The actual requirements for your degree vary, depending on whether you are enrolled into the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (International), Bachelor of Science and Business, the Bachelor of Advanced Science, or one of the many dual degrees available at UNSW.

It is your responsibility to make sure that the courses you are studying will count towards your degree. If you are in any doubt, check when you are enrolling! The program outlines are available in the Online Handbook – students should always follow the Handbook for the year in which they began their Science degree. The Physics Friend and the Science Student Office in the Robert Webster Building can help to check your program.

In all the degrees you will have a number of compulsory courses in your study plan as well as electives. You must complete at least one major as part of the requirements for your degree. In Advanced Science degrees, follow the Physics major; in all other degrees you will complete the requirements for a Physical Science major. Double majors can be completed in your degree, but it may take more than the minimum time to complete all the requirements.

Honours is included in Advanced Science, and is an optional year in all other degrees. You can’t enrol yourself - you will be invited into honours once you have completed all the requirements for the first three stages of your degree and all the requirements for honours.

Physics can be studied as part of a dual degree with Engineering, Arts, Law, Education, Music, Economics or Commerce. Some programs will also allow you to take Advanced Science combined with another degree, or to include an Honours year in physics. All of these programs require at least the completion of a major in physics or physical science.

Don’t forget the general education requirements for your degree. There are rules concerning which courses you may and may not count as general education. If in doubt, check with the Science Student Office (ground floor, Robert Webster Building, email

It is occasionally possible for students to gain permission to substitute a different course for one of the core courses in their degree program. If you are thinking of doing this you should contact the Physics Friend or the Undergraduate Director. Some of the reasons for allowing substitution include a core course not being offered, allowing students who have completed in Science Olympiads to accelerate their degree, or to allow students to include a particular course in their degree which complements their research interests.

Online Handbook
Science Student Centre

last updated Oct 29 2012