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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.

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Unit set overview



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online



Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCP1111Physics of Motion15
SCP1112Waves and Electricity15
SCP2343Intermediate Physics15
SCP2211Modern Physics15
SCP3318Advanced Physics15
SCI3150Science Project15
Unit Code Unit TitleCredit Points
Plus 2 units from:
ENS1162Electrical Engineering 1A15
MAT1250Mathematics 115
ENM2104Instrumentation and Measurement15
ENS2108Mechanical Science15

Notes: In SCI3150 Science Project, students must complete a physics-based project. Students are advised to consult with the Physics Coordinator for the selection of the most appropriate 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.

For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Learning Outcomes

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

Career Opportunities

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, Teacher, Lecturer, Professor, Researcher.

This Major can be studied in the following courses

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