Applied Physics Bachelor’s program

Half of the Applied Physics Bachelor’s program consists of major courses. These are courses that are specifically focused on Applied Physics. The remaining space will be filled with basic courses, a USE learning trajectory and free electives. This structure is the same for every Bachelor’s program at TU/e, because of the introduction of the Bachelor College.

Basic courses
In addition to the major, you will follow a number of basic courses, such as Calculus and Engineering Design, and work on your professional skills, such as collaboration and organization. These courses will provide you with the solid foundation you need as an engineer.

Free electives
A quarter of the Bachelor’s program consists of free elective space. Within this space, you can choose what courses you follow, in order to guide your education in a certain direction. You can choose to dive deeper into an aspect of Applied Physics, but you can also follow courses from other departments, in order to broaden your knowledge. A final option is to participate in one of the several group projects.

USE Learning trajectories
Finally, you will choose a so-called USE learning trajectory. USE stands for User, Society and Enterprise. The learning trajectory teaches you that technology will always have to function in a broader context. Engineers develop technology for users, to contribute to solutions for societal problems, and to create economic opportunities for companies, and therefore there are more aspects to take into account than just technology itself.

More about USE can be found here.

Detailed information
Would you like to know more about the courses in the Applied Physics program? Please check out the digital education guide.

Tip: the education guide can be opened from every page on the TU/e website: see the navigation bar on the top.

Teacher as a coach
Experienced teachers from the Applied Physics department will coach you from the start of your studies until the very end, and they will provide you with personal advice. This already starts with the application, when you can get in contact with someone from the department to figure out whether this is the right program for you. Furthermore, a coach will also guide you in choosing your courses in the free elective space, so that you can follow the courses that correspond to your interests and ambitions. Finally, there is also study counselor with which you can discuss problems that may arise during your studies. For example, it could happen that you find out that another major might be more suitable for you. In this case, you can discuss the possibilities of switching majors with the study counselor. 

Student as a mentor
During the first half year of your studies, you will also have a mentor. This is a student that has already been following the program for a couple of years, which will tell you all the basic things you need to know about the program and the university. This way, there is always someone that can help you with some practical matters.