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BSc in Physics
The BSc in Physics program provides students both depth and breadth in their study. Students who take this program can build up a solid background in physics. It prepares students for science-related careers, or for further studies in physics and related fields. Students will learn about exciting topics ranging from quantum computing, superconductivity and nanotechnology to quarks and black holes.

The program offers one track and three options:
  • International Research Enrichment Track (IRE Track) - This is an “elite program” in the School of Science to prepare outstanding students to pursue a career in research. Students in this track are guaranteed summer research internship opportunity in foreign universities or national laboratories, as well as exchange opportunity in a renowned foreign university.
  • Honors Physics Option - This option is intended for students planning to enter graduate school after their UG studies at HKUST. The curriculum provides a strong foundation of courses and requires students to complete a research project and thesis in their final year.
  • Physics and Mathematics Option - This option is intended for students with a strong interest in both physics and mathematics. It is particularly useful for students who plan to pursue future studies in theoretical physics.
  • Applied Physics Option - This option is intended for students who wish to pursue a career in industry. The curriculum includes courses on the more applied aspects of physics, such as optics and material science.

Major Requirements of BSc Physics


Additional Major and Minor in Physics

HKUST UG students whose first major are NOT in physics can choose to declare additional major in physics or minor in physics. 
Additional Major in Physics
To graduate with additional major in physics, students will need to complete courses under the School of Science requirements and the major requirements for BSc in physics. Read More.
Minor in Physics
Except for those studying the BSc program offered by the Physics Department, or the Mathematics and Physics Track of the BSc Mathematics program, any undergraduate student with a CGA of 1.85 or above may enroll in the Physics Minor Program. Read More.
Doouble Major in Physics & Computer Science
Qualified students have the option of declaring a double major in Physics and Computer Science (COSC). For more information about COSC, please see the COSC website. Students who want to pursue this double major should discuss with the Undergraduate Coordinator in the Department of Physics and the Coordinator of the COSC program in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering to determine their suitability and to develop an individualized study plan. Read More

Other Minor Programs offered by Physics Department 
This minor program includes new courses in the areas of particle physics, stellar astrophysics and big bang cosmology, most of which are taught by our faculties in the newly-formed Particle Theory and Cosmology group.
(Offered jointly with the Division of Life Science)