Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

Undergraduate Physics

Our BSc in Physics provides students with a strong foundation in all major areas of the discipline. We emphasize analytic thinking and problem solving, and encourage active engagement of students with teaching staff. Lecture courses are integrated with problem solving workshops and tutorials. Dedicated laboratory papers are problem-based and develop student’s practical and technical skills.

Structure of BSc in Physics

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Physics

Level Papers Points
100-level

PHSI 131  Fundamentals of Physics I  or  PHSI 191 Biological Physics

PHSI 132  Fundamentals of Physics II

MATH 160  Mathematics 1

MATH 170  Mathematics 2

18

18

18

18

200-level

PHSI 221  Classical and Quantum Mechanics*

PHSI 222  Electromagnetism*

One of

One of

*Further information will be available for these papers in early September.

18

18

18

 

 

 

18

300-level

PHSI 381  Experimental Physics II

Three of

  • PHSI 331  Quantum, Atomic and Particle Physics
  • PHSI 332  Electromagnetism and Condensed Matter
  • PHSI 336  Mathematical Physics
  • PHSI 365  Computational Physics
  • OCEN 321  Ocean Physics and Modelling

18

54

Plus

144 further points, must include 18 points at 200-level or above. Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science.

Notes:
(i) PHSI 191 assumes an understanding of NCEA Level 2 Physics; PHSI 131 and 132 assume an understanding of NCEA Level 3 Physics and Mathematics.
(ii) Qualified candidates may substitute ELEC 253 or PHSI 243 for PHSI 131 with approval from the Head of Department.
(iii) It is recommended to take both of MATH 202, 203.
(iv) MATH 203 is a prerequisite for PHSI 336.

144
Total   360

More information on qualifications in Physics can be found here.

All Undergraduate Papers

Physics papers
Energy Science and Technology / Energy Management