A flexible degree program in physics & astronomy
Like to learn more about the universe? Physics reveals the natural laws at work in our everyday world and across the cosmos and teaches us the fundamental principles underpinning modern science and technology. The Bachelor of Science (Physical Sciences) is designed for those seeking broad and durable scientific knowledge and skills. Course offerings range from general physics to astronomy, climatology, medical physics and various electives. Those studying astronomy also have the opportunity to experience hands-on and remote-control astronomical observations using modern telescopes.
If you would like to pursue a career in science, technology or education, study with us. Graduates of this degree will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to help prepare them for work as a scientist, with a wide range of career options including education, astronomy, climatology, research and science outreach, and with potential employers including government, university, or industry. The degree also provides a basis for postgraduate studies in physics and related fields.
Courses to be studied
- Core courses (4 units)
- plus 1 x first 8-unit major (8 units)
- plus 1 x second 8-unit major plus 4 x approved courses
- or 12 x approved courses (12 units)
How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:
Study Mode/ Cost
- Commonwealth supported: AUD 9352
- Domestic full fee paying: AUD 21640
Loan to help you pay your fees
You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allow you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.
You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.
Scholarships and financial assistance
You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.
- Subject pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent; until 2019 Mathematics A (4, SA) will be a pre-requisite; from 2019 Mathematics B (4, SA) or equivalent will be a pre-requisite.
- Recommended prior study: Mathematics B (until 2019) and one of Biological Science, Chemistry, Physics or Science21 or equivalents. If you do not have the recommended Mathematics B Level for entry then you will be recommended to undertake MAT1000 Mathematics Fundamentals as an elective.
English Language Requirements
You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.
If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.
A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.
*Further admission information
An adjusted Selection Rank is a result of combining additional ranks through special entry schemes for admission.
Special entry schemes for admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank, through the allocation of additional ranks in certain circumstances.
How to apply
Applying directly to USQ:
- Semester 3, 2018 - applications close Monday 5 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 19 November 2018.
- Semester 1, 2019 - applications close Monday 18 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 25 February 2019.
- Semester 2, 2019 - applications close Monday 1 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 15 July 2019.
If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.
Credit for previous study or work experience
You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.