PHSN (Matric Yr 2022-2023)

BSc in Physics / Applied Physics
with Second Major in Sustainability

Curriculum (Matriculation Year 2022-2023)

Curriculum Overview

Course TypeAcademic Units (AU)
Option with PA & FYPOption with PI without FYPOption with PI & FYP
Core Courses61 AU61 AU61 AU

Prescribed Electives for Physics or Applied Physics

Students must take at least 3 AU of PH4XXXX course from the Prescribed Electives courses.

13 AU

8 AU

13 AU

Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core: Common Core17 AU17 AU17 AU
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core: Foundational Core10 AU15 AU15 AU

Broadening and Deepening Electives (BDE)
Second Major courses will be read under BDEs.

30 AU30 AU30 AU
Total131 AU131 AU136 AU

Notes:

  • Must read either Professional Attachment (PH4416) during Special Terms or the semester long internship Professional Internship (PH4420​).
  • Must read either Final Year Project (PH4421) or Professional Internship (PH4420​).
  • A grade of A- or better in the Final Year Project is required to be eligible for Honours (Highest Distinction).
  • All common core and graduate level courses cannot be mapped to exchange courses. PH4XXX courses can only be mapped to exchange courses as BDE, unless the exchange course is a graduate-level course. Please refer to this page for more information.

Core Courses

Year 1
PH1104 - Mechanics3 AUSem 1
PH1105 - Optics, Vibrations and Waves3 AUSem 1
PH1198 - Physics Lab Ia2 AUSem 1
MH1802 - Calculus for the Sciences4 AUSem 1
HW0001 - Introduction to Academic Communication
(For students who have not passed or been exempted from the Qualifying English Test)
0 AUSem 1
PH1106 - Electricity and Magnetism3 AUSem 2
PH1199 - Physics Lab Ib2 AUSem 2
MH1803 - Calculus for Physics4 AUSem 2
Year 2
PH1107 - Relativity and Quantum Physics3 AUSem 1
PH2103 - Thermal Physics4 AUSem 1
PH2198 - Physics Lab IIa2 AUSem 1
MH2802 - Linear Algebra for Scientists3 AUSem 1
PS0001 - Introduction to Computational Thinking3 AUSem 1
PH2101 - Quantum Mechanics I3 AUSem 2
PH2199 - Physics Lab IIb2 AUSem 2
MH2801 - Complex Methods for the Sciences3 AUSem 2
PS0002 - Introduction to Data Science and Artificial Intelligence3 AUSem 2
Year 3
PH2102 - Electromagnetism
4 AU
Sem 1
PH2104 - Analytical Mechanics4 AUSem 1
PH3101 - Quantum Mechanics II4 AUSem 1
PH3103 - Technological Applications of Quantum Mechanics3 AUSem 1
PH3199 - Physics Lab IIIa2 AUSem 2


Prescribed Electives for Physics

Semester 1
PH3403 - Astrophysics and Cosmology4 AU
PH3404 - Physics of Classical and Quantum Information3 AU
PH3501 - Fluid Mechanics4 AU
PH4403 - Surfaces and Interfaces4 AU
PH4408 - Nuclear Physics3 AU
PH4411 - Introduction to Experimental Particle Physics3 AU
PH7002 - Concepts in Statistical Mechanics4 AU
PH7003 - Graduate Solid State Physics4 AU
PH7006 - Classical Electrodynamics4 AU
PH7011 - Nonlinear Dynamics4 AU
PH7014 - Optical Spectroscopic Techniques4 AU
PH7027 - Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy4 AU
Semester 2
PH3401 - Atomic Physics4 AU
PH3406 - Open Quantum Systems4 AU
PH3407 - Introduction to Plasma Physics3 AU
PH3408 - Signal and Noise in Biology3 AU
PH3502 - Dynamical System Theory with Chaos and Fractals4 AU
PH4404 - Nanoscale Physics3 AU
PH4409 - Quantum Electronics4 AU
PH4414 - Introduction to Spintronics4 AU
PH4418 - Physics in the Industry4 AU
PH4508 - Introduction to General Relativity3 AU
PH4509 - Quantum Field Theory with applications in Condensed Matter Physics4 AU
PH7013 - Advanced Numerical Methods for Physicists4 AU
PH7015 - Advanced Optics4 AU
PH7021 - Quantum Information4 AU
PH7024 - Graduate Quantum Mechanics4 AU
Semester 1 & 2
PH4421 - Final Year Project10 AU
PH4507 - Topics in Physics3 AU
PH4510 - Topics in Physics II3 AU

Prescribed Electives for Applied Physics (APHY)

Semester 1
PH3403 – Astrophysics and Cosmology4 AU
PH3404 - Physics of Classical and Quantum Information3 AU
PH3601 - Fabrication of Micro- and Nanoelectronic Devices4 AU
PH3602 - Photonics4 AU
PH4403 - Surfaces and Interfaces4 AU
PH4408 - Nuclear Physics3 AU
PH4411 - Introduction to Experimental Particle Physics3 AU
PH4414 - Introduction to Spintronics4 AU
PH4607/CM4017 - Biomedical Imaging and Sensing3 AU
PH7002 - Concepts in Statistical Mechanics4 AU
PH7003 - Graduate Solid State Physics4 AU
PH7006 - Classical Electrodynamics4 AU
PH7011 - Nonlinear Dynamics4 AU
PH7014 - Optical Spectroscopic Techniques4 AU
PH7027 - Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy4 AU
Semester 2
PH3401 - Atomic Physics4 AU
PH3406 - Open Quantum Systems4 AU
PH3407 - Introduction to Plasma Physics3 AU
PH3408 - Signal and Noise in Biology3 AU
PH3603 - Biophysics3 AU
PH4404 - Nanoscale Physics3 AU
PH4409 - Quantum Electronics4 AU
PH4418 - Physics in the Indsutry4 AU
PH4601 - Physics of Semiconductor and Spintronics Devices4 AU
PH4603 - Soft Condensed Matter Physics3 AU
PH4605 - Medical Physics for Radiotherapy4 AU
PH4608 - Plasmonics and Metamaterials3 AU
PH7013 - Advanced Numerical Methods for Physicists4 AU
PH7015 - Advanced Optics4 AU
PH7021 - Quantum Information4 AU
PH7024 - Graduate Quantum Mechanics4 AU
Semester 1 & 2
PH4421 - Final Year Project10 AU
PH4604 - Topics in Applied Physics3 AU
PH4609 - Topics in Applied Physics II3 AU

Second Major Courses

To be awarded the Second Major in Sustainability, students must read a minimum total of 30 AU as Broadening and Deepening Electives (BDEs), comprising:

  • 5 core courses (5 courses x 3 AU = 15 AU): 1 core course in each knowledge area (People, Planet, Profit, Practice, Policy).
  • A minimum total of 12 AU from elective courses.
  • Interdisciplinary Project (3 AU) dedicated to a cross-school group work project, selected from a list of competitions and initiatives.

The list of courses can be found here.