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Undergraduate Double Degree Major
- Physics Double Degree Major (BSc/BA, BSc/BCom)
- Admission criteria
- Minimum ATAR 80
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
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This Physics double degree major will interest students who are fascinated by fundamental questions about the physical structure and functions of the universe, what it consists of and how it works. Physics attempts to answer questions about things such as the intricate structure of matter and the nature of radiation and how they interact with each other. It also seeks to explain relationships between the smallest and largest structures, between forces, and energy in the Universe. Students will gain a large number of practical skills such as planning and conducting physical science experiments, real world computation and quantitative problem solving, and scientific communication, which find application in a wide range of careers.
This course sits within the double degree combination of Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts, and also the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Commerce. Applicants have the choice of which double degree combination they would like to study.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
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- Computational physicist
- Computer programmer
- Materials analyst
- Remote-sensing scientist
- Optical radiation physicist
- Marine physicist
What you'll learn
- apply physics, mathematics, and computing knowledge, principles and concepts
- apply critical, creative and reflective thinking to physics problems
- access, evaluate and synthesise information relating to physics
- effectively communicate physics ideas and concepts
- use a range of technologies to collect and analyse data with appropriate regard to uncertainties
- work as responsible, self-directed and motivated learners
- apply internationally accepted scientific conventions, standards and protocols
- demonstrate respect for cultural diversity in professional life
- work safely, effectively and ethically in a multi faceted scientific environment
I’ve gone to university before
Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.
Not all Curtin courses accept course switchers from other institutions.
Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.
Curtin course switcher criteria
- attained an ATAR of 80 and met the prerequisites; or
- if you have studied Math Applications or equivalent:
- completed 100 credits within one semester, with a semester weighted average (SWA) of 65% or higher plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to prerequisites
- if you have studied Math Methods or equivalent:
- completed 100 credits within one semester, with an SWA of 60% or
- completed 200 credits with a course weighted average (CWA) of 55% or higher plus any unit/s assessed to meet prereq or higher; or
- completed 400 credits with a CWA of 50% of higher plus any unit/s assessed meeting prereq or higher.
The Math Methods prerequisite can be met with:
- MATH1014 Foundations of Calculus
The Physics ATAR prerequisite can be met with:
- PHYS1006 Foundations of Physics
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
Tel: 1300 222 888
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- Last updated on: August 3, 2021