College of Science - Department of Physics
The Department of Physics was established in 1955. In 1974 a graduate program was created in order to offer highly qualified students with Master`s degrees in applied physics. Since then, both the faculty and their search fields have been extended, and a Ph.D. Program was initiated in 1992 to strengthen the research activity. Currently, the major research fields in the Department include condensed-matter physics,photonics and theoretical physics.
What physics is about?
Physics is mainly about exploring the mystery of how the universe was created, the rules of how materials are formed and about discovering the relationships among all kinds of natural forces such as sound, light, heat, force, electricity, magnetism, and gravity. In addition to the required core courses such as General Physics, Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Thermal Physics, Optics and Quantum Physics, undergraduate students of the department are required to choose between Physics Division and Optical & Materials Sciences as their concentration so that they will be specialized in promising areas.
Planning for successful career and future employment
- Advanced studies: 65% of our graduates pursued master or doctoral degrees in fields such as physics, applied physics, astronomy, optics, materials science, electronics and electrical engineering.
- Employment: In terms of employment, our graduates mostly ended up working in private or public sectors such as semiconductor or optoelectronics industries.
- Other career paths: Some of our graduates found jobs of their liking in areas such as academic research, computational physics, patent industry, new materials investigation in space technology, Biophysics, school teachers, etc.
There are more career opportunities for graduates of the physics department. You are welcome to find them out!
To honor both the university’s holistic approach towards education and its scholastic principle, as well as to meet the university’s goal, which strives to ensure that each and every student reaches their full potential given their differences in terms of talents, temperaments, skills, and backgrounds, our department is committed to the following objectives:
- To inspire our students to excel in both their knowledge of physics and their grasps of advanced innovation technologies, so as to ensure that our students are well equipped with both fundamental and professional trainings and meet the requirements for the country’s technological and economic developments.
- To help our students succeed in their academic or professional careers by providing solid training in fundamental physics and stimulating both their independent and creative thinking.
To do so, two sub-fields concentrating on physics and photoelectric material science, respectively, were set up under the undergraduate program in 2007. Students have been recruited accordingly. The curriculum is characterized by the following features:
- The sub-field concentrating on physics:
The focus is placed on fundamental physics.
- The sub-field concentrating on photoelectric material science:
In maintaining a balance between theory and experiment, the focus of this sub-field extends to providing a quality learning environment where both the theory and practice concerning photoelectric material technology are covered.
- The graduate program:
To maintain a balance between fundamental and applied research, the graduate program is not only devoted to the systematic research method, but also careful not to lose the balance between theory and experiment. Our research interests cover both fundamental physics and applied research. We aspire to establish ourselves as an internationally acclaimed institute where a wide range of research interests are supported.
Our teaching is noted for our dedication to achieve balance between theoretical training and experiments.
- Due to rapid development in natural sciences, the curricula, experiment laboratories and teaching facilities have been renewed and reinnovated several times over the years
- Since physics is a science based on solid experiments, the department places great emphasis on the teaching of experimental physics.
- In addition to offering traditional curricula in physics, the department also works according to the university`s policy to achieve the globalization of education. Examples of such efforts include the four-plus-one bachelor/master programs in cooperation with Drexel University of the United States and the exchange programs between Chung Yuan and Niigata University in Japan, which help to broaden our students` perspectives in academic studies.
- With a view to encouraging students of outstanding performance to advance to the stage of graduate studies earlier, we also follow the university`s policy to offer four-plus-one bachelor/master programs.
- In view of urging students to put their studies into practice earlier by working on research projects, the department established Chin-Sheng Ro Scholarship and has held research papers competitions in recent years as a platform for students to present and publish their research papers.
- To promote research incentives and broaden students` perspectives, well-known scholars in Taiwan or from overseas were invited to give seminar talks and share their research experiences in the department on weekly basis. Currently, the department`s faculty members direct their research efforts to three areas of studies -- theoretical physics, materials science, and optics. The teaching and research programs of these three areas support and accommodate with one another perfectly well. To keep abreast with the current trends in scientific development locally and globally and to take advantage of our superb faculty, facilities, and programs, the department concentrates our research and education efforts on two tracks: Traditional Physics and Optical & Materials Sciences.
Enriched education programs
From 2006 onward, our undergraduate students are required to be enrolled into one of the following two tracks: Physics Division and Optical & Materials Sciences. The new programs define clearer paths for them upon graduation in terms of their discipline and specialty. Graduates from the Physics Division are expected to have more solid training in computational physics than the traditional physics track. They will be better equipped to meet the demand of experts in computation and analysis in both areas of academic studies and R&D in industry sector. Students of the Optical & Materials Sciences are expected to be specialized in optics and materials science and better trained in experimental physics. The training will be beneficial to their future career development.
The majority of our current full-time faculty members earned their doctoral degrees from either local or international well-known universities. The department also hires many talented experts and scholars with outstanding research and industry experiences to be our part-time teachers. Top notch research talents: Because of their outstanding research performances, many teachers in the department have been honored with Outstanding Research Awards from both the National Science Council and our university. Professional teaching and student counselling:
A number of teachers in the department have been awarded with the Award of Teaching Excellence and the Award of Excellent Student Advisors from both the university and the College of Science. Our teachers are noted for their professional excellence as well as their accessibility. Spacious facilities and state-of-the-art equipment
Teaching Laboratories: At the present time, the physics laboratories in the department include General Physics Laboratory, Electromagnetics Laboratory, Thermal Laboratory, Optics Laboratory, Quantum Physics Laboratory, and those for special programs, such as Optoelectronics Laboratory, Materials Laboratory, Laboratory of Computational Physics and Electronics Laboratory. The area allotted for laboratories is about 152 square feet in total. Research labs for special projects: There are in total 14 laboratories set up for special programs:
|Lab Advisors||Name of the Lab||Location|
|Ming Chang Huang, Ding Wei Huang, Hsiang Chi Tseng, Kwei-Chou Yang, Chih-Lung Chou, Li-Yi Hsu, Chun-Khiang Chua, Chung-Wen Kao||Theoretical Physics Lab||Science 316|
|Kuan Cheng Chiu||Crystal Growth Lab||College of Science 102|
|Jyh-Shyang Wang||Molecular Beam Epitaxy Lab||College of Science 104|
|Tzay Shing Andrew Lai||Nano Materials Lab||College of Science 107|
|Yuan-Liang Zhong||Nanoscience and Mesoscopic Physics||College of Science 112|
|Jy-Shan Hsu||Scientific Information Display Lab||College of Science 102|
|Chun-Chuen Yang||Nanoscience and Magnetics Lab||College of Science 104|
|Chwen Shell Ho||Optoelectronics Lab||Science 105|
|Shon-Fu Chen||Optical Computing Lab||Science 106|
|Ji Lin Shen||Optoelectronics and Semiconductor Lab||Science 204|
|Wei Bruce Lee||Liquid Crystal Display Lab||Science 206|
|I-Jen Hsu||Biomedical Photonics Lab||Science 308|
|Chang Cheng Yu||Optronic Films Lab||Science 410|
|Ching-Ling Hsu||Condensed Matter Physics Lab||Science 415|
Our future developments include: A. Boosting the students’ competitive edge by combining fundamental and professional trainings in the curriculum. Preparing our students for the country’s future technological and economic developments by equipping them with solid knowledge of physics as well as advanced innovation technologies.
B. Maintaining a balance between theory and experiment in terms of curriculum design and faculty recruitment. Strengthening collaboration and mutual support between teaching and research.
C. Availing ourselves of the school’s quality digital learning system, i-Learning, when designing the curriculum. By doing so, it is hoped that we further improve the efficiency and effectiveness in terms of teaching and learning by allowing students to fully access course information and related resources, benefiting from the web-based learning platform.
D. Further promoting mentorship in accordance with the school’s holistic approach towards education. Currently, each class of undergraduate students in the department is assigned two mentors whereas each graduate student is expected to be mentored by his/her advisor. The majority of the department’s full-time faculty members are engaged in mentorship. Mentors are entrusted with the duty to assist students with course selection. In addition, mentors are expected to meet with mentees more than three times every semester, making sure that students’ learning and living experiences are assessed and guided on the regular basis.
E. Strengthening academic research while making vigorous efforts in students’ professional training at the same time.
The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Physics are 128 credits or more in courses including the required and the elective ones listed in sections IV. A minimum of 50% is the passing grade for all undergraduate students.
We have two undergraduate programs. One is for physics and another one is for photonics and material science. The core abilities of the two programs are list as follows:
(A) Physics Program:
(B) Program of Photonics and material science:
Our graduate school owns two programs: master program and Ph.D program. Graduate students are expected to join the research teams in theory or in experiment, to complete their own research under the instruction of our faculty members. There are 25 full-time faculty members in our department, including 11 theorists and 14 experimentalists. The theoretical research fields include particle physics, nuclear physics, condensed matter physics, Biophysics and statistical physics. We also have ten research laboratories including Magnetic and Nanophysics Lab, condensed matter physics Lab, Optoelectronic Materials and Devise Lab, Biophotonics Lab, Information Display Lab, Molecular Beam Epitaxy Laboratory, Optoelectronic Semiconductor Lab, Nanophotonics Lab, Crystal Growth Laboratory and Nanodevise and mesonic physics Lab. Most of our research are funded by National Science Council. In the review made by “Taiwan Higher Education Evaluation Center” on the statistics of Impact factor of journal articles, our department is the only physics department of private university in the top ten. The details of two programs are given as follows:
(I) Master Program:
The entrance exams for the master program are held in November and March. The November one is for recommended students and the March one is for ordinary students. Everyone with the bachelor degree of related field is qualified to apply. The applicants are required to take oral exams conducted by the faculty members of department of physics.
A master thesis is required for the master program. Besides the master thesis, at least 30 credits are required to obtain the master degree. Among them 4 semesters of seminar (4 credits) are mandatory and remain credits are open for students to choose. Our program of master provides a wide range of courses, both in theory and experiment. They include semiconductor physics, modern technology in photonics, solid physics, physics of liquid crystals, electrodynamics, quantum mechanics, Biomedical photonics semiconductor optics and so on. The advisor of each master student will provide necessary guide of taking courses. We hope our master students to optimize his time to learn and develop his own ability as independent researchers under the instruction of their advisors. They have to learn how to solve concrete problems with the skill they have learned in class and to work in a team in laboratory, communicate with his collaborators and present their research results in public.
If a student fulfills the requirement of graduation within 3 semesters, it is allowed to waive the fourth semester of seminar. The master program requires a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 4 years to complete.
We also provide four-plus-one one program for excellent undergraduate students of our own department. This program allows them to obtain the master degree within 1 year after they obtain their bachelor degrees.
(II) Doctoral Program:
Three are three ways to enter our PhD program. The first one is by recommendation; the second one is by exam. The third one is for our own master student of the first year to apply to enter our Ph.D program. The students taking the first and second ways are required to take the oral exam. The exam date is the same with the oral exams for the master program. The third way of entering Ph.D program needs to be endorsed by our committee of admission and approved by our department meeting.
Every student in this program is required to pass the Ph.D qualifier within four semesters after he/she enters this program. The subjects of the qualifier are three courses chosen from all courses provided by our graduate school, including both of master and P.D programs. (the colloquium and the seminar are excluded). Students can take exams on three courses at most in his first try. The second and the third time they have to take the ones they have failed last time and cannot change the subjects.
A Ph.D Student is allowed to apply to waive the requirement of the qualifier based on the following conditions: (1) he/she has taken and passed the same course of his/her qualifier and his/her score is ranked in the top 30% ,or (2) as the first author of an article in a SCI journal. He/she can waive one course at one time.
The Ph.D qualifier is a written exam and the questions of the qualifier are determined by a committee consisted of our faculty members. There are two members for each course. This committee is chaired by our chairperson of our graduate school.
There is a very generous fellowship named after former colleague late-Prof Wang, Chih-Chung. Any Ph.D student is qualifier to apply this fellowship. Master students with excellent academic performance are also encouraged to apply it.
We are proud of our rigorous training and outstanding qualities of our researches. Many of our Alumni have very successful in academics and in industries. The statistics has showed the average salary of our alumni is as good as the ones of other public universities. We look forward more international students to join our research and become part of our legend.