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. 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 problemsolving capabilities, laboratory skills and computing abilities that will equip you to pursue a career in this area.
1st to 4th 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 (STAT1301, SCIE1100 and SCIE2011)
 #6 (science or nonscience) electives
 #52 for the requirements for a major as per the course list.
To fulfil the Physics major, you are required to complete a total of #52 including:
 #44 of Compulsory Courses
 #8 in an approved combination from the Key Courses
Please refer to the course list to ensure you complete the major requirements.
How do I use the Study Plans?
 Take all Compulsory Courses in each semester.
 Select required number of units in Key Courses for each year level.
 Fill any gaps in each semester with Key Courses or electives as permitted by the BAdvSc(Hons) requirements and rules.
What do the different requirements mean?
 Compulsory for program – all students must complete this course
 Key courses – electives from the major's course list
 Elective  #6 science or nonscience electives

Year 1
Sem Compulsory Courses Key Courses Elective 1 SCIE1100 Advanced Theory and Practice in Science
PHYS1001 Mechanics & Thermal Physics
MATH1051 Calculus & Linear Algebra I^{1} Please refer to the Course List 2 STAT1301 Advanced Analysis of Scientific Data
PHYS1002 Electromagnetism and Modern Physics
MATH1052 Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations
SCIE2111 Introduction to Science Research  
Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses Key Courses
Choose at least #4 from:Elective
1 MATH2001 Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra
PHYS2020 Thermodynamics &Condensed Matter Physics
PHYS2055 Introduction to Fields in PhysicsPHYS2810 Electronics & Circuit Theory
MATH2301 Linear & Abstract Algebra &Number Theory
MATH2400 Mathematical AnalysisPlease refer to the Course List 2 MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis
PHYS2041 Quantum PhysicsBIPH2000 Foundations of Biophysics
COSC2500 Numerical Methods in Computational Science
PHYS2082 Space Science &Stellar Astrophysics
PHYS2100 Dynamics, Chaos & Special Relativity^{2} 
Year 3
Year 3 Compulsory Courses Key Courses
Choose at least #4 from:Elective 1 MATH4105 General Relativity^{2}
PHYS3040 Quantum Physics
PHYS3051 Fields in Physics
SCIE3250 / SCIE3251 Introduction to Research in Mathematics/ Physics^{3}MATH3101 Bifurcation and Chaos
MATH3201 Scientific Computing: Advanced Techniques & Applications
MATH3303 Abstract Algebra & Number Theory
MATH3401 Complex Analysis
PHYS3071 Computational Physics 2 PHYS3020 Statistical Mechanics
PHYS3900 Perspectives in Physics ResearchBIPH3000 Molecular & Membrane Biophysics
MATH3102 Methods & Models of Applied Mathematics
PHYS3080 Extragalactic Astrophysics & Cosmology
PHYS3825 Advanced Experimental Skills 
Year 4
4th Year Study Planner
Year 4 Compulsory Courses Key Courses
Choose at least #4 from:Elective 1 PHYS4030 Condensed Matter Physics: Electronic properties of crystals
PHYS4040 Advanced Quantum Theory
PHYS6501 Advanced Physics Research Report  2  MATH4104 Advanced Hamiltonian Dynamics & Chaos
PHYS4055 Laser Physics & Quantum Optics
PHYS4070 Advanced Computational Physics  Students without Queensland Senior Maths C should complete MATH1050 before MATH1051.
 Students must take PHYS2100 before they take MATH4105
 SCIE3250 / SCIE3251 can be taken in semester 1, semester 2 or summer semester.


Physics graduates develop robust, highlevel analytical and problemsolving 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
 Demonstrate a knowledge of fundamental physics concepts and principles;
 Evaluate the role of theoretical models and empirical studies in the past and current development of physics knowledge;
 Apply physics principles to understand the causes of problems, devise strategies to solve them and test the possible solutions;
 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;
 Use the tools, methodologies, language and conventions of physics to test and communicate ideas and explanations;
 Work effectively and ethically in a multifaceted scientific environment; and
 Be responsible, critically reflective, selfdirected and motivated learners.