Bachelor of
Science:

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 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.

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
Year 1-Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements

MATH1051 Calculus & Linear Algebra I1,3
or
MATH1071 Advanced Calculus & Linear Algebra I3

Prerequisite for major
PHYS1001 Mechanics & Thermal Physics I Prerequisite for major
SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science Recommended
Elective Elective

 

 Year 1-Semester 2
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 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

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 courses
    Key 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 Bioinfomatics
    2 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 Sci

     

    Year 3
    Sem Compulsory Courses
    Complete all courses
    Key Courses
    Choose at least #6 from:
    Recommended Courses
    1   PHYS3040 Quantum Physics1

    PHYS3051 Fields in Physics1

    PHYS3071 Computational Physics
    COSC3000 Visualization & Graphics

    SCIE3250 Introduction to Research
    2 PHYS3900 Perspectives in Physics BIHP3001 Frontiers in Biophysics

    PHYS3020 Statistical Mechanics1

    PHYS3080 Extragalatic Astrophys & Cosm

    PHYS3825 Experimental Design
    COSC3500 High-Performance Computing

    SCIE3250 Introduction to Research

    1. 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 courses
    Key Courses Recommended Courses
    1 PHYS2020 Thermodyn & Condensed Matter

    PHYS2055 Intro to Fields in Physics
      MATH2001Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra

    Suggested elective:

    PHYS2810 Electronics & Circuit Theory

    SCIE3250 Introduction to Research
    2 PHYS2041 Quantum Physics   PHYS2100 Dynamics, Chaos & Special Rela

    MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis

    PHYS2082 Space Sc & Stellar Astrophysic

     

    Year 3
    Sem Compulsory Courses
    Complete all courses
    Key Courses
    Choose at least #6 from:
    Recommended Courses
    1   PHYS3040 Quantum Physics1

    PHYS3051 Fields in Physics1

    PHYS3071 Computational Physics
    SCIE3250 Introduction to Research
    2 PHYS3900 Perspectives in Physics BIHP3001 Frontiers in Biophysics

    PHYS3020 Statistical Mechanics1

    PHYS3080 Extragalatic Astrophys & Cosm
    Suggested electives:

    PHYS3825 Experimental Design

    SCIE3250 Introduction to Research

    1. 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 courses
    Key Courses Recommended Courses
    1 PHYS2020 Thermodyn & Condensed Matter

    PHYS2055 Intro to Fields in Physics
      MATH2001 Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra

    Suggested electives:

    PHYS2810 Electronics & Circuit Theory

    MATH2400 Mathematical Analysis
    2 PHYS2041 Quantum Physics   MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis

    Suggested electives:

    PHYS2100 Dynamics, Chaos & Special Rela

    PHYS2082 Space Sc & Stellar Astrophysic

    PHIL2011 Phil of Modern Physics

     

    Year 3
    Sem Compulsory Courses
    Complete all courses
    Key Courses
    Choose at least #4 from:
    Recommended Courses
    1   PHYS3040 Quantum Physics1

    PHYS3051 Fields in Physics1
    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 Research
    2 PHYS3900 Perspectives in Physics BIHP3001 Frontiers in Biophysics

    PHYS3020 Statistical Mechanics1
    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 Research

    1. Students must choose at least #4 from PHYS3040, PHYS3051 and/or PHYS3020 to complete the requirements for the Physics major.

 

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