Study Planner Information
Year 1 Study Planner
What do the different columns mean?
- Required for Major – a course required for this major
- Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
Semester | Required for Major | Recommended |
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1 | SCIE1100 Advanced Theory and Practice in Science PHYS1001 Mechanics & Thermal Physics [ MATH1051 Calculus & Linear Algebra I^{1} OR MATH1071 Advanced Calculus & Linear Algebra I^{2} ] |
Please refer to course list |
2 | SCIE1200 Introduction to Science Research PHYS1002 Electromagnetism and Modern Physics [ MATH1052 Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations OR MATH1072 Advanced Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations^{2} ] [ STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data^{5} OR STAT1301 Advanced Analysis of Scientific Data^{5} ] |
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1. Students without at least a Sound Achievement in Senior Maths C are required to take MATH1050 as an elective before MATH1051
2. Students with a high achievement in Senior Maths C (or a 6 or 7 in MATH1050) should take the sequence MATH1071, MATH1072 and MATH2401. Students with a sound achievement in Senior Maths C (or a 4 or 5 in MATH1050) should take the sequence MATH1051, MATH1052 and MATH2400.
5. Students who intend to major in Mathematics should take STAT1301. Other students with an interest in advanced mathematics and at least a high achievement in Maths C or a 6 in MATH1050 are encouraged to take STAT1301.
Year 2 to 3 Study Planner
What do the different columns mean?
- Required for Major – a course required for this major
- Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
Semester | Required for Major | Recommended |
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1 | PHYS2020 Thermodynamics & Condensed Matter Physics PHYS2055 Introduction to Fields in Physics |
MATH2001 Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis MATH2301 Linear & Abstract Algebra & Number Theory MATH2400 Mathematical Analysis PHYS2810 Electronics & Circuit Theory |
2 | PHYS2041 Quantum Physics PHYS2101 Advanced Dynamics and Special Relativity |
BIPH2000 Foundations of Biophysics COSC2500 Numerical Methods in Computational Science PHYS2082 Space Science & Stellar Astrophysics |
Semester | Required for Major | Recommended |
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1 | MATH4105 General Relativity^{3} PHYS3040 Quantum Physics PHYS3051 Fields in Physics Choose at least 2 units from: [ SCIE3250 / SCIE3251 Introduction to Research in Mathematics/ Physics^{4} |
MATH3101 Bifurcation and Chaos MATH3201 Scientific Computing: Advanced Techniques & Applications MATH3303 Abstract Algebra & Number Theory MATH3401 Complex Analysis |
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PHYS3080 Extragalactic Astrophysics & Cosmology PHYS3020 Statistical Mechanics PHYS3901 Perspectives in Physics Research |
BIPH3000 Molecular & Membrane Biophysics^{5} MATH3102 Methods & Models of Applied Mathematics |
3. Students must take PHYS2100 before they take MATH4105
4. SCIE3250 / SCIE3251 can be taken in semester 1, semester 2 or summer semester.
5. This course is not offered in 2017.
Year 4 Study Planner
What do the different columns mean?
- Required for Major – a course required for this major
- Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
Semester | Required for Major | Recommended |
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1 | PHYS6501 Advanced Physics Research Report^{6} Choose at least 6 units from: [ PHYS4030 Condensed Matter Physics: Electronic properties of crystals |
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MATH4104 Advanced Hamiltonian Dynamics & Chaos PHYS6501 Advanced Physics Research Report^{6} |
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6. This is a full year course. Select the same course for semester 1 and 2.
What will I study?
In this major, you will develop a broad knowledge of classical and modern physics. Courses in physics include: astronomy, biophysics, electromagnetism, laser physics, mathematical physics, mechanics, optics, quantum physics, and thermodynamics.
In later years you can specialise in your particular area of interest. Electives under the general stream will prepare you for most areas of physics including quantum information and quantum optics, condensed matter physics, biophotonics and laser science. More specialist plans exist for studying astronomy and astrophysics and mathematical physics.
Assessment tasks vary across different courses but include poster presentations, assignments, laboratory reports and exams.
As well as content knowledge in this area you will be given the opportunity to develop a range of other skills such as problem-solving capabilities, laboratory skills and computing abilities that will equip you to pursue a career in this area.