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Physics aspires to understand nature, its structure and laws. To be a physicist is to walk the road between ideas and things, between the finest theories and laborious work in the laboratory. But physics knowledge is also at the heart of technological innovation in all fields: environment, nanotechnology, energy, new materials, medicine, aerospace and more.

The Bachelor of Science in Physics offers the opportunity to study in a familiar environment, with the support of faculty and young tutors who welcome freshmen and personally support them during their first years at the university. At the same time, the Department of Physics is home to a rich research activity. In 2017, the Ministry of Education, University and Research ranked the Department of Physics in Genoa among the Italian Departments of Excellence. DIFI was ranked seventh in Italy in the area of physical sciences. At DIFI you will therefore find a stimulating environment, an international dimension and research groups working at the frontiers of international research. The our leading areas are particle and astroparticle physics, physics of matter and nanotechnology, biophysics, nanomedicine, and environmental physics.

What will you study

If you enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Physics, you will study classical physics (mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism) and modern (quantum mechanics, theory of relativity). We'll give you all the mathematical tools needed to deal with them, along with fundamentals of chemistry and computational programming 


You will spend part of your time in laboratory, where you will gain first-hand experience of the scientific method and learn to use state-of-the-art instruments for measuring physical quantities and analyzing data. In your third year you will complete your education with courses in nuclear physics and physics of matter. You will also have the opportunity to choose some of the subjects from your study plan and direct you immediately to the world of work or to a master's degree in physics.

After graduation

The Physics graduate


Who is he?

Has an adequate mastery of scientific methods and content aimed at further study.

What does he/she do?

His skills are:

  • understand physical processes
  • execute and analyze measurements
  • design even complex experiments
  • process calculations and use or develop numerical computing codes for data processing, simulation of physical processes, control of experiments.

Where do you work?

The natural outlet, followed by almost all bachelor's degree graduates, is enrollment in a master's degree.

However, the bachelor's degree also provides skills that can be used in a variety of occupational fields including, for example, the field of physics applications to health care or cultural heritage conservation, the field of radiation protection, the field of optics-optometry, the field of industrial processes that use or implement optical and optoelectronic systems, the field of industrial processes of materials production and analysis, and the management of technologically advanced equipment.