectives: The Program Educational Objectives are to

a. Prepare its graduates to successfully undertake programs of graduate study in physics and related disciplines

b. Prepare its graduates to perform as professionals in a broad range of careers requiring scientific and technical knowledge

c. Instill work ethics and cultural values in its graduates


Program Learning Outcomes: The graduates of the Physics Program are expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, electrodynamics and thermal physics and apply it in optics and lasers, condensed matter physics and nuclear physics and in other fields.
  2. Use appropriate mathematical and computational tools to solve problems in physics.
  3. Assemble and conduct experiments, as well as analyse and interpret data
  4. Conduct study in research setting environment using  mathematical/computer modelling or laboratory experimentation
  5. Explain natural phenomena using the principles of physics
  6. Work independently and within a team
  7. Write  and present reports which communicate results to scientific and non-scientific audience
  8. Demonstrate integrity and honesty in their work

Bachelor Graduate Attributes mapping

Graduate Attributes

Educational  Objective

Learning Outcome

  1. SQU graduates should be able to
  • Apply skills and knowledge relevant to physics
  • Communicate effectively and use information and communication technologies
  • Critically analyze complex information and  present it in simple and legible manner

a,b

1,2,3,4

  1. SQU graduates should possess
  • Personal skills that are aligned with the culture of international labor market to assist them in practical life and in living successfully
  • Skills and motivation to carry out independent learning and to engage in life-long learning and research
  • Work ethics, positive values and enjoyment of intellectual independence and autonomy
  • Teamwork skills and the ability to display potential leadership qualities

b,c

5,6,7,8

  1. SQU graduates should relish

Relish good citizenship qualities, be conscious of their national identity and be socially responsible, engage in in community affairs and be mindful of contemporary issues

c

 

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The admission criteria into Physics Major are:

- Minimum grade in PHYS2101 is C

- Minimum CGPA is 2