Bachelor of Science, majoring in Physics

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Science, majoring in Physics

JCU's offers Physics educational opportunities that few universities could match.

The abilities you will learn at JCU to analyse, be innovative and solve problems in genuine, real-world situations are exactly the characteristics that are valued by employers in today's fast-changing world - and you will be able to gain these abilities at JCU.

With our proximity to the Wet and Dry Tropics, the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the tropical cyclone belt, as a student at JCU you have the perfect opportunities to experience and study these environments first hand.

As a student of Physics at JCU, you'll have amazing opportunities to participate in field trips and practical, real world projects that will impress employers around Australia and internationally. The degree is accredited by the Australian Institute of Physics.

You'll be taught and supported by Award-winning Physics lecturers and staff who are passionate about helping you to achieve success.

High achieving students have the option to enrol in JCU's prestigious Bachelor of Advanced Science.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February, July
Duration
3 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English, Maths B, Chemistry, Physics (or Maths C)
OP/Rank
16/65

Career opportunities

Today more than ever, Physics graduates are in demand. Careers in industrial, scientific and educational occupations in fields as diverse as health, meteorology, mining, environmental monitoring, energy production, telecommunications, computing, electronics, scientific instrumentation, communications, aerospace and education are open to Physics graduates. Even careers in video gaming, management consultancies and science museums require skills you'll learn during your Physics studies at JCU.

With JCU postgraduate qualifications, you'll have a whole world of career choices. You can specialise in atomic and molecular physics, marine physics, electromagnetic remote sensing, quantum transport in molecular nanoscale systems, positron physics, plasma physics, organic optoelectronics or gaseous and molecular electronics.

Membership to the Australian Institute of Physics will be yours upon graduation.

Course highlights

As a JCU student, your classes will be small, and you'll experience individual support from our Award-winning staff - professionals who are engaged in world-leading research. Not only that, you'll be able to participate in regular relaxed discussion groups with your lecturers, and you will be able to begin to build networks with JCU's expert academic and research staff and their industry networks.

When you're deciding where to study Physics, consider these benefits you'll gain by choosing JCU:

  • Amazing opportunities to be involved in diverse real-world research projects ­­­­- from atomic and molecular physics, molecular and organic electronics, plasma physics, oceanography, meteorology, to geophysics and spectroscopy. This research is funded by the Australian Research Council.  That means you can be immersed in diverse research ranging from fundamental electron and positron scattering through to biophysics, molecular electronics and organic solar cells and devices.
  • The chance to take part in real world projects, including working in tropical North Queensland's field-based laboratories in oceanography and meteorology.
  • Genuine industry practice opportunities that give you relevant skills and help you establish networks in medical physics, agriculture, fisheries and general consulting

Course overview

Your JCU Bachelor of Science in Physics is an accredited degree from the Australian Institute of Physics. JCU teaches a broad interdisciplinary curriculum that enables you to gain knowledge and skills that are relevant to today's industry needs, and helps you build networks that will assist you in your chosen career. You'll learn to think critically and be experimental, analytical and creative as you explore some of the universe's most challenging questions, like:

  • How did the universe begin?
  • What is happening to the earth's climate, and what roles do oceans play?
  • How do electrons and positrons move through biological matter and various devices?

Some of the fascinating Physics subject areas you can study at JCU are:

Joint degree options

Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in reduced time and can enhance their career prospects. At JCU, the Bachelor of Science degree can be combined as a joint degree in:

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (316711) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is representative of 2017 entry requirements and is therefore indicative only. Entry scores for 2018 will be finalised in the major offer round.

Subjects

BSc – Physics Major

Major code

BSC-PCS

Credit point value

24 credit points for single major

Other details

Not available for mid-year entry

The Mathematics minor must be selected when the Physics Major is chosen.

Major Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

PH1005:03 Advanced Stream Physics 1

PH1007:03 Advanced Stream Physics 2

Level 2

PH2002:03 Classical Mechanics and Quantum Physics 1

PH2019:03 Intro to Electromagnetism Optics & Early Quantum

PH2240:03 Atomic and Nuclear Physics

Level 3

PH3002:03 Quantum Physics 2

PH3008:03 Statistical Mechanics and Transport

PH3019:03 Electromagnetic Phenomena

Pathway into course

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years, part-time) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree course. The course is also designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first year degree subjects. Successful completion of the Diploma will give you a recognised qualification in its own right.

Graduating with the Diploma will also allow you to enter many JCU Bachelor degree programs and may give you credit, for some of the subjects you successfully complete.

Contact pathways@jcu.edu.au, if you have any questions or call Anne Chatelain (07) 47815740 in Townsville or Gabi Newman (07) 4232 1155 in Cairns.

Handbook

Bachelor of Science

Course code

115810

Course type

BAC – Bachelor Pass (AQF level 7)

Professional accreditation status

The Physics major for the Bachelor of Science is seeking accreditation by the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP). Once accredited, graduates will be automatically eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Physics.

The Chemistry major for this course is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).  Graduates will be eligible for non-corporate membership of RACI and, with an additional three years’ experience in chemistry, may be eligible to register as a Chartered Chemist with Corporate Membership of RACI.

Division

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Assumed Knowledge: English (4,SA); Maths B (4,SA)

Recommended Study: At least one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geography, Maths C or Physics

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional Course requirements

Applicants who have not completed high school intermediate level Mathematics B (or equivalent) must select MA1020: Preparatory Mathematics as part of their study plan to successfully complete the Bachelor of Science.

CH1020: Preparatory Chemistry may also need to be selected, depending on the major. Students must familiarise themselves with the subjects needed to complete their chosen major.

Students should undertake the above subject/s in block mode where available and be aware that restrictions may apply to electives if they wish to complete in the normal three (3) year timeframe. These preparatory subjects typically start earlier than the standard course commencement date. Contact JCU on 1800 246 446 for more information.

Post admission
requirements

Some majors require attendance at block mode or limited attendance subjects on either the Townsville or Cairns campus. If students must attend block-mode classes at a campus other than the one they are enrolled at, they are responsible for their own expenses.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

A maximum of 30 credit points may be taken at level 1.

A minimum of 18 credit points of science subjects must be taken at level 3 or higher.

Students may seek permission to enrol in one or more level 5 subjects.

Course learning outcomes

The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science at James Cook University will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent body of theoretical and technical knowledge, including underlying concepts and principles, in one or more science disciplines
  • Critically appraise the role and relevance of science in society, particularly in creating sustainable futures in the tropics, worldwide
  • Demonstrate broad understanding of the methods of science, including the creative processes involved in developing scientific knowledge, and its contestable and testable nature
  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources
  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools, as appropriate to one or more science disciplines
  • Organise, analyse and interpret scientific data using mathematical, statistical and technological skills
  • Convey scientific ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently through well-developed written and oral communication skills and a variety of media
  • Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems by applying scientific knowledge and skills with initiative and well-developed judgement
  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts
  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

SC1101:03 Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding

SC1102:03 Modelling Natural Systems or SC1109:03 Modelling Natural Systems-Advanced

Plus select 6 credit points of specified Level 1 subjects from List 1 (Breadth Subjects)

Level 2

SC2202:03 Quantitative Methods in Science or SC2209:03 Quantitative Methods in Science-Advanced

Plus select 3 credit points of specified Level 2 subjects from List 2 (Skill Subjects)

Level 3

SC3008:03 Professional Placement

SC3010:03 Wicked Problems in Science

List 1 (Breadth Subjects)

BM1000:03 Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology

BS1007:03 Introduction to Biodiversity or BZ1006:03 Diversity of Life

BS1001:03 Introduction to Biological Processes or BZ1005:03 Introduction to Ecology

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A central Science or CH1011:03 Chemistry for the Natural Sciences

CH1002:03 Chemistry: Principles and Applications

CP1401:03 Fundamentals of Problem Solving and Programming

EV1005:03 Environmental Processes and Global Change

EA1110:03 Evolution of the Earth

MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundation

MA1003:03 Mathematical Techniques

MA1009:03 Algebra and Calculus 2 (Students selecting MA1009: Algebra and Calculus 2 must also select MA1008: Algebra and Calculus 1 within the subsequent Enabling option)

PH1005:03 Advanced Stream Physics 1

PH1007:03 Advanced Stream Physics 2

List 2 (Skill Subjects)

CH2103:03 Analytical Chemistry

CP2404:03 Database Modelling

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

MA2201:03 Numerical Mathematics

PH2222:03 Sensors and Sensing for Scientists

PLUS

Select a Major from Table A

PLUS

Select one of the following Options

Option 1 (Second Major)

Select a second major from Table A

or

Option 2 (Minors)

Select a Science Minor from Table B that is different to your major

PLUS

Select a second Minor from Table B

or

Option 3 (Enabling)

Applicants who have not completed high school intermediate level Mathematics B (or equivalent) must select MA1020 Preparatory Mathematics to successfully complete the Bachelor of Science.

MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics or any Level 1, 2 or 3 subject

PLUS

Depending on the Major selected, applicants who have not completed high school Chemistry (or equivalent) must select CH1020 Preparatory Chemistry to successfully complete the Bachelor of Science.

CH1020:03 Preparatory Chemistry or any Level 1, 2 or 3 subjects

PLUS

Applicants who are undertaking MA1009: Algebra and Calculus 2 must select MA1008: Algebra and Calculus 1 to be able to successfully complete the Bachelor of Science:

MA1008:03 Algebra and Calculus 1 or any Level 1, 2 or 3 subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any Level 1, 2 or 3 subjects

PLUS

Select 9 credit points of any Level 2, 3 or 5 of AQ, BC, BM, BS, BZ, CH, CL, CP, CS, EA, EE, EV, MA, MB, ME, MI, PH or SC subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any Level 3 or 5 of AQ, BC, BM, BS, BZ, CH, CL, CP, CS, EA, EE, EV, MA, MB, ME, MI, PH or SC subjects

or

Option 4 (Electives)

Select 9 credit points of any level 2, 3 or 5 of AQ, BC, BM, BS, BZ, CH, CL, CP, CS, EA, EE, EV, MA, MB, ME, MI, PH or SC subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any level 3 or 5 of AQ, BC, BM, BS, BZ, CH, CL, CP, CS, EA, EE, EV, MA, MB, ME, MI, PH or SC subjects

PLUS

Select 12 credit points of any Level 1, 2 or 3 subjects or an Inter-disciplinary Minor

Table A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single or double

Credit points in major

24 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Aquaculture Science and Technology

Townsville

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns

Chemistry

Townsville

Students undertaking this Major will have successfully completed senior Chemistry and Maths B or equivalent, or will need to complete preparatory subject/s within this course structure

Not available for mid-year entry

Earth Science

Cairns

Townsville

 

Marine Biology

Townsville

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns

Mathematics

Townsville

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns

Students undertaking this Major will have successfully completed senior Maths B or equivalent, or will need to complete the preparatory Maths subject within this course structure

Molecular and Cell Biology

Townsville

Students undertaking this Major will have successfully completed senior Chemistry or equivalent, or will need to complete the preparatory Chemistry subject within this course structure

Physics

Townsville

The Mathematics minor is compulsory for students studying the Physics major

Students undertaking this Major will have successfully completed senior Maths B or equivalent, or will need to complete the preparatory Maths subject within this course structure

Not available for mid-year entry

Zoology and Ecology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Table B (MINORS)

Type of minor

Single or Double

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

MINOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Advanced Chemistry

Townsville

Advanced Mathematics

Townsville

Advanced Physics

Townsville

Aquaculture Science & Technology

Townsville

Due to prerequisites, this minor is only available to those students studying a biological sciences major (Marine Biology or Zoology & Ecology)

Chemistry

Townsville

 

Environmental Geochemistry

Townsville

Exploration

Townsville

 

Field Studies in Earth Sciences

Townsville

 

Fisheries

Townsville

Marine Biology

Townsville

Due to prerequisites, this minor is only available to those students studying a biological sciences major (Aquaculture or Zoology & Ecology).

Marine & Environmental Science and Sensors

Townsville

Mathematics

Townsville

This minor is compulsory for students studying the Physics major

Physical Geography

Cairns

Townsville

Physics

Townsville

Zoology and Ecology

Cairns

Townsville

Due to prerequisites, this minor is only available to  students studying a biological sciences major (Aquaculture or Marine Biology).

Inter-Disciplinary Minors

Cairns

Townsville

Please refer to list for details of all minors available for selection

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Not all majors and minors available in Cairns

Mid-year entry is not available in Cairns for students who require the preparatory maths subject.

Townsville

Mid-year entry may have an early start date. Students who enrol mid-year and need to complete the preparatory Maths subject must take MA1020 in Study Period 7 if they wish to complete the course within 3 years.

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

9 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years

Progression

Course progression
requisites

Must successfully complete 18 credit points of level 1 and 2 science subjects before attempting any level 3 science subject

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Yes

Special assessment
requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation
requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

3 credit points

One PC grade only may be awarded with approval of College or Division examiners meeting, to allow a student to graduate, and that PC grade must not contribute to a core subject or a major.

Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures

Maximum allowed

48 credit points

Except where a student transfers from one JCU award to another, then advanced standing may be granted for more than two-thirds of the new award, where there is subject equivalence between the awards

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 19 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 6 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3.

A maximum of 12 credit points of advanced standing may be granted for subjects outside the Science Schedule of Subjects.

Advanced Standing will not be granted for MA1020:03, CH1020:03 or PH1001:03

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

Approved abbreviation

BSc

Inclusion of majors on
testamur

Major/s studied will appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Available as an additional 24 credit points of study [end-on]

Eligibility

By invitation of the College Dean

Normally a minimum overall GPA of 5.5 (i.e. credit average) is required across the bachelor degree, with credits or better in the discipline specific areas.

Quota restrictions on the number of honours places available may apply from time to time as determined by the College Dean.

Honours

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Refer to the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

What is Physics?

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.