Physics major
Physics examines the world around us at the most fundamental level, from the origin and fate of the universe, to the behaviour of matter on subatomic length scales—and everything in between. The overarching objective of the Physics major at UWA is to provide students with access to the frontiers of modern physics via an emphasis on essential mathematical skills. You apply the key pillars of relativity and quantum physics to atomic, molecular, nuclear and particle physics, condensed matter physics, photonics and astrophysics. You understand the role of physics as the driving force behind many advanced technologies, from radar to lasers, from GPS to quantum computers and MRI and PET scanners. The choice of Western Australia as the site for part of the Square Kilometre Array makes the Physics major an exciting prospect.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) develop increasing levels of conceptual understanding of the physical principles which underpin a wide range of applications; (2) develop and apply increasing levels of critical thinking skills in a range of physical situations; (3) develop and apply problem identification, exploration and solution skills in physical situations that range from simple to complex; (4) apply increasing levels of appropriate mathematical sophistication in the expression and communication of physical concepts; (5) develop indepth understanding of the physical principles of measurement, experimental technique, quantitative analysis and data analysis; and (6) develop and demonstrate skills relevant to the communication of physics concepts including writing, oral presentations, critical information literacy skills and interpersonal skills.
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. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degreespecific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.
Prerequisites
(Physics ATAR or equivalent or higher) and (Mathematics Methods ATAR or equivalent or higher) and (Mathematics Specialists ATAR or equivalent or higher)
Physics can be taken as a degreespecific major in the following degree courses:
BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Overview of unit sequence
Physics is a degreespecific single major comprising:
 five Level 1 units
 three Level 2 units
 four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units: 

S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2 
Level 1
Take all units (30 points):
Students taking the Physics major in conjunction with Engineering Science substitute CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python with CITS2002 System Programming or CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation.
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  PHYS1001  Physics for Scientists and Engineers 

S1, S2  PHYS1002  Modern Physics 
If required, students are advised to take bridging units in their first year of study. Students without Mathematics Specialist ATAR or equivalent or higher take MATH1722. Students without ATAR Physics or equivalent or higher take PHYS1030.
Availability  Unit code  Unit name  unit requirements 

S1, S2  MATH1722  Mathematics Foundations: Specialist 

S1, S2  PHYS1030  Physics Bridging Unit 

Level 2
Take all units (18 points):
Students taking the Physics major in conjunction with Engineering Science substitute MATH3023 Advanced Mathematics Applications with MATH2501 Advanced Mathematical Methods.
Availability  Unit code  Unit name  unit requirements 

S1  MATH2501  Advanced Mathematical Methods  
S1  PHYS2001  Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism  
S2  PHYS2002  Many Particle Systems 
Level 3
Take all units (12 points):
Availability  Unit code  Unit name  unit requirements 

S1  PHYS3001  Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics  
S2  PHYS3002  Electrodynamics and Relativity 
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability  Unit code  Unit name  unit requirements 

S1  PHYS3003  Astrophysics and Space Science 

S1  PHYS3005  Quantum Computation  
S2  PHYS3011  Mathematical Physics  
S2  PHYS3012  Frontiers in Modern Physics 
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 require you to choose a degreespecific 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.
The following example illustrates how the Physics degreespecific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science course.
There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .
Choosing a second major
You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to reenrolling students. and Bachelor of Science courses, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.
The following example illustrates how the Physics degreespecific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Science course.
For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .