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2013 Physics - KYA

Physics is the fundamental science, which forms the foundation of engineering and technology, and provides a basis for an understanding of biology, chemistry, geology and other sciences. Physicists seek to find the basic laws which govern the universe from the workings of sub-atomic particles to clusters of galaxies. Physics generates fundamental knowledge needed for the future technological advances that will continue to drive the economic engines of the world. Physics contributes to the technological infrastructure and provides trained personnel needed to take advantage of scientific advances and discoveries. Physics is an important element in the education of chemists, engineers, geologists and computer scientists, as well as practitioners of the other physical and biomedical sciences. Physics extends and enhances our understanding of the other disciplines, such as the earth, agriculture, chemical, biological and environmental sciences.

Career outcomes

With a major in physics, employment possibilities are present in: Antarctic Science, Astronomy and Space science, Biophysics and Biotechnology, Education and Teaching, Electronics and Computing, Environment, Forensic Science, Geophysics , Industrial Research, Journalism , Management, Materials Science, Medical and Hospital Physics, Meteorology, Nuclear Physics, Oceanography, Patents

A university physics education (not necessarily a full major) will enhance employment opportunities in a wide range of fields, including teaching, electronics and computing.

The School of Mathematics and Physics offers units for students who intend to make physics their career and for those who need physics to support their studies in other disciplines.

Students who wish to major in other disciplines will find that physics provides them with important basic knowledge and skills such as general problem solving and laboratory techniques.

For advice on the choice of units, students should consult the physics staff. Second and third year students should consult lecturers before buying expensive textbooks.

For more detailed information about Physics units see the physics web pages, starting at

Professional association

The Australian Institute of Physics is the professional organisation of Australian physicists.

Theme Areas

Concepts from physics underpin most of the physical sciences and engineering, and are growing in importance in the biological and health sciences. Second and third year physics units provide essential background for the physical science aspects of atmospheric and oceanic modelling work undertaken in the theme area of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies and the astrophysics undertaken in the Frontier Technologies theme area. A more detailed study of fluid mechanics is given in the unit KYA315 Fluid Mechanics, and this material underpins the study of meteorology and oceanography.

Fourth Year - Honours in Physics

Admission to Honours depends on satisfactory performance in an approved course. all enrolments are subject to school approval.

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