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BSc Physics

The Department of Physics offers courses for the undergraduate degree programmes.  The programmes are designed to cover both theoretical and experimental Physics through lectures, tutorials, and laboratory experiments.  The courses have been appropriately chosen to allow for sufficientg flexibility to permit and encourage students to acquire relevant knowledge and skills for application in a variety of scientific and technological establishments.Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of Physics is to train and produce graduates with an in-depth knowledge in both the practical and research aspects of Physics.  The teaching and research programmes are designed to equip the students and staff with skills suitable for application in the wider job market as well as for sustainable exploitation of the vast natural resource potential for national development.

The objectives of programme are to establish:
  • a firm foundation for the scientific and technological¬† needs and aspirations of Kenya;
  • a capacity for postgraduate studies and research
  • an appropriate potential for sustainable scientific and technological development.

    Undergraduate programmes

    Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

    Key: C=Core; E=Elective

    Year I   
    Semester Code Title Units
    SPH 101 Mechanics 1C
    SPH 103 Optics 1C
    II  SPH 102 Electricity & Magnetism I 1C
    SPH 103 Optics 1C
     Year II
    Semester Code Title Units
     I   SPH 201  Dynamics  1C
    SPH202  Electricity & Magnetism II  1C
    SPH103  Mathematical Methods for Physics I  1E
     II   SPH204  Oscillation & Waves  1C
    SPH206  Empirical Ideas of Quantum Physics and Relativity  1C
    SPH 205  Mathmatical Methods for Physics II  1E
     Year III
    Semester Code Title Units
     I        SPH 303  Quantum Mechanics I  1C
    SPH 313  Classical Mechanics  1C
    SPH 304  Physics of the Environment & Energy Sources  1E
    SPH 305  Structure & Properties of Matter I  1E
    SPH 306  Atomic Physics  1E
    SPH 307  Introduction to Electronics  1E
    SPH 308 Mathematical Methods for Physics III  1E
    SPH 309 Wave Theory  1E
      II         SPH 301  Introduction to Solid State Physics  1C
    SPH 302  Thermodynamics  1C
    SPH 310  Structure and Properties of Matter II  1E
    SPH 311  Introductory Geophysics  1E
    SPH 312  A.C. Circuit Theory  1E
    SPH 314  Digital Electronics I  1E
    SPH 315  Introduction to Space Physics  1E
     SPH 316  Radio Physics I  1E
     SPH 317  Classical Optics  1E
     Year IV
     Semester  Code  Title Units
     I         SPH 401  Solid State Physics  1C
    SPH 410 Electrodynamics  1C
    SPH 405 Physics of Materials  1E
    SPH 406 Digital Electronics I  1E
    SPH 407  Applied Geophysics  1E
    SPH 408  Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy  1E
    SPH 409  Nuclear Physics  1E
    SPH 411  Project  1E
    SPH 417  Optics of Microscopic Media  1E
     II SPH 402 Statistical Mechanics  1C
    SPH 403  Quantum Mechanics II  1C
    SPH 404  Principles of Energy Conversion, Storage & Transport  1E
    SPH 412 Aeronomy & Paleomagnetism  1E
    SPH 413  Polymer Physics  1E
    SPH 414  Elementary Particle Physics  1E
    SPH 415  Microprocessor Systems  1E
    SPH 418  Introduction to General Relativity  1E
    SPH 419  Telecomunication Systems  1E
    SPH 420  Radio Physics II  1E
    SPH 421  Plasma Physics  1E
    SPH 422  Basic Quantum Optics  1E

    Admission Requirements
    Candidates who wish to register for courses in the programme must:

    1. Satisfy the University and Faculty of Science admission requirements
    2. Have a minimum mean grade of C in both Physics/Physical Sciences and Mathematics at KCE or its equivalent.

    Duration of the Programme:

    The duration of the programme shall normally be four academic years.

    Degree Structure

    The course are offered in units, in which a course unit is defined as a one-hour lecture, two-hour tutorial or three-hour practical session per week per semester.
    Students will normally be expected to follow a 3:3:2: degrees.
    Students may, at the discretion of the department, follow a 3:3:2:1 or 3:3:1:1 degree structure as defined by Faculty of Science regulations.
    In the first year of study, a candidate shall take 12 units.
    In the second year of study, a candidate shall take a minimum of 12 units.
    In the third and fourth years of study, a candidate shall in each year take Physics courses following one of the three categories given below:

    Major in Physics: a minimum of 30 units
    Regular in Physics: a minimum of 21 units.
    Minor in Physics: a minimum of 42 units
    Specialisation in Physics: minimum of 42 units

    BSc Physics

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