Study Planner Information
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. Alternatively students can pursue a specialisation in Astronomy and Astrophysics or Mathematical Physics.
Assessment tasks vary across different courses but include poster presentations, assignments, laboratory reports and exams. As well as content knowledge, students are provided with the opportunity to develop a range of other skills such as problemsolving capabilities, laboratory skills and computing abilities that will equip graduates to pursue a career in this area.
Physics is available as a single or extended major, or it can be included as part of a dual major in Computational Science or Biophysics, or taken alongside another single major in the BSc.
1st Year Study Planner
What do the different requirements mean?
 Compulsory for program – all BSc students must complete this course
 Prerequisite for major – course required for this major
 Recommended – other science course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
 Elective  choose a Level 1 course that interests you
Course Code & Title  Requirements 

MATH1051 Calculus & Linear Algebra I^{1,3} 
Prerequisite for major 
PHYS1001 Mechanics & Thermal Physics I  Prerequisite for major 
SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science  Recommended 
Elective  Elective 
Course Code & Title  Requirements 

STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data  Compulsory for BSc 
PHYS1002 Electromagnetism and Modern Physics  Prerequisite for major 
MATH1052 Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations^{3} or MATH1072 Advanced Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations^{3} 
Prerequisite for major 
Elective  Elective 
1. Students without at least a Sound Achievement in Senior Maths C are required to take MATH1050 as an elective before MATH1051.
2. MATH1050 is not available for students with a High Achievement or higher in Senior Maths C. MATH1050 is not available to students who have passed MATH1051 and/or MATH1071 and/or MATH1052 and/or MATH1072
3. Students with a high achievement in Senior Maths C (or a 6 or 7 in MATH1050) should take the sequence MATH1071 and MATH1072. Students with a sound achievement in Senior Maths C (or a 4 or 5 in MATH1050) should take the sequence MATH1051 and MATH1052.
Year 2 to 3 Study Planner
The following are suggested study plans for this major and should be used as a guide to planning your program. Please refer to the course list to ensure you complete the major requirements.
What do the different columns mean?
 Sem  Semester
 Compulsory courses – compulsory for the major.
 Key courses – electives from the major's course list.
 Recommended courses – complements the major.
Choose a study plan

General Studies
Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all coursesKey Courses Recommended Courses 1 PHYS2020 Thermodyn & Condensed Matter
PHYS2055 Intro to Fields in Physics
MATH2001 Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra
PHYS2810 Electronics & Circuit Theory
Suggested elective:
SCIE2100 Intro to Bioinfomatics2 PHYS2041 Quantum Physics  MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis
PHYS2100 Dynamics, Chaos & Special Rela
Suggested electives:
PHYS2082 Space Sc & Stellar Astrophysic
BIPH2000 Foundations of Biophysics
PHIL2011 Phil of Modern Physics
COSC2500 Num Meth in Computational SciYear 3
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all coursesKey Courses
Choose at least #6 from:Recommended Courses 1 PHYS3040 Quantum Physics^{1}
PHYS3051 Fields in Physics^{1}
PHYS3071 Computational PhysicsCOSC3000 Visualization & Graphics
SCIE3250 Introduction to Research2 PHYS3900 Perspectives in Physics BIHP3001 Frontiers in Biophysics
PHYS3020^{ }Statistical Mechanics^{1}
PHYS3080 Extragalatic Astrophys & Cosm
PHYS3825 Experimental DesignCOSC3500 HighPerformance Computing
SCIE3250 Introduction to Research1. Students must choose at least #4 from PHYS3040, PHYS3051 and/or PHYS3020 to complete the requirements for the Physics major.

Astronomy / Astrophysics
Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all coursesKey Courses Recommended Courses 1 PHYS2020 Thermodyn & Condensed Matter
PHYS2055 Intro to Fields in PhysicsMATH2001Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra
Suggested elective:
PHYS2810 Electronics & Circuit Theory
SCIE3250 Introduction to Research2 PHYS2041 Quantum Physics PHYS2100 Dynamics, Chaos & Special Rela
MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis
PHYS2082 Space Sc & Stellar AstrophysicYear 3
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all coursesKey Courses
Choose at least #6 from:Recommended Courses 1 PHYS3040 Quantum Physics^{1}
PHYS3051 Fields in Physics^{1}
PHYS3071 Computational PhysicsSCIE3250 Introduction to Research 2 PHYS3900 Perspectives in Physics BIHP3001 Frontiers in Biophysics
PHYS3020 Statistical Mechanics^{1}
PHYS3080 Extragalatic Astrophys & CosmSuggested electives:
PHYS3825 Experimental Design
SCIE3250 Introduction to Research1. Students must choose at least #4 from PHYS3040, PHYS3051 and/or PHYS3020 to complete the requirements for the Physics major.

Mathematical Physics
Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all coursesKey Courses Recommended Courses 1 PHYS2020 Thermodyn & Condensed Matter
PHYS2055 Intro to Fields in PhysicsMATH2001 Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra
Suggested electives:
PHYS2810 Electronics & Circuit Theory
MATH2400 Mathematical Analysis2 PHYS2041 Quantum Physics MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis
Suggested electives:
PHYS2100 Dynamics, Chaos & Special Rela
PHYS2082 Space Sc & Stellar Astrophysic
PHIL2011 Phil of Modern PhysicsYear 3
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all coursesKey Courses
Choose at least #4 from:Recommended Courses 1 PHYS3040 Quantum Physics^{1}
PHYS3051 Fields in Physics^{1}MATH3401 Complex Analysis
Suggested electives:
PHYS3071 Computational Physics
MATH3101 Bifurcation and Chaos
MATH3201 Advanced Scientific Computing
MATH3302 Coding & Cryptography
MATH3303 Abstr Algebra & Number Th
SCIE3250 Introduction to Research2 PHYS3900 Perspectives in Physics BIHP3001 Frontiers in Biophysics
PHYS3020 Statistical Mechanics^{1}
Plus #2 of 3rd or 4th year Physics course from the Physics course list.MATH3403 Partial Differential Equations
Suggested electives:
PHYS3080 Extragalatic Astrophys & Cosm
PHYS3825 Experimental Design
MATH3102 Applied Mathematics
MATH3103 Algebraic Meth of Math Physics
SCIE3250 Introduction to Research1. Students must choose at least #4 from PHYS3040, PHYS3051 and/or PHYS3020 to complete the requirements for the Physics major.
Careers in Physics
Physicists engage in a wide range of exciting and rewarding careers across many industries in both the public and private sectors. Physics graduate attributes include robust, highlevel analytical and problemsolving skills that are widely applicable and highly valued by a diverse range of employers in the public and private sector, including such areas as:
 Education and Science Communicators
 Engineering
 Computing
 Management
 Finance
 Research and Technical Positions
 Health and Medical Sectors
 Nuclear Physics
Many BSc graduates also enter into further researchbased studies in Honours, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs. Subsequently physicists can find employment opportunities in research and development to increase scientific knowledge, or applied research to develop new devices, products or processes.
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