Physics explores the behaviour between matter and energy — from subatomic particles to the scale of the universe.
Technology and physics go hand-in-hand, and they improve our lives massively. From computers, architecture to agriculture, modern life is built using the understanding of physics.
Studying this field will prepare you to contribute to major advances in technology now and in the future.
- Gain practical skills in lab experiments, fieldwork, and computing. In our state- of-the-art facilities including a nano lab, super conduction magnet lab, cloud chamber, and cryogenics lab.
- UC has contributed much to the global study of physics with alumnus like Ernest Rutherford and Beatrice Tinsley, with current research at UC including Medical Physics, Nanotechnology, and Cosmology.
For the major in the Bachelor of Science, complete the following courses:
- PHYS101 Engineering Physics A: Mechanics, Waves, Electromagnetism and Thermal Physics
- PHYS102 Engineering Physics B: Modern Physics and Electromagnetism (2)
- MATH102 Mathematics 1A
- MATH103 Mathematics 1B
COSC121 Introduction to Computer Programming and COSC131 Introduction to Programming for Engineers are also strongly recommended.
If you have not taken physics or mathematics to Year 13 level, it is also recommended to take PHYS111 Introductory Physics for Physical Sciences and Engineering and MATH101 Methods of Mathematics.
- PHYS285 Technical and Professional Skills for Physicists
- MATH201 Multivariable Calculus
- Three 200-level PHYS courses
MATH202 Differential Equations and MATH203 Linear Algebra are also recommended.
- PHYS310 Thermal, Statistical and Particle Physics
- PHYS311 Quantum Mechanics
- PHYS313 Advanced Electromagnetism and Materials
- PHYS381 Advanced Experimental Physics and Astronomy
If you intend to go onto postgraduate study, it is recommended that you include PHYS326 Classical Mechanics and Symmetry Principles, or you can take PHYS456 in the first your of your postgraduate degree.
For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport Coaching, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:
- 75 points in 100 to 300-level PHYS courses, with at least 45 points above 100-level
Understanding how almost everything works opens up job opportunities in many industries, ranging from experimental research to scientific consulting to building new technology.
Some career pathways could include:
- IT and electronic industries
- Science centres/museums
- Research and development (R&D).
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Physics.
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