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Bachelor of Science (Physics)

Physics, as one of the fundamental sciences, provides the basis for making, interpreting and extending observations relating to the behaviour and structure of matter. Physics is fundamental to the study of all sciences and has a key role to play in generating and supporting new technologies. Students majoring in Physics study mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, vibrations, waves, optics, modern, quantum and statistical mechanics, complemented by a number of advanced mathematics subjects.

Study Options
Two major programs in Physics are offered:

  • Basic Major Program in Physics - a basic Physics program, designed with a minimum of compulsory subjects for combining with an array of elective subjects or a second major in another discipline.
  • Full Major Program - a full Physics program for students planning to undertake Honours and to pursue a career as a professional physicist.

The two programs are outlined below.

Honours
Students with a good academic record are encouraged to proceed to Honours year, a fourth year of study providing training in independent research.

Professional Recognition
The Bachelor of Science (Physics) degree conforms to the requirements for membership of the Australian Institute of Physics.

Course Program

Basic Major Program in Physics

Subjects   Credit Points
Year 1
MATH187 Mathematics 1A Part 1 6
or
MATH141 Mathematics 1C Part 1 6
PHYS141 Fundamentals of Physics A 6
MATH188 Mathematics 1A Part 2 6
or
MATH142 Mathematics 1C Part 2 6
PHYS142 Fundamentals of Physics B 6
plus 4 Electives 24
Year 2
MATH201 Multivariate and Vector Calculus 6
MATH253 Linear Algebra 4
PHYS205 Advanced Modern Physics 6
PHYS235 Mechanics and Thermodynamics 6
MATH291 Differential Equations 3
PHYS215 Vibrations, Waves and Optics 6
PHYS225 Electromagnetism and Optoelectronics 6
plus 2 Electives 12
Year 3
PHYS305 Quantum Mechanics (Autumn) 6
PHYS325 Electromagnetism (Autumn) 6
and two of the following subjects::
PHYS335 Classical Mechanics (Autumn) 6
PHYS375 Nuclear Physics (Spring) 6
PHYS385 Statistical Mechanics (Spring) 6
PHYS390 Astrophysics (Spring) 6
PHYS396 Electronic Materials (Spring) 6
Plus additional 12 cp of subjects taken from the Science or Engineering Schedule
 

Full Major Program in Physics

Year 1
MATH187 Mathematics 1A Part 1 6
or
MATH141 Mathematics 1C Part 1 6
PHYS141 Fundamentals of Physics A 6
MATH188 Mathematics 1A Part 2 6
or
MATH142 Mathematics 1C Part 2 6
PHYS142 Fundamentals of Physics B 6
plus 4 electives 24
Year 2
MATH201 Multivariate and Vector Calculus 6
MATH203 Linear Algebra 6
PHYS205 Advanced Modern Physics 6
PHYS235 Mechanics and Thermodynamics 6
MATH291 Differential Equations 3
MATH293 Complex Variables 4
PHYS215 Vibrations, Waves and Optics 6
PHYS225 Electromagnetism and Optoelectronics 6
PHYS295 Astronomy - Concepts of the Universe 6
Year 3
PHYS305 Quantum Mechanics 6
PHYS325 Electromagnetism 6
PHYS335 Classical Mechanics 6
PHYS375 Nuclear Physics 6
PHYS385 Statistical Mechanics 6
PHYS390 Astrophysics 6
PHYS396 Electronic Materials 6
 

Physics Electives

Year 1  
PHYS131 Physics for the Environmental and Life Sciences A 6
PHYS141 Fundamentals of Physics A 6
PHYS132 Physics for the Environmental and Life Sciences B 6
PHYS142 Fundamentals of Physics B 6
PHYS143 Physics for Engineers 6
Year 2  
PHYS205 Modern Physics 6
PHYS235 Mechanics and Thermodynamics 6
PHYS206 Project in Physics 6
PHYS215 Vibrations, Waves and Optics 6
PHYS225 Electromagnetism and Optoelectronics 6
PHYS255 Radiation Physics 6
PHYS295 Astronomy - Concepts of the Universe 6
Year 3  
PHYS305 Quantum Mechanics

6

PHYS325 Electromagnetism 6
PHYS335 Classical Mechanics 6
PHYS365 Detection of Radiation: Neutrons, Electrons and X-Rays 6
PHYS306 Project in Physics 6
PHYS375 Nuclear Physics

6

PHYS385 Statistical Mechanics 6
PHYS390 Astrophysics 6
PHYS396 Electronic Materials 6
Year 4  
PHYS405 Honours in Physics

48

PHYS444 Quantum Mechanics 8
PHYS446 Solid State Physics 8
PHYS451 Nuclear Medicine 8
PHYS452 Medical Imaging 8
PHYS456 Imaging Physics 8
PHYS401 Theoretical Mechanics and Electromagnetism 8
PHYS457 Research Project 24
PHYS441 Advanced Astrophysics

8

PHYS453 Radiobiology and Radiation Protection 8
Other subjects offered by non-member Departments of the Faculty of Engineering toward the Physics Program:
CSCI103 Algorithims and Problem Solving 6
CSCI114 Procedural Programming 6
CSCI124 Object Programming 6
MATH187 Mathematics 1A Part 1 6
MATH188 Mathematics 1A Part 2 6
MATH141 Mathematics 1C Part 1 6
MATH142 Mathematics 1C Part 2 6
MATH201 Multivariate and Vector Calculus 6
MATH202 Differential Equations 2 6
MATH203 Linear Algebra 6
MATH204 Complex Variables and Group Theory 6
MATH253 Linear Algebra

4

MATH283 Mathematics IIE for Engineers Part 1 6
MATH291 Differential Equations 3
MATH293 Complex Variables 4
STAT231 Probability and Random Variables 6
 
 
 

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