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Physics Major


Provides students with a thorough background in fundamental and advanced physics with a strong emphasis on scientific instrumentation, measurement and analytical skills.

The major is designed to meet industries' need for capable, dynamic and innovative graduates with well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills and a sound theoretical knowledge in physics. It gives students a hands-on and practical understanding of physics with laboratory-based programs and projects to encourage practical learning.

Special entry requirements

All applicants are required to have Physics ATAR, with equivalents considered, and have Mathematics: Methods ATAR, with equivalents considered.





Mount Lawley

South West (Bunbury)


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Major details

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical physics situations.
  2. Communicate disciplinary knowledge and values in professional and public contexts.
  3. Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity.
  4. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice
  5. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate solutions to theoretical and practical physics problems.
  6. Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex physics problems.
  7. Use scientific and digital technologies and literacies to access, investigate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  8. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values, including Indigenous cultural competence.


Students are required to complete:

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCP1111Physics of Motion15
SCP1112Waves and Electricity15
SCP2211Modern Physics15
SCP3319Physics Project15
Plus 3 units from:
ENS1162 ^Electrical Engineering 1A15
MAT1236 ^Calculus 115
ENM2104 ^Instrumentation and Measurement15
ENS2108 ^Mechanical Science15
SCP2343 ^Intermediate Physics15
Unit Code Unit TitleCredit Points
Plus 1 Level 3000 (or above) unit from the School of Science or School of Engineering, suitable units include:
SCP3318Advanced Physics15
ENS3190Mechanics of Solids15
MAT3486Multivariate Calculus15
ENS3180Finite Element Methods15
ENS3447Propagation and Antennas15

Notes: Students are advised to consult with the Physics Coordinator for the selection of the most appropriate Core Option and Recommended Elective units. Students considering undertaking Honours in Physics should consider taking additional physics, mathematics or engineering units as their electives in the Bachelor of Science course, in consultation with the Physics Coordinator.

^ Core Option

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities go beyond positions with a specific description of Physicist. Additional employment opportunities include (but are not restricted to) science professionals in High Schools, teaching positions in High Schools and Universities, economic analysis positions in banks, analysts in the petrochemical industry, medical physicists in hospitals, etc.

Possible future job titles

Physicist, Astronomer, Secondary Teacher, Applications Engineer, Data Analyst, Lab Technician, Systems Analyst, Optical Engineer

This Major can be studied in the following courses


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