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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 130  Fundamentals of Modern Mathematics 1

MATH 140  Fundamentals of Modern Mathematics 2

18

18

18

18

200-level

PHSI 221  Classical and Quantum Mechanics

PHSI 222  Electromagnetism

One of:

PHSI 243 Environmental Physics
PHSI 282 Experimental Physics 1
EMAN 201 Thermoprocesses 1

One of:

MATH 202  Linear Algebra
MATH 203  Calculus of Several Variables

18

18

18

 

 

 

18

300-level

PHSI 381  Experimental Physics II

Three of:

PHSI 331  Quantum, Atomic and Particle Physics
PHSI 336  Mathematical Physics
PHSI 341  Thermal and Condensed Matter Physics
PHSI 343  Waves in Physical Systems
PHSI 365  Computational Physics

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 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

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