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Materials Science



Major, Extended Major


This stream provides studies in materials science, which represents the overlap of physics, biochemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry. Materials can range from glasses to polymers, from superconductors to non-crystals, from liquids to solids. Properties, production and uses of materials with unique magnetic, electrical, optical and physical properties are covered. Lectures and tutorials are supported by computational science (computer modelling) and hands-on use of instrumentation including computer control, data collection and analysis.



Assumed Knowledge

SACE Stage 2Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, or equivalent.


Course Area and cat no. Units Level References
First Year
Chemistry 100 CHEM 1006 4.5 1
Chemistry 101 CHEM 1007 4.5 1
Second Year
Biochemical Process Design 200 CHEM 2015 4.5 0
Biochemical Process Design 201 CHEM 2016 4.5 0
Applied Physics 2 PHYS 1008 4.5 2
Third Year
Modern Physics PHYS 3004 4.5 3
Physics of Materials and Technology PHYS 2002 4.5 2
The major may be lengthened to an extended major by also taking the following courses in third year:
Lasers and Optics PHYS 3001 4.5 3
Fluid and Energy Engineering MENG 2002 4.5 2
Applied Science Project PHYS 3002 4.5 3
Applied Physics 6S PHYS 3005 4.5 3




  1. Other courses may be taken in third year subject to the approval of the Materials Science coordinator.
  2. The extended major is recommended to students wishing to proceed to honours.