Study Planner Information

Year 1 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

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
1 SCIE1100 Advanced Theory and Practice in Science
PHYS1001 Mechanics & Thermal Physics

[ MATH1051 Calculus & Linear Algebra I1
OR
MATH1071 Advanced Calculus & Linear Algebra I2 ]
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 Equations2 ]

[ STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data5
OR
STAT1301 Advanced Analysis of Scientific Data5 ]
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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

Program Rules Course List

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
Year 2
Semester Required for Major Recommended
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
Year 3
Semester Required for Major Recommended
1 MATH4105 General Relativity3
PHYS3040 Quantum Physics
PHYS3051 Fields in Physics

Choose at least 2 units from:

[ SCIE3250 / SCIE3251 Introduction to Research in Mathematics/ Physics4
PHYS3071 Computational Physics

MATH3101 Bifurcation and Chaos
MATH3201 Scientific Computing: Advanced Techniques & Applications
MATH3303 Abstract Algebra & Number Theory
MATH3401 Complex Analysis
2

PHYS3080 Extragalactic Astrophysics & Cosmology
PHYS3825 Advanced Experimental Skills ]


PHYS3020 Statistical Mechanics
PHYS3901 Perspectives in Physics Research
BIPH3000 Molecular & Membrane Biophysics5
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

Program Rules Course List

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
Year 4
Semester Required for Major Recommended
1 PHYS6501 Advanced Physics Research Report6

Choose at least 6 units from:

[ PHYS4030 Condensed Matter Physics: Electronic properties of crystals
PHYS4040 Advanced Quantum Theory

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2

MATH4104 Advanced Hamiltonian Dynamics & Chaos
PHYS4055 Laser Physics & Quantum Optics
PHYS4070 Advanced Computational Physics ]


PHYS6501 Advanced Physics Research Report6
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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.