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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.

Year 1 to 4 Year Study Planners

The following are suggested study plans for this major and should be used as a guide to assist in planning your program. BAdvSc(Hons) students will complete #64 units in total, comprising:

  • #6 for Part A (either STAT1201 or STAT1301 plus SCIE1100 and SCIE1200)
  • #36 for the requirements for a major as per the course list (including #28 level 3 or above).
  • #6 from the BAdvSc(Hons) or BSc course list
  • #16 (science or non-science) electives

Please refer to the course list to ensure you complete the program and major requirements.

How do I use the Study Plans?

  1. Take all Compulsory Courses in each semester.
  2. Select required number of units in Key Courses for each year level.
  3. Fill any gaps in each semester with Key Courses or electives to ensure you meet the BAdvSc(Hons) requirements and rules.

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory for the Program – All student must complete these courses as part of the program requirements.
  • Prerequisites for Major – First year prerequisites for the major
  • Compulsory for the Major – All student must complete these courses as part of the major requirements.
  • Key Courses – Electives from the major's course list.
  • Recommended Electives – Courses that complement the major but can be substituted for another elective.

Choose a study plan

  • 1st Year Study Planner
    Sem Compulsory for the Program Prerequisites for Major Recommended Electives
    1 SCIE1100 Advanced Theory and Practice in Science PHYS1001 Mechanics & Thermal Physics

    MATH1051 Calculus & Linear Algebra I1
    MATH1071 Advanced Calculus & Linear Algebra I2
    Please refer to course list
    2 STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data5
    STAT1301 Advanced Analysis of Scientific Data5

    SCIE1200 Introduction to Science Research
    PHYS1002 Electromagnetism and Modern Physics

    MATH1052 Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations
    MATH1072 Advanced Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations2

    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.

  • 2nd Year Study Planner
    Sem Compulsory for the Major Key Courses Recommended Electives
    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
  • 3rd Year Study Planner
    Year 3 Compulsory for the Major Key Courses
    At least #2 from late year courses:
    Recommended Electives
    1 MATH4105 General Relativity3

    PHYS3040 Quantum Physics

    PHYS3051 Fields in Physics
    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 PHYS3020 Statistical Mechanics

    PHYS3901 Perspectives in Physics Research
    PHYS3080 Extragalactic Astrophysics & Cosmology

    PHYS3825 Advanced Experimental Skills
    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.

  • 4th Year Study Planner
    Year 4 Compulsory for the Major Key Courses
    At least #6 from late year courses:
    Recommended Electives
    1 PHYS6501 Advanced Physics Research Report6 PHYS4030 Condensed Matter Physics: Electronic properties of crystals

    PHYS4040 Advanced Quantum Theory
    2 PHYS6501 Advanced Physics Research Report6 MATH4104 Advanced Hamiltonian Dynamics & Chaos

    PHYS4055 Laser Physics & Quantum Optics

    PHYS4070 Advanced Computational Physics

    6. This is a full year course. Select the same course for semester 1 and 2.

Physics graduates develop robust, high-level analytical and problem-solving skills that are widely applicable and highly valued by a diverse range of employers including those in education, finance, engineering, computing and management.

Physicists engage in a wide range of exciting and rewarding careers across many industries in both the public and private sectors. Many physicists are employed by governments in research and management positions; by universities in the areas of teaching, research and technical positions; as education and science communicators; in health and medical sectors; and in nuclear physics. Other physicists take a higher degree and work in research and development; undertaking fundamental research to increase scientific knowledge, or applied research to develop new devices, products or processes.

On completing a degree in Physics at the University of Queensland, students can be expected to have the following range of attributes developed in consultation with the Australian Institute of Physics.

Students will be able to

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of fundamental physics concepts and principles;
  2. Evaluate the role of theoretical models and empirical studies in the past and current development of physics knowledge;
  3. Apply physics principles to understand the causes of problems, devise strategies to solve them and test the possible solutions;
  4. Use a range of measurement and data analysis tools to collect data with appropriate precision and carry out subsequent analysis with due regard to the uncertainties;
  5. Use the tools, methodologies, language and conventions of physics to test and communicate ideas and explanations;
  6. Work effectively and ethically in a multi-faceted scientific environment; and
  7. Be responsible, critically reflective, self-directed and motivated learners.



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