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Humboldt University of Berlin - Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Institute for Physics

Humboldt University of Berlin
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences I

Study regulations

for the physics diploma course
at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences I at the Humboldt University in Berlin

The text of the current study regulations is shown in BLACK, RED passages (links) refer to additional resolutions of the examination board.

On the basis of §§ 24 and 71 Paragraph 1 No. 1 of the Law on Universities in the State of Berlin (Berlin Higher Education Act BerlHG), the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences I issued the following study regulations on May 17, 1995: *)

§ 1 scope
§ 2 Study Objectives
§ 3 Start of studies and duration of study
§ 4 study sections and degrees
§ 5 Academic Advising
§ 6 Courses of the basic course
§ 7 Form and scope of the basic course courses
§ 8 Examination subjects for the preliminary diploma examination
§ 9 Courses of the main course
§ 10 Form and scope of the courses in the main course
§ 11 Further courses
§ 12 Examination subjects for the diploma examination
§ 13 Proof of achievement
§ 15 Entry into Force

*) These regulations were notified to the Senate Department for Science and Research on July 20, 1995.

§ 1 scope

The study regulations regulate the goal, content, structure and course of studies for the physics degree program. It only applies in connection with the associated examination regulations.

§ 2 study goals

(1) The student should acquire the ability to think and work independently and be introduced to the methods of scientific knowledge acquisition, problem solving and problem solving.

(2) The student must be familiarized with the basic terms of physics, the mathematical methods, the description of physical phenomena, the most important physical theories as well as frequently used experimental and data processing methods and measuring devices. This also includes a solid education in mathematics. The basic training should be as broad as possible and enable the student to apply physical knowledge and methods in other areas of knowledge and in technology. As part of the course, a material science-crystallographic-oriented specialization is offered, the scope of which goes beyond the scope of a compulsory elective subject.

(3) In some areas of work, in-depth knowledge of physical relationships, measurement methods and theories should be acquired as part of the compulsory elective subjects. In addition, more specific skills in some other science, engineering, or math subjects are required. The student should be introduced to the latest research results in at least one area and acquire the ability to do independent scientific work and prove it in the diploma thesis.

§ 3 Course start and duration

(1) The study of physics at the Humboldt University in Berlin usually begins in the winter semester. Enrollment in the summer semester is possible.

(2) The standard period of study is 10 semesters.

§ 4 study phases and degrees

(1) The course is divided into the sections basic course and main course. The basic course concludes with the preliminary diploma examination, the main course with the diploma examination.

(2) After passing the diploma examination, the academic degree Diplom-Physicist is awarded.

§ 5 Academic Advising

(1) The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences I at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin provides ongoing, general and personal study advice for the physics course. It is carried out by a professor specializing in physics.

(2) The professor is elected by the Faculty Council with a simple majority for a period of two years.

(3) One of the tasks of the academic advisory service is to guide the students to a meaningful arrangement of their studies according to their individual abilities and professional ideas within the scope of the possibilities offered in the study regulations and the range of courses. For this purpose, introductory events for the basic and main studies take place every winter semester.

(4) The special tasks include advising a student on the further course of studies and examinations for the diploma course in physics, which is necessary if a student has exceeded the deadline.

(5) Other tasks include providing information about the courses offered by the faculty, about the diploma theses, about the organization of the university and about the career prospects of the physicist.

(6) The professor responsible for academic advising regularly prepares a physics study guide, which is published by the dean.

§ 6 courses of the basic course

The basic course comprises the following subjects:

physics
mathematics
A compulsory elective subject.

§ 7 Form and scope of the basic course courses

(Used abbreviations:

VL lecture, UE exercise, PR internship, SE seminar, SWS semester weekly hours)
(1) Physics I (1st semester) 6 SWS VL, 4 SWS UE Classical Mechanics, Thermal Science
(2) Physics II (2nd semester) 6 SWS VL, 4 SWS UE electricity / electrodynamics, wave theory
(3) Physics III (3rd subject semester) 5 SWS VL, 3 SWS UE Optics, Analytical Mechanics
(4) Physics IV (4th semester) 6 SWS VL, 2 SWS UE Quantum Physics, Quantum Theory I

The lectures on physics have an integrated character in that theoretical physics and experimental physics are coordinated in terms of content.

(5) Basic physical internship
Basic internship I (1st semester) 2 SWS PR
Basic internship II (3rd semester) 4 SWS PR
Basic internship III (4th semester) 4 SWS PR

(6) Mathematics for Physicists
Mathematics I (1st semester) 4 SWS VL, 2 SWS UE
Mathematics II (2nd semester) 4 SWS VL, 2 SWS UE
Mathematics III (3rd subject semester) 4 SWS VL, 2 SWS UE
Mathematics IV (4th semester) 4 SWS VL, 2 SWS UE
[Mathematics]

(7) Elective subject (3rd and 4th semester) 6 hours per week (total)

The compulsory elective must be chosen from the range of subjects with a disciplinary connection to physics, i. H. from the fields of chemistry, electronics, biology, astronomy, computer science, mathematics.
Upon request, the examination board can allow additional elective subjects in individual cases.
In the individual elective subjects, exercises or internships are to be offered that enable the acquisition of a certificate of achievement. [Elective subjects: basic studies]
Students who want to take a material science-crystallographic orientation in the main course are recommended to take part in the elective "Introduction to Chemistry".

The following proof of performance must be provided: [proof of performance]

- 3 performance certificates for the physics exercises
- 3 certificates of achievement for the exercises in mathematics [mathematics]
- 1 proof of performance for the three-semester basic physics internship
- 1 certificate of achievement for the elective subject

§ 8 examination subjects for the preliminary diploma examination

(1) The basic course is concluded with the preliminary examination for the diploma. Admission to the examination and its implementation are regulated by the examination regulations for the physics diploma course at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences I of the Humboldt University of Berlin of May 17, 1995.

(2) The examination subjects include in detail the material of the following courses of the basic course: Experimental Physics

Theoretical physics
mathematics
Elective subject (the course selected from the above subject catalog (see Section 7, Paragraph 7)).

§ 9 courses of the main course

The main course comprises the following subjects:

Structure of matter (a. Atomic and molecular physics, b. Solid state physics, c. Nuclear and elementary particle physics)
Theoretical physics (thermodynamics / statistical physics, quantum theory II)
Physics internship for advanced students
Seminar on experimental physics or theoretical physics
Elective subject I or corresponding courses in materials science / crystallographic specialization
Elective subject II or corresponding courses in materials science / crystallographic specialization
Laboratory internship / theoretical
Preparation of a diploma thesis in the field of physics.

§ 10 Form and scope of the courses in the main course

(1) Structure of the subject 5th - 7th semester
a) Introduction to Atomic and Molecular Physics 3 SWS VL, 1 SWS UE
b) Introduction to Solid State Physics 4 SWS VL, 2 SWS UE
c) Introduction to nuclear and elementary particle physics 4 SWS VL, 2 SWS UE

The individual courses are independent of each other and can be attended in any order. The courses required for the elective subjects should be taken in the 5th and 6th semester.
[Structure of matter]

(2) Quantum Theory II 5th semester 4 SWS VL, 2 SWS UE

(3) Thermodynamics 5th semester 2 SWS VL, 1 SWS UE
Statistical Physics 6th semester 4 SWS VL, 2 SWS UE

Statistical physics includes classical statistical physics and quantum statistics.

(4) Physics internship for advanced students

5th semester 8 SWS PR
6th semester 8 SWS PR

(5) Seminar on Experimental Physics or Theoretical Physics

7th semester 2 SWS SE

In this seminar, the participating students give lectures of about one hour, which are followed by a discussion. The students should learn to work out a physical problem independently (if possible using original literature) and to present it in a comprehensible manner to a larger audience within a limited time. In addition, it is expected that the seminar participants take part in the discussion and acquire the ability to grasp and critically assess unfamiliar topics during the lecture. Proof of achievement is issued for successful participation in the seminar (presentation and regular participation in the discussion).

(8) Compulsory elective subjects [compulsory elective subjects: main course]

Compulsory elective I 7th - 8th semester 6 SWS VL / UE / SE / PR
Elective subject II 7th - 8th semester 6 SWS VL / UE / SE / PR

primarily from the following subject catalog:

Elementary particle physics
Statistical Physics / Nonlinear Dynamics
Theoretical solid state physics
Experimental solid state physics
Optics and Spectroscopy
Ion and electron physics / physics of surfaces and interfaces
Macromolecular and Biophysics
Plasma physics
Material science / microstructures
Scientific computing
Mathematical Methods in Physics (only elective I)
Physical chemistry (only elective I)

The Faculty Council can decide on further elective subjects.
The content of compulsory elective II should correspond to the area of ​​the diploma thesis.
The courses of the materials science-crystallographic specialization comprise a total of 12 SWS between the 5th and the 8th semester.
The subjects in the material science-crystallographic specialization are determined by the faculty council on the recommendation of the professors teaching in this area.

Upon written application by the student, the examination board can allow further (also non-scientific) elective subjects in individual cases. The application must contain the titles of the courses to be attended and a proposal for the examining professor. The provision of proof of performance must be guaranteed.

(9) For all exercises, seminars and internships offered under paragraphs (1) to (8), it must be possible to acquire proof of performance. The following proof of performance must be submitted when registering for the diploma examination:

- 3 certificates of achievement of successful participation in the exercises on the structure of the subject (one certificate of achievement for each course)
- 1 proof of achievement of successful participation in the exercises on quantum theory II
- 1 proof of achievement of successful participation in the statistical physics exercises (6th semester)
- 1 proof of achievement of the successful participation in the physics internship for advanced students
- 1 proof of achievement of successful participation in a seminar on experimental physics or theoretical physics
- 1 proof of achievement of successful participation in an exercise, a seminar or a

Internship for elective I or for material science-crystallographic specialization

(10) Laboratory internship / theoretical

The students in the 8th semester are given the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the working methods in the physical facilities of Faculty I of Mathematics and Natural Sciences under the guidance of a university professor and to participate in the processing of research tasks. The students are entitled to a certificate of achievements made in this regard; however, proof of performance in terms of the diploma examination regulations is not required and is therefore not a prerequisite for registering for the diploma examination.

(11) Diploma thesis:

3 months training period and 9 months processing time

§ 11 Other courses

(1) All students are strongly advised to take part in the Faculty's Physics Colloquium, and the diploma students, in consultation with their respective supervisors, to participate in the relevant research seminars and special colloquia.

(2) General studies

Participation in three courses from the respective offer of the Humboldt University is recommended, in particular participation in the history of physics lecture, if this is offered.

(3) Optional courses

Additional courses are held to supplement the compulsory and elective lectures. Participation is recommended to broaden and deepen your studies according to your own interests and career aspirations.

§ 12 examination subjects for the diploma examination

The subjects of the diploma examination are:

1. Experimental physics,
2. Theoretical physics,
3. Elective subject I and
4. Elective subject II,

or materials science-crystallographic subjects instead of the compulsory elective subjects I and II in the case of materials science-crystallographic specialization.

§ 13 Proof of achievement

[Evidence of achievement]

(1) The type, scope and guideline for the time required and the type of review of the performance to be provided for proof of performance will be announced by the organizer at the beginning of the respective course.

(2) The performance records required for the preliminary diploma examination in accordance with § 6 - 8 must be provided before the last subject examination of the preliminary diploma examination. The corresponding proof of performance for the diploma examination (see § 9 - § 12) must be submitted before the last of the two examinations: Theoretical Physics or Experimental Physics.

§ 14 Transitional Provisions

These study regulations apply to all students in the physics degree program who start their studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin after the regulations come into force. Students who are already enrolled at the time of entry into force have the right to continue and complete their studies in accordance with the regulations that were valid until then.

§ 15 Entry into force

These regulations come into force on the day after their publication in the official bulletin of the Humboldt University in Berlin.
(Appendix: Appendix to the study regulations)