Frontier Physics major

Contemporary physics is built on a broad base of deep theoretical ideas that have been verified with astonishing precision by the most intricate and challenging experiments known to mankind. This major aims to provide students with a sound grounding in the fundamental theories, conceptual framework, computational techniques as well as experimental skills in frontier physics. The rewards for this major range from the profound satisfaction of understanding the universe at its smallest and largest scales, right through to engaging careers in research, teaching, or technical development in industry.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) explain the physical concepts and principles that underpin a wide range of applications at the level of an early-career scientist; (2) apply problem identification, exploration and solution skills in physical situations that range from simple to complex; (3) utilise appropriate mathematical sophistication in the expression and communication of physical concepts; (4) investigate physical, numerical and theoretical problems using appropriate computational techniques; (5) experimentally test concepts in advanced and frontier physics using appropriate statistical techniques; (6) evaluate arguments based on known physics to test their validity; and (7) apply research methods, including ethical considerations, to a specific research project or topic.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. For students in a Combined Bachelor's masters Course, you have elected to pursue a highly specialised and in-depth program of study in your chosen field. While you are encouraged to use the free elective units available in your course to study in other disciplines offered at UWA, your formal requirement to broaden your course will be met through the Honours and Postgraduate units which form an integral part of your course.

Prerequisites

(Physics ATAR or equivalent or higher) and (Mathematics Methods ATAR or equivalent or higher) and (Mathematics Specialists ATAR or equivalent or higher) and an ATAR score of at least 95

Frontier Physics can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

CM015 Bachelor of Science Frontier Physics and Master Physics
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Frontier Physics is a degree-specific double major comprising:

  • five Level 1 units
  • four Level 2 units
  • six Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (30 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or
equivalent
or
higher
S1, S2 MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
or
equivalent
Incompatibility:
MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1
or
MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2
or
MATH2040 Engineering Mathematics
S1, S2 MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
or
equivalent
Incompatibility:
MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1
or
MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2
or
MATH2040 Engineering Mathematics
S1, S2 PHYS1002 Modern Physics
Prerequisites:
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
or
PHYS1100 Classical and Frontier Physics
Incompatibility:
PHYS1102 Advanced Physics B
S1 PHYS1100 Classical and Frontier Physics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the MJD-FRODM Frontier Physics major
or
by permission and (Physics ATAR
or
equivalent
or
higher) and (Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
equivalent
or
higher) and (Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
equivalent
or
higher)
Incompatibility:
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers (ID 1412)

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 MATH2501 Advanced Mathematical Methods
Prerequisites:
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
Co-requisites:
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Incompatibility:
MATH3023 Advanced Mathematics Applications
and
GENG4407 Advanced Engineering Mathematics
S1 PHYS2001 Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism
Prerequisites:
(PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
or
PHYS1100 Classical and Frontier Physics) and PHYS1002 Modern Physics and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
Co-requisites:
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
or
a Level 2 Mathematics major unit
S2 PHYS2002 Many Particle Systems
Prerequisites:
(PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
or
PHYS1100 Classical and Frontier Physics) and PHYS1002 Modern Physics and (MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
or
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods)
N/A PHYS2100 Stellar Astrophysics and Frontier Astronomy
Prerequisites:
PHYS1100 Classical and Frontier Physics (ID 7765) and PHYS1002 Modern Physics (ID 1422) and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus (ID 6012) and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods (ID 6013)
Co-requisites:
PHYS2001 Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism (ID 1461) and (MATH2501 Advanced Mathematical Methods (ID 1000)
or
MATH3023 Advanced Mathematics Applications (ID 6149))
Incompatibility:
PHYS3003 Astrophysics and Space Science (ID 1476)

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (36 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics
Prerequisites:
PHYS2001 Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism and (MATH2501 Advanced Mathematical Methods
or
MATH3023 Advanced Mathematics Applications)
S1 PHYS3005 Quantum Computation
Prerequisites:
(24 points of Level 2 units in Physics
or
Mathematics
or
Computing) and (MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods (ID 6013)
or
equivalent)
Incompatibility:
PHYS4021 Frontiers in Quantum Computation (ID 7468)
S2 PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics
Prerequisites:
PHYS2001 Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism (ID 1461) and (MATH2501 Advanced Mathematical Methods (ID 1000)
or
MATH3023 Advanced Mathematics Applications (ID 6149)
or
equivalent)
Co-requisites:
PHYS2002 The Physics of Particles (ID 1462)
S2 PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics
Prerequisites:
(PHYS2001 Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism (ID 1461) and PHYS2002 The Physics of Particles (ID 1462)) and (MATH2501 Advanced Mathematical Methods (ID 1000)
or
MATH3023 Advanced Mathematics Applications (ID 6149)
or
equivalent)
N/A PHYS3100 Electrodynamics, Special and General Relativity
Prerequisites:
(PHYS1100 Classical and Frontier Physics (ID 7765) and PHYS2001 Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism (ID 1461)) and (MATH2501 Advanced Mathematical Methods (ID 1000)
or
MATH3023 Advanced Mathematics Applications (ID 6149))
Co-requisites:
PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics (ID 1473)
Incompatibility:
PHYS3002 Electrodynamics and Relativity (ID 1474)
S2 PHYS3101 Quantum Field Theory and Quantum Technology
Prerequisites:
PHYS1100 Classical and Frontier Physics (ID 7765) and PHYS2001 Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism (ID 1461) and PHYS2002 The Physics of Particles (ID 1462) and PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics (ID 1701) and PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics (ID 1473)

Choosing your degree-specific major

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You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not allow you to choose a double major.

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .