Physics

Physics is concerned with our universe at both the macro and micro levels. By majoring in physics you will develop a detailed understanding of the physical laws that underpin the structure of matter and the nature of the universe.

By majoring in physics you will:

  • study fundamental physics, ranging from Newtonian to quantum physics
  • conduct experiments in our advanced teaching labs in areas including atomic and nuclear physics, optics and electromagnetism
  • develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • pursue your interest in areas such as astrophysics, space and atmospheric physics, computational physics, optics and lasers, photonics, and nuclear and particle physics
  • learn from international researchers, including the team that worked on the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of gravitational waves.

Combine your critical thinking and problem-solving skills with physics knowledge and expertise to work in optics and laser industries, scientific computing, telecommunications, space and astronomy programs, forensic science, defence, health and environmental industries, medical physics, data science applications, and in research.

The problem solving and data analysis skills developed in this major are highly sought after in a wide range of non-scientific careers.

Degrees that offer this study area

Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Chemical) with Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Civil) with Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Electrical & Electronic) with Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Environmental) with Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Mechanical) with Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Mining) with Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Petroleum) with Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
Bachelor of Teaching (Middle) with Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Bachelor of Teaching (Middle) with Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Economics
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Science

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