Welcome to the upper years in the School of Physics. We offer a wide variety of theoretical and experimental courses in many areas of physics, thus allowing you to shape your degree to match your interests and career aspirations. You may also choose to go on exchange to an overseas university for one or two sessions as part of your degree.
Students who began their Science degree before 2012 should check their degree requirements with the Handbook of the year they began their Science degree, as the requirements are different from those below.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
Students in the Bachelor of Science (program 3970) or dual degrees who are studying a major in physical science need to complete at least 96 units of credit (UOC) of Science courses. This will include the 78 UOC of Physics and Mathematics courses required for your major. In second year, all students are required to take PHYS2110 Quantum Mechanics and Laboratory; PHYS2210 Electromagnetism and Thermal Physics; MATH2011 Several Variable Calculus and MATH2120 Mathematical Methods for Differential Equations (or the higher versions of these courses). Third year students have more choice in the courses they take, although there are extra requirements for students, who want to add an honours year to the BSc degree. Students can choose to study double majors as part of their degree, but should be aware that it may take longer than minimum time to complete all the requirements.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (INTERNATIONAL) and BACHELOR OF SCINECE AND BUSINESS
Students in these degrees will complete a major in Physical Science, with the same requirements as the Major in the straight Bachelor of Science degree. Students should consult the Handbook for details about the other course requirements for their degree. Students who perform well in these degrees may be invited into the fourth, honours year.
BACHELOR OF ADVANCED SCIENCE
Students in the Bachelor of Advanced Science program (program 3972) or dual Advanced Science degrees have a significant number of compulsory courses in their Physics major as well as electives. Descriptions of the requirements are available in the Handbook (handbook.unsw.edu.au) Students can choose to study double majors as part of their degree, but should be aware that it may take longer than minimum time to complete all the requirements.
Students can complete a major in Physical Science as part of a dual Science degree with Engineering, Arts, Music, Law, Commerce, Economics or Education. Advanced Science dual degrees, with a major in Physics are currently available with Economics, Law, Arts and Music. Students usually study a combination of courses from both faculties each year of their degree.
Students will need to follow the degree requirements from the handbook in the year they began their Science degree.
Honours is automatically included in the Advanced Science programs and if you complete all the prescribed courses and maintain a credit average, you will be invited to continue onto the fourth year. If you complete a major in physical science in either a Bachelor of Science or in a dual degree you may also be eligible to continue studying for a fourth Honours year. In these programs entry to Honours requires a credit average or above, and the completion of at least 24 UOC of Level III physics in your major. These 24 UOC must include the courses PHYS3011 Quantum Mechanics and Electrodynamics, PHYS3021 Statistical and Solid State Physics, and PHYS3031 Advanced Optics and Nuclear Physics as these are prerequisites for Honours. You should talk to Sue Hagon before you start your third year, to ensure you are studying the correct courses.
Students wanting to discuss their choice of courses, progression, who are having difficulties or need to request special consideration should contact the Physics Friend Sue Hagon or the Undergraduate Director Prof Gary Morriss. Information is also available from the Science Student Office in the Webster Building. Don’t forget, it is your responsibility to check your program requirements and ensure that you are studying the correct courses for your degree.
last updated October 26 2012