Physics

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Physics

For a major in Physics, the minimum requirement is 24 credit points from senior units of study listed in this subject area which must include:
(i) One Semester 1 Core unit (PHYS3040/3940/3941); and
(ii) One Semester 2 Core unit (PHYS3090/3990/3991); and
(iii) Two other non-overlapping senior Physics units listed below (chosen from PHYS30XX/39XX).
Please note: COSC3011/3911 cannot be counted towards the Physics major, however, is available as an elective.
Please refer to the Science Faculty website for details of the major, http://sydney.edu.au/science/
Junior units of study
COSC1003
Introduction to Computational Science
6    A HSC Mathematics, Linear Algebra
N COSC1903
Semester 2
COSC1903
Introduction to Computational Sci (Adv)
6    A HSC Mathematics, Linear Algebra
P ATAR of at least 90 or at least a distinction in INFO1003 or INFO1903.
N COSC1003
Semester 2
PHYS1001
Physics 1 (Regular)
6    A HSC Physics
C Recommended concurrent Units of Study: (MATH1001 or MATH1901) and (MATH1002 or MATH1902)
N PHYS1002, PHYS1901, EDUH1017
Semester 1
PHYS1901
Physics 1A (Advanced)
6    P UAI (or ATAR equivalent) of at least 96, or HSC Physics result in Band 6, or PHYS1902, or Distinction or better in (PHYS1003 or PHYS1004) or an equivalent unit.
C Recommended concurrent Units of Study: (MATH1001 or MATH1901) and (MATH1002 or MATH1902).
N PHYS1001, PHYS1002, EDUH1017
Semester 1
PHYS1002
Physics 1 (Fundamentals)
6    A No assumed knowledge of Physics
C Recommended concurrent Units of Study: (MATH1001 or MATH1901) and (MATH1002 or MATH1902)
N PHYS1001, PHYS1901, EDUH1017
Semester 1
PHYS1902
Physics 1B (Advanced)
6    P UAI (or ATAR equivalent) of at least 96, or HSC Physics result in Band 6, or PHYS1901, or Distinction or better in (PHYS1001 or PHYS1002) or an equivalent unit.
C Recommended concurrent unit of study: (MATH1003 or MATH1903) and (MATH1005 or MATH1905).
N PHYS1003, PHYS1004


It is recommended that PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 be completed before this unit
Semester 2
PHYS1003
Physics 1 (Technological)
6    A HSC Physics or PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 or equivalent.
C Recommended concurrent Units of Study: (MATH1003 or MATH1903) and (MATH1005 or MATH1905).
N PHYS1004, PHYS1902


It is recommended that PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 be completed before this unit
Semester 2
PHYS1004
Physics 1 (Environmental & Life Science)
6    A HSC Physics or PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 or equivalent.
C Recommended concurrent Units of Study: (MATH1003 or MATH1903) and (MATH1005 or MATH1905).
N PHYS1003, PHYS1902


It is recommended that PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 be completed before this unit
Semester 2
PHYS1500
Astronomy
6   

No assumed knowledge of Physics.
Semester 2
Intermediate units of study
PHYS2011
Physics 2A
6    A (MATH1001 or MATH1901) and (MATH1002 or MATH1902) and (MATH1003 or MATH1903). MATH1005 or MATH1905 would also be useful
P 12 credit points of Junior Physics (excluding PHYS1500)
N PHYS2001, PHYS2901, PHYS2911, PHYS2213, PHYS2203
Semester 1
PHYS2911
Physics 2A (Advanced)
6    A (MATH1901 or MATH1001) and (MATH1902 or MATH1002) and (MATH1903 or MATH1003). MATH1905 or MATH1005 would also be useful
P Credit or better average across (PHYS1901 or PHYS1001 or PHYS1002) and (PHYS1902 or PHYS1003 or PHYS1004).
N PHYS2901, PHYS2001, PHYS2011, PHYS2101, PHYS2103, PHYS2213, PHYS2203
Semester 1
PHYS2012
Physics 2B
6    A (MATH1001 or MATH1901) and (MATH1002 or MATH1902) and (MATH1003 or MATH1903). MATH1005 or MATH1905 would also be useful
P (PHYS1003 or PHYS1004 or PHYS1902) and (PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 or PHYS2011 or PHYS2911)
N PHYS2102, PHYS2104, PHYS2902, PHYS2002, PHYS2912, PHYS2213, PHYS2203
Semester 2
PHYS2013
Astrophysics and Relativity
6    A (MATH1001 or MATH1901) and (MATH1002 or MATH1902) and (MATH1003 or MATH1903). MATH1005 or MATH1905 would also be useful
P (PHYS1003 or PHYS1004 or PHYS1902) and (PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 or PHYS2011 or PHYS2911)
C PHYS2012 or PHYS2912
N PHYS2001, PHYS2901, PHYS2913, PHYS2101, PHYS2103
Semester 2
PHYS2912
Physics 2B (Advanced)
6    A (MATH1001 or MATH1901) and (MATH1002 or MATH1902) and (MATH1003 or MATH1903).MATH1005 or MATH1905 would also be useful
P Credit or better average across (PHYS1003 or PHYS1004 or PHYS1902) and (PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 or PHYS2001 or PHYS2901 or PHYS2011 or PHYS2911).
N PHYS2102, PHYS2104, PHYS2902, PHYS2002, PHYS2012, PHYS2213, PHYS2203
Semester 2
PHYS2913
Astrophysics and Relativity (Advanced)
6    A (MATH1001 or MATH1901) and (MATH1002 or MATH1902) and (MATH1003 or MATH1903). MATH1005 or MATH1905 would also be useful.
P Credit or better average across (PHYS1003 or PHYS1004 or PHYS1902) and (PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 or PHYS2011 or PHYS2911)
C PHYS2912 or PHYS2012.
N PHYS2001, PHYS2901, PHYS2013, PHYS2101, PHYS2103
Semester 2
Senior units of study
PHYS3015
Topics in Senior Physics A
6    A 6 credit points of Intermediate Mathematics
P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912)

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
PHYS3025
Topics in Senior Physics B
6    A 6 credit points of Intermediate Mathematics
P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912)

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
PHYS3039
Quantum Physics/Comp. Physics & Lab
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912)
N PHYS3939, PHYS3042, PHYS3942, PHYS3043, PHYS3943, PHYS3044, PHYS3944, PHYS3060, PHYS3960, PHYS3961, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, COSC3011, COSC3911
Semester 1
PHYS3040
Electromagnetism and Physics Lab
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911), (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912), (MATH2061 or MATH2961 or MATH2067)
N PHYS3940, PHYS3941
Semester 1
PHYS3042
Quantum Physics/Astrophysics/Plasma
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912); (MATH2061 or MATH2961 or MATH2067)
C PHYS3040 or PHYS3940 or PHYS3941
N PHYS3039, PHYS3939, PHYS3942, PHYS3043, PHYS3943, PHYS3044, PHYS3944, PHYS3047, PHYS3947, PHYS3048, PHYS3948, PHYS3054, PHYS3954, PHYS3055, PHYS3955, PHYS3059, PHYS3959, PHYS3060, PHYS3960, PHYS3961, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3064, PHYS3964, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3066, PHYS3966, PHYS3071, PHYS3971, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982
Semester 1
PHYS3043
Quantum Physics/Astrop/Comp. Physics
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912); (MATH2061 or MATH2961 or MATH2067)
N PHYS3039, PHYS3939, PHYS3042, PHYS3942, PHYS3943, PHYS3044, PHYS3944, PHYS3060, PHYS3960, PHYS3961, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3064, PHYS3964, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3066, PHYS3966, PHYS3071, PHYS3971, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982, COSC3011, COSC3911
Semester 1
PHYS3044
Quantum Physics/Plasma/Comp. Physics
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912); MATH2061 or MATH2961 or MATH2067
C (PHYS3040 or PHYS3940 or PHYS3941)
N PHYS3039, PHYS3939, PHYS3042, PHYS3942, PHYS3043, PHYS3943, PHYS3944, PHYS3047, PHYS3947, PHYS3048, PHYS3948, PHYS3054, PHYS3954, PHYS3055, PHYS3955, PHYS3059, PHYS3959, PHYS3060, PHYS3960, PHYS3961, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, COSC3011, COSC3911
Semester 1
PHYS3068
Condensed Matter Phys/Optics & Lab
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912); (PHYS3042 or PHYS3942 or PHYS3043 or PHYS3943 or PHYS3044 or PHYS3944); (PHYS3040 or PHYS3940 or PHYS3941)
C (PHYS3090 or PHYS3990 or PHYS3991)
N PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3063, PHYS3963, PHYS3064, PHYS3964, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3066, PHYS3966, PHYS3067, PHYS3967, PHYS3968, PHYS3069, PHYS3969, PHYS3074, PHYS3974, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3080, PHYS3980, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982
Semester 2
PHYS3069
High Energy Physics/Optics & Lab
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) and (PHYS2013 or PHYS2913); (PHYS3042 or PHYS3942 or PHYS3043 or PHYS3943 or PHYS3044 or PHYS3944); (PHYS3040 or PHYS3940 or PHYS3941)
N PHYS3046, PHYS3946, PHYS3047, PHYS3947, PHYS3049, PHYS3949, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, PHYS3063, PHYS3963, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3066, PHYS3966, PHYS3068, PHYS3968, PHYS3969, PHYS3071, PHYS3971, PHYS3074, PHYS3974, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3080, PHYS3980, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982
Semester 2
PHYS3074
Condensed Matter/High Energy & Lab
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) and (PHYS2013 or PHYS2913); (PHYS3042 or PHYS3942 or PHYS3043 or PHYS3943 or PHYS3044 or PHYS3944)
C (PHYS3090 or PHYS3990 or PHYS3991)
N PHYS3046, PHYS3946, PHYS3047, PHYS3947, PHYS3049, PHYS3949, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3063, PHYS3963, PHYS3064, PHYS3964, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3067, PHYS3967, PHYS3068, PHYS3968, PHYS3069, PHYS3969, PHYS3071, PHYS3971, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, PHYS3974, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3080, PHYS3980, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982
Semester 2
PHYS3080
Condensed Matter/High Energy/Optics
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) and (PHYS2013 or PHYS2913); (PHYS3042 or PHYS3942 or PHYS3043 or PHYS3943 or PHYS3044 or PHYS3944); (PHYS3040 or PHYS3940 or PHYS3941)
C (PHYS3090 or PHYS3990 or PHYS3991)
N PHYS3046, PHYS3946, PHYS3047, PHYS3947, PHYS3049, PHYS3949, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3063, PHYS3963, PHYS3064, PHYS3964, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3066, PHYS3966, PHYS3067, PHYS3967, PHYS3068, PHYS3968, PHYS3069, PHYS3969, PHYS3071, PHYS3971, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, PHYS3074, PHYS3974, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3980, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982
Semester 2
PHYS3090
Statistical Mechanics & Physics Lab
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912)
N PHYS3990, PHYS3991
Semester 2
PHYS3099
Stat. Mechanics/Cond. Matter & Lab
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) and (PHYS3039 or PHYS3939)
N PHYS3090, PHYS3990, PHYS3999, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3068, PHYS3968, PHYS3074, PHYS3974, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3080, PHYS3980, PHYS3081, PHYS3981
Semester 2
PHYS3915
Topics in Senior Physics A (Advanced)
6    A 6 credit points of Intermediate Mathematics
P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) with average of at least 70

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
PHYS3925
Topics in Senior Physics B (Advanced)
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) with average of at least 70

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
PHYS3939
Quantum Physics/Comp. Phys. & Lab (Adv)
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912), with average of at least 70.
N PHYS3039, PHYS3042, PHYS3942, PHYS3043, PHYS3943, PHYS3044, PHYS3944, PHYS3060, PHYS3960, PHYS3961, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, COSC3011, COSC3911
Semester 1
PHYS3940
Electromagnetism and Physics Lab (Adv)
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) with average of at least 70; (MATH2061 or MATH2961 or MATH2067)
N PHYS3040, PHYS3941
Semester 1
PHYS3941
Electromagnetism & Special Project (Adv)
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) with average of at least 70; (MATH2061 or MATH2961 or MATH2067)
N PHYS3040, PHYS3940, PHYS3961, PHYS3011, PHYS3911, PHYS3918, PHYS3928

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Approval for this unit must be obtained from the School of Physics Senior Coordinator.
Semester 1
PHYS3942
Quantum Physics/Astrophysics/Plasma(Adv)
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) with average of at least 70; (MATH2061 or MATH2961 or MATH2067)
C (PHYS3040 or PHYS3940 or PHYS3941)
N PHYS3039, PHYS3939, PHYS3042, PHYS3043, PHYS3943, PHYS3044, PHYS3944, PHYS3047, PHYS3947, PHYS3048, PHYS3948, PHYS3054, PHYS3954, PHYS3055, PHYS3955, PHYS3059, PHYS3959, PHYS3060, PHYS3960, PHYS3961, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3064, PHYS3964, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3066, PHYS3966, PHYS3071, PHYS3971, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982
Semester 1
PHYS3943
Quantum Physics/Astrop/Comp. Phys. (Adv)
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) with average of at least 70; MATH2061 or MATH2961 or MATH2067
N PHYS3039, PHYS3939, PHYS3042, PHYS3942, PHYS3043, PHYS3044, PHYS3944, PHYS3060, PHYS3960, PHYS3961, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3064, PHYS3964, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3066, PHYS3966, PHYS3071, PHYS3971, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982, COSC3011, COSC3911
Semester 1
PHYS3944
Quantum Physics/Plasma/Comp. Phys. (Adv)
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) with average of at least 70; MATH2061 or MATH2961 or MATH2067
C PHYS3040 or PHYS3940 or PHYS3941
N PHYS3039, PHYS3939, PHYS3042, PHYS3942, PHYS3043, PHYS3943, PHYS3044, PHYS3047, PHYS3947, PHYS3048, PHYS3948, PHYS3054, PHYS3954, PHYS3055, PHYS3955, PHYS3059, PHYS3959, PHYS3060, PHYS3960, PHYS3961, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, COSC3011, COSC3911
Semester 1
PHYS3968
Condensed Matter Phys/Optics & Lab (Adv)
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912), with average = 70; (PHYS3042 or PHYS3942 or PHYS3043 or PHYS3943 or PHYS3044 or PHYS3944); (PHYS3040 or PHYS3940 or PHYS3941)
C (PHYS3090 or PHYS3990 or PHYS3991)
N PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3063, PHYS3963, PHYS3064, PHYS3964, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3066, PHYS3966, PHYS3067, PHYS3967, PHYS3068, PHYS3069, PHYS3969, PHYS3074, PHYS3974, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3080, PHYS3980, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982
Semester 2
PHYS3969
High Energy Physics/Optics & Lab (Adv)
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) and (PHYS2013 or PHYS2913), with average = 70; (PHYS3042 or PHYS3942 or PHYS3043 or PHYS3943 or PHYS3044 or PHYS3944); (PHYS3040 or PHYS3940 or PHYS3941)
N PHYS3046, PHYS3946, PHYS3047, PHYS3947, PHYS3049, PHYS3949, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, PHYS3063, PHYS3963, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3066, PHYS3966, PHYS3068, PHYS3968, PHYS3069, PHYS3071, PHYS3971, PHYS3074, PHYS3974, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3080, PHYS3980, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982
Semester 2
PHYS3974
Condensed Matter/High Energy & Lab (Adv)
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) and (PHYS2013 or PHYS2913), with average = 70; (PHYS3042 or PHYS3942 or PHYS3043 or PHYS3943 or PHYS3044 or PHYS3944)
C (PHYS3090 or PHYS3990 or PHYS3991)
N PHYS3046, PHYS3946, PHYS3047, PHYS3947, PHYS3049, PHYS3949, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3063, PHYS3963, PHYS3064, PHYS3964, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3067, PHYS3967, PHYS3068, PHYS3968, PHYS3069, PHYS3969, PHYS3071, PHYS3971, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, PHYS3074, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3080, PHYS3980, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982
Semester 2
PHYS3980
Condensed Matter/High Energy/Optics(Adv)
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) and (PHYS2013 or PHYS2913), with average = 70; (PHYS3042 or PHYS3942 or PHYS3043 or PHYS3943 or PHYS3044 or PHYS3944); (PHYS3040 or PHYS3940 or PHYS3941)
C (PHYS3090 or PHYS3990 or PHYS3991)
N PHYS3046, PHYS3946, PHYS3047, PHYS3947, PHYS3049, PHYS3949, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3063, PHYS3963, PHYS3064, PHYS3964, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3066, PHYS3966, PHYS3067, PHYS3967, PHYS3068, PHYS3968, PHYS3069, PHYS3969, PHYS3071, PHYS3971, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, PHYS3074, PHYS3974, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3080, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982
Semester 2
PHYS3990
Statistical Mechanics & Phys. Lab (Adv)
6    P An average of at least 70 marks across (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912)
N PHYS3090, PHYS3991
Semester 2
PHYS3991
Statistical Mechanics & Project (Adv)
6    P Average mark of at least 70 across (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912).
N PHYS3090, PHYS3990

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
PHYS3999
Stat. Mechanics/Cond. Matter & Lab (Adv)
6    P (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) with average of at least 70; (PHYS3039 or PHYS3939)
N PHYS3090, PHYS3990, PHYS3099, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3068, PHYS3968, PHYS3074, PHYS3974, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3080, PHYS3980, PHYS3081, PHYS3981
Semester 2
COSC3011
Scientific Computing
6    A Programming experience in MATLAB.
P 12 credit points chosen from Junior Mathematics and Statistics, 12 credit points of Intermediate units in Science subject areas.
N COSC3911, COSC3001, COSC3901, PHYS3301, PHYS3901, PHYS3043, PHYS3943, PHYS3044, PHYS3944, PHYS3039, PHYS3939
Semester 1
COSC3911
Scientific Computing (Advanced)
6    A Programming experience in MATLAB.
P 12 credit points chosen from Junior Mathematics and Statistics, 12 credit points of Intermediate units in Science subject areas with a credit average.
N COSC3011, COSC3001, COSC3901, PHYS3301, PHYS3901, PHYS3043, PHYS3943, PHYS3044, PHYS3944, PHYS3039, PHYS3939
Semester 1