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 earlycareer 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 indepth 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 degreespecific 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 degreespecific 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
Take all units (30 points):
Availability  Unit code  Unit name  unit requirements 

S1, S2  CITS1401  Computational Thinking with Python 

S1, S2  MATH1011  Multivariable Calculus 

S1, S2  MATH1012  Mathematical Theory and Methods 

S1, S2  PHYS1002  Modern Physics  
S1  PHYS1100  Classical and Frontier Physics 

Level 2
Take all units (24 points):
Availability  Unit code  Unit name  unit requirements 

S1  MATH2501  Advanced Mathematical Methods  
S1  PHYS2001  Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism  
S2  PHYS2002  Many Particle Systems  
N/A  PHYS2100  Stellar Astrophysics and Frontier Astronomy 

Level 3
Take all units (36 points):
Availability  Unit code  Unit name  unit requirements 

S1  PHYS3001  Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics  
S1  PHYS3005  Quantum Computation  
S2  PHYS3011  Mathematical Physics  
S2  PHYS3012  Frontiers in Modern Physics  
N/A  PHYS3100  Electrodynamics, Special and General Relativity 

S2  PHYS3101  Quantum Field Theory and Quantum Technology 
Choosing your degreespecific major
Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music
You must satisfy the requirements of the degreespecific 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 degreespecific 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 degreespecific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degreespecific 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 degreespecific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degreespecific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the firstyear 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 .