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BS in Physics in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Physics is a four-year program teaches students to understand and appreciate the natural world and aims to develop the quantitative analytical skills of the students. The program is designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to prepare them for further academic studies in various fields such as Physics, Astronomy, Engineering, Patent Law, Medical Physics, Medicine and Education. 


Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Physics are encouraged to take the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand under the Academic Track. The strand provides the basics of applied mathematics and sciences that will be useful in their college life.


Subjects and Curriculum

  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Physics Fundamentals
  • Experimental Methods in Physics
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Environmental Physics
  • Solid State Physics
  • Integrated Earth Science
  • Integrated Physics

Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of Physics are expected to be able to:

  • Articulate the latest developments in their specific field of practice
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing using both English and Filipino languages
  • Work effectively and independently in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams
  • Demonstrate professional, social, and ethical responsibility, especially in practicing intellectual property rights and sustainable development
  • Ability to apply principles of physics in practical problems
  • Able to use analytical skills in technological development

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in high technology companies,  government laboratories, or educational institutions.


Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.


Board Exam

The BS in Physics does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry. 


Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Physics may pursue a career path in high technology companies,  government laboratories, and educational institutions. They may apply as a quality assurance test engineer, environment supervisor, laboratory supervisor, laboratory assistant, high school physics teacher, research scientist, or a laboratory technician.

Reviews of BS in Physics graduates:

C. C.
◈ Studied BS Physics
◈ At University of San Carlos
◈ Graduated 2005

list bulletWhy did I choose Physics: I'm always fascinated with nature. Physics tells us the hows in most of the things around us. Never mind the why.

list bulletAbout my college education: The mathematics of Physics was difficult.
Discovering awesome things/phenomena in nature where you previously thought impossible or non existent, was enjoyable.

Traits and attitude of the students:
1) keep your curiosity
2) know by reading, listening or asking questions and then apply what you have learned

list bulletMy current job: I'm a test development engineer by profession. I develop methods to test the quality of products and make machines to test the products.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I used and applied most of what I learned in college, probably 70%, and rest are my soft skills that were sharpened during college days.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Right after graduation.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Physics: Employment opportunities - I recommend, we need more science oriented professionals in our country. Someone who knows the hows of things and can do things right. We need problem solvers and innovators.
Fulfilling/interesting career - Of course.
Salary level - 15,000 - 25,000 Php entry level.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Have fun!
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