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Physics (B.Sc.)

Taught in German


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Number of enrolled students

224 students are enrolled in this bachelor degree course (as of winter semester 2017/18).


since 23 June 2005.

Areas of study

"The subject Physics is concerned with the observation and understanding of all basic phenomena in the categories of matter and energy. In this respect it forms the basis of all the other natural sciences right up to life sciences and medicine. It is also the basis for engineering and technology.
In state financed laboratories or laboratories funded by industry, physicists work on basic and on practically oriented problem areas. The subjects range from cosmology to particle physics (mainly dealt with in large international working groups), it continues through the physics of condensed matter and materials and goes on to innovative technology. Physics is the starting point for very promising high technologies, from micro-electronics to nanotechnology and without its regular contributions, effective long term cooperation on solutions to energy and environment problems is unimaginable …." (Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft/German Physics Society)

The subject Physics is especially suited for students who wish to understand the connections within and among natural events and also to students looking for technical innovations, i.e. the application of physical principles. Both theoretical-mathematically and constructive-experimentally talented students can find their areas of interest within the subject as theoretical or experimental physicists. Their skills and interests should not be concentrated only on one side of the subject, however. When, for example, a student is only interested in mathematical problems, then he/she should ask him/herself whether he/she should not be studying mathematics. In the same way, a student who likes to construct, tinker and adapt should think about the alternative of studying engineering.


Requirements of this course of studies

The student should already have an interest in natural science subjects (in particular physics and mathematics), good basic knowledge, the ability to think analytically and logically, knowledge of English, at the beginning of the course of studies.
A “Vorkurs Mathematik” (preparatory course in mathematics) is offered for all beginners of this course of studies. Participation is emphatically recommended.  More on this...

Composition of the Study Programme

Degree BSc


Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Duration of studies 6 Semester 180 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

6 Semesters - 180 Credit Points (CP)

Composition of the Study Programme

Composition / Structure of degree programme

In the six semester course of studies students are first given a broad basic training in experimental Physics, Theoretical Physics and Mathematics. This forms the foundation for the broad spectrum in which the professional life and work of the physicist will lie. Based on that a differentiation of the three main aspects of physics is offered after the 5th semester:

  • Applied, Experimental and Theoretical Solid State Physics
  • Experimental and Theoretical Hadron, Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Experimental Atomic and Molecular physics.

The elective (Wahlpflichtfach – WPF) which is selected from the 1st semester on can be chosen from among the following: Chemistry, Informatics, Numerical Mathematics, Economics, Business Administration.
The non-scientific elective can be selected from among Economics, Business Administration and languages. In the course 180 credit points must be gained, 128 of these in the mandatory section, 30 in the electives, 10 in the study project/special classes and 12 with the Bachelors thesis.


Study Plan

1st semester2nd semester

Experimental Physics I

Experimental Physics II
Experimental Physics I practical course Experimental Physics II practical course
Mathematic methodology for Physics

Higher Mechanics

Mathematics for physicists I

Mathematics for physicists II

Elective I

Elective II


3rd semester4th semester

Experimental Physics III

Experimental Physics V

Experimental Physics III practical course EDP/ measurement technology
Quantum Mechanics Electrodynamics
Mathematics for physicists III Computational Physics
Experimental Physics IV Experimental Physics VI


5th semester6th semester

Advanced practical course (in the winter semester)

Advanced practical course (in the summer semester)
Thermodynamics Theoretical Physics
Scientific presenting Experimental Physics
Elective III (non-physical) Study Project

Elective IV (natural science)

Bachelor's Thesis


Examples of possible compulsory elective modules for the compulsory elective subjects I-IV can be found here:

Spcial order  1a) (in German)


Commencement of Studies in the Winter Semester

Commencement of studies

Only possible in the winter semester

Entrance Requirements Abitur ohne Praktikumsnachweis

Entrance requirements

  • Applicants must have an Abitur (German school leaver's examination for university entrance) or equivalent. More on this...
  • Certification of a pre-professional practical period is not required.
  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. Read more...

Application not limited only winter

Application / Enrolment

  • The study programme is not subject to admission restrictions.

  • The enrolment period for the winter semester begins at the beginning of June.

  • The end of the enrolment period is determined anew each year, please enquire in the application portal during the enrolment period.

Different rules apply in some cases for international applicants. More...


Career Options

Career Options

Programmes of further study at JLU

Master courses of study

Doctorate possible with a Master's degree



Career options / Job market

Physicists are needed and work in parts of industry, research institutions, administration, banks, consulting firms and patent offices, all of which have a particular need for analytical, systematic and synthesizing skills. The chemical industry, energy technology, mechanical engineering, communication technology, ecological technology, management consultation, information technology, etc...
Most physicists find employment in industry, service sectors and universities and tertiary institutions.  Industrial physicists in big firms mainly work in research and development. However, they can also find work in production, sales or management. Areas of employment in middle-sized firms have not yet been opened up.  Particularly in recent years physicists have become very highly regarded as independent "problem solvers" in the area of communications, in information technology and even in banking. The traditionally broad professional field of the physicist is continually moving through the development of science and technology.

Further Information

Further Information: Documents

PDF documents for the courses of study


Examination- and study regulations


Courses offered in the course catalogue

International pages

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Any Questions

Any Questions?

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Subject Advisors

Prof. Dr. Lorenz von Smekal
Institut für Theoretische Physik
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 16, Raum 420
35392 Gießen
.: 0641 - 99 33300

Prof. Dr. Michael Dürr
Institut für Angewandte Physik
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 16, room 531
35392 Giessen
Tel.: 0641 - 99 33490

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