Joint Physics-Chemistry Program (569) - Bachelor's Degree            
 
Experience in recent years and looking forward into the 21st century emphasize the important contribution by high-tech industries to the advancement and welfare of every country which had the wisdom to cultivate and promote such industries. On the personal plane it seems that a good education in science and technology is a verified means for the advancement of the individual, and it is reasonable to assume that such trends will strengthen in the future. Superior manpower which is capable of contending with rapidly changing professional challenges is the essential resource for advanced industries. The professional leaders of future industries, particularly in the nanoscience and nanotechnology fields that are developing at an increasing rate, are scientists with broad basic training in the exact sciences, who by nature of their training are suited for developments and changes in the course of their careers. Until recently, most scientists in industry and academia were university graduates who studied in “traditional” streams (such as Physics or Chemistry), or engineers in various fields. To better contend with both the new needs of industry and the significant rise in the scope of basic research in nanoscience (essentially multidisciplinary research), the Hebrew University launched a pioneering program to train scientists in an unusual way – a combined Physics-Chemistry program. This program emphasizes basic scientific principles and not necessarily traditional study fields, on the one hand, or “fashionable” subjects, on the other. Combined training in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics is especially suited to people who are destine to play key roles in the fields of advanced materials, microelectronics, electrooptics, and particularly nanoscience and nanotechnology.

The main innovation in the combined program Physics-Chemistry is the dual teaching program breadth of Physics and Chemistry on the BSc level, and it is characterized by a partial removal of the traditional barriers between different fields of study and a basic training of those who will be selecting the direction of basic science or applied science alike. The program provides a solid foundation for continuing studies for an MSc degree in the teaching programs of Physics (for those emphasizing Physics, see below), Chemistry (for those emphasizing Chemistry) or Applied Physics, and is especially suited for continuing studies for an MSc degree with specialization in nanoscience and nanotechnology. It is important to note that in the framework of the Chemistry and Physics teaching programs there are already special tracks for MSc in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology streams, and a similar track will be started in the Applied Physics teaching program also in the near future.

BSc studies extend over three years, while in the fourth semester students decide about the emphasis of their study program: Chemistry or Physics. The program’s students take all the basic courses studied for the Physics and Chemistry BSc at the same time, and their training includes a strong component in Mathematics.
Master’s courses in the faculty are given in Hebrew unless a foreign student who does not speak Hebrew is taking the course. In such a case the course will be given in English.

Department Officials

Head of Department

Prof. Daniel Strasser

Room 38,Los Angeles Building, tel. 02-6585466

 

Secretary for Studies

Keren Bachar

Room 306, Levy Building, tel. 02-6586588

kerenb@savion.huji.ac.il


Structure

Structure of BSc studies

(The details of credits may change from year to year)

 

 

Chemistry emphasis
(track 2081)

Physics emphasis
(track 2080)

Years 1,2
(track 2082)

 

28

10

31

Chemistry studies (compulsory)

4

22

36

Physics studies (compulsory)

0

0

28

Compulsory Mathematics studies

0

0

4

Compulsory Programming studies

-

-

11

Compulsory Physics emphasis studies

-

-

6

Compulsory Chemistry emphasis studies

10

5

 

Elective studies

42

37

Chemistry
 emphasis

105

Physics emphasis

110

Total credits

147

147

-

Total credits for the degree

 

 

Notes for the various study tracks

1.   BSc studies (tracks 2082, 2080, 2081)

a.   The first two years of study in this program are common to all the program’s students (track 2082), but toward the end of the second year students must select specialization field Chemistry (track 2081) or Physics (track 2080). In the higher years only some of the studies are common to all students and the rest are determined according to students’ field of specialization and interests. These conditions for completing the BSc degree apply also to students who do not choose or are not eligible to continue studying for the MSc degree in this program.

 

 

Compulsory
Compulsory in the teaching program
Compulsory
Compulsory Mathematics studies

Compulsory elective

Elective in the teaching program

Compulsory for Physics or Chemistry emphasis

Programming studies

Cornerstone Program

Total for the degree (maximum)
Combined program- Physics and Chemistry – BSc with course cluster in Physics track
(track 2080)
67281113244147
Combined program in Physics and Chemistry – BSc with course cluster in Chemistry track
(track 2081)
6728673144147
לקראת מוסמך
From 2010/2011 the combined program is for only the BSc degree, but it is possible to continue studying for an MSc in Physics, Chemistry and Applied Physics.