BS Physics

Overview

Physics continues to address problems on the frontiers of human knowledge from fundamental particles and string theory to condensed matter physics and superconductivity, to optics and lasers, to cosmology and the shape of the universe as a whole. The answers to these problems have the potential to profoundly change our understanding of the universe as well as how we live in the future and are within the scope of the Physics programme at the SSE.

The undergraduate programme in Physics provides foundational education in the areas of Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics, Solid State Physics, General Relativity, Cosmology and Atomic Physics. In addition, the programme gives students exposure to modern experimental techniques through project oriented laboratory courses. It will give students an opportunity to contribute in cutting edge research. The undergraduate Physics programme prepares students for professional careers in industry and research institutes. It also provides the solid foundation necessary for further study in graduate schools leading to careers in research and/or teaching. Faculty at the LUMS SSE is active in the following research areas: Spin Physics, NMR, Optics, High Energy Physics, String Theory, Supergravity and Black Hole Physics.

* The medium of instruction at LUMS is English for all degree programmes offered. Assessments are accepted in English only.

Structure

Requirements

     
Graduation Requirement   131 Credit Hours
University Core   8 Credit Hours (3 Courses)
University Distribution Out Group 9-12 Credit Hours (3 Courses)
SBASSE Cores   34 Credit Hours (13 Courses)
Major Requirement Major Cores
Major Electives
Total
43 Credit Hours
15 Credit Hours
58 Credit Hours
Free Electives*   19 Credit Hours

Freshman

Fall Cr    Spring Cr    
Principles of Chemistry 3 Biology Laboratory 1
Mechanics 4 Introductory Biology 3
Calculus I 3 Experimental Chemistry   1
Computational Problem Solving 3 Modern Physics 4
Engineering Laboratory**   1 Linear Algebra with Differential Equations 3
University Distribution(100 level course)** 3-4 Writing and Communication 4
Total 17-18 Total 16

Sophomore

Fall Cr   Spring Cr  
Electricity and Magnetism 3 Mathematical Methods in Physics I 3
Calculus II 3 Quantum Mechanics I 3
Experimental Physics Laboratory I 2 Waves and Optics 3
Pakistan Studies/Islamic Studies 2+2 Probability 3
University Distribution 3-4 SBASSE Elective*** 3
Total 15-16 Total 15

Junior

Fall Cr   Spring Cr  
Experimental Physics lab II 3 Classical Mechanics 3
Quantum Mechanics II 3 Condensed Matter Physics (a) 3
Statistical Mechanics 4 Electromagnetic Fields and Waves 3
Atomic Molecular and Laser Physics (a) 3 Major Elective 3
University Distribution 3-4 Free Elective 3-4
Total 16-17 Total 15-16

Senior

Fall Cr   Spring Cr  
Senior Year Project I 3 Senior year project II 3
General Relativity (b) 3 Nuclear and Particle Physics (b) 3
Major Elective 3 Free Elective 3
Major Elective 3 Free Elective 3-4
Free Elective 3 Free Elective 4
Free Elective 3    
Total 18 Total 16-17

Notes:

*Credit Hours taken towards free electives will vary according to the number of Credit hours taken for the University Distribution (Out group).

**For BS 2016, both courses can be taken at a later stage if not taken in Fall of freshman year.

*** The SBASSE Elective requirement is one course of 3 credits to be taken outside the major, but within SBASSE, in sophomore year or beyond.

Students are required to take at least one course (marked a) out of PHY 331 or PHY 332, and one course (marked b) out of PHY 441, PHY 451 and PHY 442. These two courses will count as part of the major core. Any additional ones taken from (a) or (b) will count as major electives.

Important Dates

Undergraduate Programmes - (SDSB / MGSHSS / SBASSE / SAHSOL)

ActivityDate
Deadline to take SAT (First Round Offers)
02 Dec 2017
Online Application Deadline (PST)
16 Jan 2018
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents
17 Jan 2018
SBASSE Subject Test administration
11 Feb 2018
Deadline to take SAT (Second Round Offers)
10 Mar 2018
Admission decisions
01 Apr 2018 to 30 Jun 2018
Notes: 

The University reserves the right to change dates and deadlines for admissions. Please keep informed of any changes by visiting www.lums.edu.pk periodically as well as the LUMS online application site.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Fall 2018 Admissions
(Classes Commencing August 2018)

 

Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria in order to be considered for admission to the Undergraduate Programme. Meeting this criteria does not guarantee admission to the Undergraduate programme.

Students are selected for admission to LUMS Undergraduate Programmes based on the following factors:

  1. Academic Background
  2. Performance in the Admission Test
  3. Submission of a completed application form and supporting documents
  4. Interview (if called)

Admission in a specific school is based on merit and the availability of seats. 

 

 

Academic Requirements for Fall 2018 Admissions
(Classes Commencing August 2018)

The University is keen to attract students who are not only academically competent but also have the potential to contribute to the learning environment of LUMS.

Following are the minimum academic requirements for applicants applying to the Undergraduate Programme:

Applicants who have successfully completed FSc/ICS/ A’ Levels/High School Diploma or International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB) are eligible to apply for admission if they fulfill one of the following academic qualifications:

  • Successful completion of Matric (70% marks or above) and FSc/ICS (70% marks or above)
  • O’ Levels results (in at least 8* subjects) with an average grade of at least ‘B’ in all subjects attempted; and A’ Levels in at least 3 principal subjects1 with at least 2 Bs and 1 C grade. The principal subjects for SBASSE are Biology, Chemistry, Computing/Computer Science, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics. (Any deviations from this list would be examined on a case to case basis and the decision of the Admissions Committee would be final). No credit will be given for Advanced Subsidiary and General Paper.
  • American High School Diploma (HSD) 70% or above/Grade point average of B or above
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) at least 28 out of 45 points
  • Combination of the above
  • Any other equivalent qualification (minimum acceptable scores will be determined by the Admissions Committee)

If shortlisted for admission, applicants will be given a conditional offer. To join LUMS in Fall, applicants must subsequently meet all the stipulated conditions specified by the Admissions Committee by August 2018.

Note:

Candidates who have already completed their A' Levels (have taken the exam of minimum three A’ level principal subjects) and do not meet the minimum grades requirement (specified in subsection 1) must improve their grades in order to be eligible for admission. A' Levels Exams are held in November and June. To be eligible for the admission in Fall 2018, applicants must improve their A' Level grades in November 20172. Applicants planning to improve their grades by taking June 2018 exams are not eligible for the Fall 2018 session.

Applicants admitted to LUMS and subsequently require HEC attestation of their UG degree must meet the conditions stipulated by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan to get their Undergraduate degree attested. Details are available at the following link: 

http://hec.gov.pk/english/services/students/Degree%20Attestation%20System/Pages/Degree-Attestation.aspx

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1 Principal subjects (Full credit courses. Details can be checked with the British Council)

2 Applicants taking their A’ levels or AS level exam in November 2017 are required to submit the final result within three days of its announcement; however, they must provide this information through online application form and by submitting a copy of the “Statement of entry “along with all other supporting documents.

* Minimum subjects requirement for O’levels may vary regionally and can be checked by visiting the following link:  http://www.ibcc.edu.pk/equivalence.php.

 

Applicants who have not taken the final exams of their FSc/ICS/A’ Levels (in three principal subjects1)/High School Diploma or International Baccalaureate (IB) as yet and are expecting their final results by August 2018 are eligible to apply for admission if they fulfill one of the following academic qualifications:

  • Successful completion of Matric (with at least 70% marks) and FSc/ICS (first year) (70% marks or above)
  • O’ Levels results (in at least 8* subjects) with an average grade of at least ‘B’ in all subjects attempted;
  • American High School Diploma (HSD) (first year) (70% or above/Grade point average of B or above)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) (first year) at least 28 out of 45 points
  • Combination of the above
  • Any other equivalent qualification (minimum acceptable scores will be determined by the Admissions Committee)

If shortlisted for admission, applicants will be given a conditional offer. To join LUMS in Fall, along with other requirements specified by the Admissions Committee; applicants must subsequently meet one of the following academic conditions by August 2018:

  • Successful completion of FSc/ICS (70% marks or above).
  • A’ Levels in at least 3 principal subjects1 with at least 2 Bs and 1 C grade. The principal subjects for SBASSE are Biology, Chemistry, Computing/Computer Science, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics. No credit will be given for Advanced Subsidiary and General Paper.
  • American High School Diploma (minimum required grades for the 12th Grade HSD will be decided by the Admissions Committee)
  • International Baccalaureate at least 28 out of 45 points

Applicants admitted to LUMS and subsequently require HEC attestation of their UG degree must meet the conditions stipulated by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan to get their Undergraduate degree attested. Details are available at the following link: 

http://hec.gov.pk/english/services/students/Degree%20Attestation%20System/Pages/Degree-Attestation.aspx

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1 Principal subjects (Full credit courses. Details can be checked with the British Council)

* Minimum subjects requirement for O’levels may vary regionally and can be checked by visiting the following link:  http://www.ibcc.edu.pk/equivalence.php.

Students may apply for admission to multiple schools through a single application. Applicants are required to mention their major preference(s) for BS Programme of SBASSE & BA/BSc.(Honours) Programme of MGSHSS & SDSB through the LUMS Online Admission Application form.

Students are admitted to a specific school from the beginning of the programme and are not assigned a major at the time of admission except those admitted to the BA-LL.B Programme in SAHSOL. Admission in a specific school is based on merit and the availability of seats.

Allocation of a preferred major cannot be guaranteed at the time of admission. Allocation of a major will be done according to the school’s policy and mainly determined by the students’ preference(s), their academic performance at LUMS and, in the case of MGSHSS, the capacity constraint in the subject area.

Students may request for a change in their programme/school at the end of first year at LUMS subject to academic performance and availability of space. However, such requests will be considered on a case to case basis by the concerned department.

Students interested in the Undergraduate Programme of SBASSE in Electrical Engineering and Chemical Enginneerng are required to have taken Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry in FSc/A’ levels.

 


  • Applicants who are admitted to, and join the LUMS UG programme having an assessed high need of financial assistance will be considered for the refund of paid SAT registration fee of one attempt.
  • Application processing fee waiver is available for applicants with high financial need. Decision to grant a fee waiver will be taken after evaluation.

Admission Test Requirement for Fall 2018 Admissions

Local applicants:

Applicants residing in Pakistan applying to the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE) undergraduate programmes are required to take the following two (2) Admission tests in order to be considered for Fall 2018 admission.

  1. New SAT (with Essay); and
  2. LUMS SBASSE Subject Test

The deadline to take SAT (with Essay) for Fall 2018 is March 10, 2018. SAT Registration can be done online through the following link: https://www.collegeboard.org

  • Applicants taking SAT (with Essay) on or before December 2, 2017 and not planning to retake it in March 2018 will be considered for the First Round Offers.
  • Applicants planning to take SAT (with Essay) on March 10, 2018 will be considered for the Second Round Offers.

LUMS SBASSE Subject Test
In addition to New SAT (with Essay), subject knowledge in the area of Biology, Physics, Advanced Mathematics & Chemistry will also be evaluated through this test. Questions are designed to explore knowledge and skills acquired over a period of time. The test is designed to compare candidates with different academic backgrounds.

Difficulty Level: Admission Test is designed to determine the intellectual abilities of test takers. Questions will be at a difficulty level appropriate for students in the final year of A’ Levels/FSc./IB/HSD. They are typically Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), similar to the pattern used in SAT. LUMS SBASSE Subject Test is approximately two (2) hours long. Calculators are not allowed during Admission Test.

LUMS reserves the right to use any test pattern that best meets its admission’s objectives. Instead of preparing for the test, we recommend getting a deep knowledge of fundamental principles and focusing on a good understanding of your school subjects.

The SBASSE Subject Test Registration can be done through the LUMS online application system at: http://admissions.lums.edu.pk on or before January 16, 2018, 5:00 pm (Pakistan Standard Time).

Note: The SBASSE Admission Test for admission to the Fall 2018 semester will be held ONLY ONCE on February 11, 2018.

Overseas Applicants:

Applicants residing outside Pakistan and currently studying or having completed their last year of schooling abroad are required to submit official results of the New SAT (with Essay) and at least 3 of the 4 SAT subject tests listed below:

  • Biology-M
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics II-C
  • Physics

Deadline to take SAT (with Essay) and SAT Subject Tests is March 10, 2018. SAT Registration can be done online through the following link: https://www.collegeboard.org

  • Applicants taking SAT (with Essay) and/or SAT Subject Tests on or before December 2, 2017 and not planning to retake it in March 2018 will be considered for the First Round Offers.
  • Applicants planning to take SAT (with Essay) and/or SAT Subject Tests on March 10, 2018 will be considered for the Second Round Offers.

Note:

  • The Essay component of the New SAT is mandatory for all UG applicants for Fall 2018 admissions. SAT taken without Essay will not be considered for evaluation.
  • Official test scores of all applicants must be received by LUMS Admissions Office directly from the testing agency i.e. Educational Testing Service (ETS), USA. Applicants must request ETS to send a direct report to LUMS. The College code for reporting SAT scores to LUMS is 0513.
  • SAT and/or SAT Subject Tests scores before March 2016 will not be considered for Fall 2018 admissions.
  • SAT (with Essay) and SAT Subject Tests taken after March 2018 will not be considered valid for Fall 2018 admissions.

Applicants who join the LUMS UG Programme and have an assessed high financial need will have their SAT registration fee refunded for one test attempt.

  1. LUMS will only accept scores of the New SAT for the Undergraduate admissions of Fall 2018.

  2. SAT Subject test(s) taken more than two years before the admission deadline will not be considered valid.

  3. While registering for SAT, applicants must use the same name which is mentioned on the LUMS Admission application and other academic credentials. Using a different name may prevent your scores from matching the rest of your application in our database.

  4. Applicants are required to report test scores of all attempts to the University by submitting a copy of score report(s). Best score of a single attempt will be considered for application evaluation.

 


Supporting Documents Requirement for Fall 2018 Admissions

  • Applicants must submit complete online application form on or before January 16, 2018 5:00 pm (Pakistan Standard Time).
  • The deadline to submit all supporting documents along with the proof of payment of Admission Application Processing Fee in ONE Package is January 17, 2018

Application Processing and LUMS Test Registration Fee (if applicable)

  • The application processing fee is Rs. 5,000.
  • The LUMS SBASSE subject Test Registration Fee is: Rs. 1900 (if applicable)

Payment Procedure

After the successful submission of the online application form through the LUMS Online account on or before the application submission deadline, applicants will be able to print a system generated Application Processing Fee payment voucher. The Processing Fee voucher will be generated on the next day of Application Submission. For further details regarding Fee payment options, Click here

Proof of Payment

A stamped copy of the payment voucher or a confirmation email of an online banking transaction constitutes proof of payment. Applicants are required to send a copy of payment proof along with all other required supporting documents in ONE package on or before the stipulated deadline.

Applicants must print and paste the “Mailing label” on the envelope before sending it to the LUMS Office of Admissions. Applications or documents received after the stipulated deadline will not be processed.

 

A merit ranking for interview short listing is established on academic performance and SAT scores of the candidates. Only short-listed candidates are called for interviews.

 

FAQs

Admission to the LUMS Undergraduate Programme is highly competitive and the University is able to offer admission to only a small fraction of applicants.

For the programmes offered by the MGSHSS/SDSB/SBASSE/SAHSOL, submit an online admission application through the following link: https://admissions.lums.edu.pk

Applicants with diploma may apply if they have secured minimum 70% marks or above, however, they are required to submit equivalence certificate issued by the IBCC, Pakistan.

Yes, LUMS does accept transfers from universities in Pakistan and abroad recognized by HEC, Pakistan.

For details on transfer you may contact Admission Office or visit the link https://admission.lums.edu.pk/transfer

No. Attending the first semester at LUMS is compulsory and deferment is not an option for undergraduates.

All admission decisions taken by the University are final. During admission evaluation process, some applicants are admitted, some are placed on a waiting list and the remaining applicants are denied admission. Acceptances are offered on a rolling basis between April to July. For this reason, your admission decision may arrive at a different time from a friend or classmate.

No, by default the LUMS online application system allows you to apply for the SDSB, MGSHSS, SBASSE and SAHSOL simultaneously.

Yes, by default the LUMS online application system allows you to simultaneously apply for the SDSB, MGSHSS, SBASSE and SAHSOL.

Applicants can mention their major preference(s) for BS Programme of SBASSE, BA/BSc. (Honours) Programme of SDSB, MGSHSS and BA-LL.B of SAHSOL through the online admission application form.

Applications are evaluated according to the preferences mentioned by applicants in this section. Based on the evaluation of each school, applicants are offered the highest preference they qualify for. This means that if an applicant qualifies for more than one school, one is sent an offer from the school of his highest qualified preference. Therefore, it is highly suggested to select school preferences very carefully.

Yes, an applicant can apply for admission if (s)he has appeared in retakes of November 2017, for the application of year 2018.

Applicants appearing for the November 2017 retakes must check the result awaiting option in the online application. Applicants must inform Admission Office, the estimated time period in which the result of any retake exam will be announced.

You should recheck the completion and proper submission of your application form.

Candidates who have either completed or are in the last year of completion of their education which does not lead to Matric/FA/ICS/ICOM/FSc. will be required to get an equivalence certificate from the Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC), Islamabad, Pakistan. For further information please contact:

The Chairman
IBCC
FBISE Building, H-8/4
Islamabad.
http://www.ibcc.edu.pk

Applicants must provide attested copies of original documents issued officially. Attestation of these documents is mandatory by concerned authority (School/College).

Documents sent to the Admissions Office cannot be returned as they are for administrative purposes. Please make sure to keep a copy for your own use before sending the documents to our office.

Yes, academic records from international universities if not in English must be accompanied by an official English translation along with other supporting documents

Minimum two Teacher Evaluations are required.

The recommendation form(s) should be from teacher(s) of your last institute. Recommendations from school/ college counselor(s) are not acceptable.

No. Admissions to LUMS takes place once a year and freshmen are admitted to the Fall semester only.

No, after the application submission, the application fee becomes non- refundable.

Since the number of students who accept our first round of admission offers varies each year, a small number of applicants stay on our wait list and in case space becomes available after the first round, students on the wait list are offered a place in the second round.

The number of candidates placed on the waitlist fluctuates from year to year, depending on the size and quality of the applicant pool.

The New Redesigned SAT Reasoning Test (SAT I) is mandatory for all applicants applying to the Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB), Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities & Social Sciences (MGSHSS), Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law (SAHSOL). The Essay component of the New Redesigned SAT will be required for the Fall 2018 applications. SAT I Registration can be done online through the following link: https://www.collegeboard.org.

Local applicants applying to the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE) are required to take the following two admissions tests in order to be considered for admission:

  1. New Redesigned SAT Reasoning Test (SAT I); and
  2. LUMS SBASSE Subject Test;

The SBASSE Admission Test for admission to the Fall 2018 semester will be held ONLY ONCE on February 11, 2018.

The deadline to take New Redesigned SAT I for Fall 2017 is March 10, 2018.

Applicants residing outside Pakistan and currently studying or having completed their last year of schooling abroad are required to submit official results of the New Redesigned SAT Reasoning Test  (SAT I) and at least 3 of the 4 SAT II subjects listed below:

  • Biology-M
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics II-C
  • Physics

Applicants residing outside Pakistan and currently studying or having completed their last year of schooling abroad need to take all required SAT tests through College Board, USA latest by March 10, 2018 in order to be considered for admission. SAT scores must be reported to LUMS officially from the testing agency. The college code for reporting SAT scores to LUMS is 0513.

Applicants taking the SBASSE Admission test and also have taken (or are planning to take) the new SAT I and/or SAT II subject tests are encouraged to submit a copy of their SAT score reports as part of their admission application. The copy of the scores should be sent along with all other supporting documents OR reported directly from the College Board.

SAT Registration can be done online through the following link: https://www.collegeboard.org

Note: The Essay component of the New Redesigned SAT will be required for the Fall 2018 applications.

 

If you have not received SAT score report as yet then submit a printed copy of your online test scores.

Applicants are required to report test scores of all attempts to the University by submitting a copy of score report(s). Best score of a single attempt will be considered for application evaluation.

Application submission deadline for all UG applicants for the admission of Fall 2018 is January 16, 2018 5:00 pm (Pakistan Standard time).

No, there is no minimum score required for SAT I/SAT II.

Best score of a single attempt will be considered for application evaluation.

In addition to New SAT (with Essay), subject knowledge in the area of Biology, Physics, Advanced Mathematics & Chemistry will also be evaluated through this test. Questions are designed to explore knowledge and skills acquired over a period of time. The test is designed to compare candidates with different academic backgrounds.
Difficulty Level: Admission Test is designed to determine the intellectual abilities of test takers. Questions will be at a difficulty level appropriate for students in the final year of A’ Levels/FSc./IB/HSD. They are typically Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), similar to the pattern used in SAT. LUMS SBASSE Subject Test is approximately two (2) hours long. Calculators are not allowed during Admission Test.
LUMS reserves the right to use any test pattern that best meets its admission’s objectives. Instead of preparing for the test, we recommend getting a deep knowledge of fundamental principles and focusing on a good understanding of your school subjects.
The SBASSE Subject Test Registration can be done through the LUMS online application system at: http://admissions.lums.edu.pk on or before January 16, 2018, 5:00 pm (Pakistan Standard Time).
Note: The SBASSE Admission Test for admission to the Fall 2018 semester will be held ONLY ONCE on February 11, 2018.

After the successful submission of the online application form through the LUMS Online account on or before the application submission deadline, applicants will be able to print a system generated Application Processing and LUMS Test Registration (if applicable) Fee payment voucher. For further details regarding Fee payment options Click here

In cash, the next day by presenting the payment voucher along with the requisite amount at any Allied Bank branch throughout Pakistan.

Test Registration Cards will not be mailed. Test cards will be available within the application in printable form starting February 02, 2018.

Test cards will be available within the application in printable form starting February 02, 2018. If any applicant is unable to view his/her Test Registration Card despite completing all the requirements then he/she can write to us at helpdeskao@lums.edu.pk

No. LUMS does not accept results of the ACT.

Test Centre can only be changed in special circumstances (provided a reason) and the applicant must inform the Admission Office latest by January 23, 2018. No request later than the specified date will be entertained.

Applications submitted after the deadlines are not accepted.

It is highly recommended to fill out the application form carefully. Changes cannot be made after the submission of online application. In sheer need an applicant can send the updated information to helpdeskao@lums.edu.pk with the specific header "Change in Application Form".

The admission process is a well deliberated and thorough process. Each year we receive a large number of outstanding applications. Unfortunately, all of them do not qualify because of the limited number of available seats. The decision regarding admission is final.

If your application is unsuccessful you will also receive a letter informing you of this. Due to the volume of applications the University receive, it is not possible to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

A mailing label has especially been designed for your convenience as it bears not only your name, tracking/application ID, schools applied to but also a complete address for correspondence. After the successful submission of your application form you will be able to print the mailing label. The LUMS Admissions Office will only accept a package that contains the “Mailing Label”.

No, applicants are evaluated on their academic grades regardless of the fact whether someone has taken the final exam through a school/college or privately.