Tunghai University was founded in 1955. Physics was one of the original departments. After 33 years of teaching and research, the department started its graduate program for the master’s degree in 1998. With the understanding of the increasing importance of the basic science in the new century, the department decides to make efforts to start the PhD program in the near future
In recent years, the department has recruited many young and outstanding physicists to improve the research environment. Three research groups have been formed. They are:
(1) Nano-physics and Materials Physics,
(2) Laser Optics,
(3) Theoretical Condensed-Matter Theory.
Currently we have 10 research projects supported by the National Science Council of Taiwan. With such a highly ranked record of the evaluation of our academic progress this department was selected as one of 6 departments of excellence of Tunghai University in 2003. Additional support from the University has helped the department to set up core equipment for pioneer research work, such as a Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM), Field-Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FE-SEM) and Advanced X-ray Diffraction Machine. There is a clean room for micro-machining and nano-technology design, which is located in a new building, the Laboratory for Fundamental Science. Faculty members of the department also helped the University to found the “Center for Nano-Science and Technology Research” in 2003.
In the almost 50 years from its founding the Department of Physics has produced many graduates who became outstanding physicists, engineers and teachers working in physics-related fields. To name a few of them, there are Dr. Wang, K.P. (President of Tunghai University), Dr. Liu, Chuan Sheng (professor of University of Maryland), Dr. Chen, Min. (Professor, MIT), Dr. Chien, Chia-Ling(Professor, Johns Hopkins University), Dr. Chang, Tu-Nan (Professor,University of Southern California) etc. The department holds a strong tie with these outstanding alumni. We welcome their advice to improve our teaching, researching and departmental administration.
Goals of Teaching and Training
In the current job market, there are few positions in pure physics. Therefore, the department’s goal is to provide a good basic education in the various fields of physics, and then a selection of options for upper-class students to choose from, to pursue and develop their particular interests and goals for their post-graduate employment or further education. The department also encourages them to select courses in other departments to further broaden their backgrounds. The department began its honors program in 2002 to offer the opportunity for seniors to do research project with professors. Students in the honors program are awarded a scholarship from the National Science Council or the department. The department also has lectures several times a year by professors invited to visit Tunghai from the island and abroad.
Credits for the Degree
University Requirements: 28 credits
Major Requirements: 67 credits
Electives: 23 credits
Total 128 credits