Bachelor of
Science:

Study Planner Information

Year 1 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory – all 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 - an elective course from the course list, or as permitted by the program rules
Year 1 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science Compulsory

[ MATH1051 Calculus & Linear Algebra I1,3
OR
MATH1071 Advanced Calculus & Linear Algebra I3 ]

Prerequisite for major
PHYS1001 Mechanics & Thermal Physics I Prerequisite for major
Elective Elective

 

 Year 1 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
[ STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data OR STAT1301 Advanced Analysis of Scientific Data Compulsory
PHYS1002 Electromagnetism and Modern Physics Prerequisite for major
[ MATH1052 Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations3
OR
MATH1072 Advanced Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations3 ]
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

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

Choose a study plan

  • General Studies
    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
    PHYS2810 Electronics & Circuit Theory

    Suggested elective:
    SCIE2100 Intro to Bioinfomatics
    2 PHYS2041 Quantum Physics MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis
    PHYS2100 Dynamics, Chaos & Special Relativity

    Suggested electives:
    PHYS2082 Space Science & Stellar Astrophysics
    BIPH2000 Foundations of Biophysics
    PHIL2011 Philosophy of Modern Physics
    COSC2500 Numerical Methods in Computational Science

     

    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Required for Major Recommended
    1 Choose at least 4 units from:

    [ PHYS3040 Quantum Physics
    PHYS3051 Fields in Physics

    Choose at least 6 units from:

    [ PHYS3040 Quantum Physics
    PHYS3051 Fields in Physics
    PHYS3071 Computational Physics

    COSC3000 Visualization & Graphics
    SCIE3250 Introduction to Research in Mathematics/Physics1
    2

    PHYS3020 Statistical Mechanics ]


    PHYS3900 Perspectives in Physics Research

    BIPH3001 Frontiers in Biophysics
    PHYS3020 Statistical Mechanics
    PHYS3080 Extragalatic Astrophysics & Cosmology
    PHYS3825 Advanced Experimental Skills ]

    COSC3500 High-Performance Computing
    SCIE3250 Introduction to Research in Mathematics/Physics1

    1. SCIE3250/SCIE3251 can be taken in semester 1, semester 2, or summer semester.

  • Astronomy / Astrophysics
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 PHYS2020 Thermodynamics & Condensed Matter
    PHYS2055 Introduction to Fields in Physics
    MATH2001Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra

    Suggested elective:
    PHYS2810 Electronics & Circuit Theory
    SCIE3250 Introduction to Research in Mathematics/Physics1
    2 PHYS2041 Quantum Physics PHYS2100 Dynamics, Chaos & Special Reltivity
    MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis
    PHYS2082 Space Science & Stellar Astrophysics

     

    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Required for Major Recommended
    1 Choose at least 4 units from:

    [ PHYS3040 Quantum Physics
    PHYS3051 Fields in Physics

    Choose at least 6 units from:

    [ PHYS3040 Quantum Physics
    PHYS3051 Fields in Physics
    PHYS3071 Computational Physics

    SCIE3250 Introduction to Research in Mathematics/Physics2
    2

    PHYS3020 Statistical Mechanics ]

    PHYS3020 Statistical Mechanics
    PHYS3080 Extragalatic Astrophysics & Cosmology ]


    PHYS3900 Perspectives in Physics
    Suggested electives:

    PHYS3825 Experimental Design
    SCIE3250 Introduction to Research in Mathematics/Physics1

    1. SCIE3250/SCIE3251 can be taken in semester 1, semester 2, or summer semester.

  • Mathematical Physics
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 PHYS2020 Thermodynamics & Condensed Matter
    PHYS2055 Introduction to Fields in Physics
    MATH2001 Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra II

    Suggested electives:
    PHYS2810 Electronics & Circuit Theory
    MATH2400 Mathematical Analysis
    2 PHYS2041 Quantum Physics MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis

    Suggested electives:
    PHYS2100 Dynamics, Chaos & Special Relativity
    PHYS2082 Space Science & Stellar Astrophysics
    PHIL2011 Philosophy of Modern Physics

     

    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Required for Major Recommended
    1 Choose at least 4 units from:

    [ PHYS3040 Quantum Physics
    PHYS3051 Fields in Physics

    Choose at least 6 units from:

    [ PHYS3040 Quantum Physics
    PHYS3051 Fields in Physics PHYS3071 Computational Physics

    MATH3401 Complex Analysis

    Suggested electives:
    MATH3101 Bifurcation and Chaos
    MATH3201 Scientific Computing: Advanced Techniques and Applications
    MATH3302 Coding & Cryptography
    MATH3303 Abstract Algebra & Number Theory
    SCIE3250 Introduction to Research in Mathemtics/Physics1
    2

    PHYS3020 Statistical Mechanics ]

    PHYS3020 Statistical Mechanics ]


    PHYS3900 Perspectives in Physics
    MATH3403 Partial Differential Equations

    Suggested electives:
    PHYS3080 Extragalatic Astrophysics & Cosmology
    PHYS3825 Advanced Experimental Skills
    MATH3102 Methods and Model of Applied Mathematics
    MATH3103 Algebraic Methods of Mathematical Physics
    SCIE3250 Introduction to Research in Mathematics/Physics1

    1. SCIE3250/SCIE3251 can be taken in semester 1, semester 2, or summer semester.

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 problem-solving 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.