• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Physics, Nuclear Physics
  • Minor code NCSC-MIN

Knowledge of nuclear science and its applications is becoming increasingly important across diverse sectors of society. The Nuclear Science minor will prepare you for career pathways where technical competency in this field is vital, including: medical radiation, space, mining, policy and regulation, and defence. 

You will learn about the fundamental principles of nuclear and radiation science that underpin key nuclear-based technologies. In doing so, you will also be introduced to aspects of radiation protection, regulation and the legal frameworks necessary to support a nuclear-ready workforce. The minor provides a balance of knowledge and skills development for all science majors, including: critical thinking, problem solving, hands-on experiment design, data analysis and interpretation, and communication.

You will have access to the cutting-edge equipment in the laboratories of the Australian Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility, with opportunities to undertake laboratory-based training, as well as access to academics who are at the forefront of research in basic and applied nuclear science.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and explain fundamental concepts in nuclear physics. 
  2. Apply fundamental principles of physics and mathematics to solve elementary problems in nuclear science, including those likely to be encountered in future careers.
  3. Describe and explain specific examples of how nuclear science and technologies are applied to benefit society.
  4. Describe critical experiments in the history of nuclear science and the development of nuclear technologies and explain how they led to revisions of our theoretical descriptions of nature.
  5. Use mathematical, computational and experimental skills to solve elementary conceptual and quantitative problems in nuclear science.

Other Information

Advice to Students

What 1st year courses should you enrol in? PHYS1001 or PHYS1101 and either MATH1013 or MATH1115

Students should seek further course advice from the academic convener of this Nuclear Science minor.

Students do not need a major in Physics or Math to complete this minor. Please see academic advice if taking this minor with a Physics major or minor or a Math major or minor.

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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

6 units from completion of one of the following courses:

PHYS1101 Physics 1 (6 units)

PHYS1001 Foundations of Physics (6 units)

6 units from completion of one of the following courses:

MATH1013 Mathematics and Applications 1 (6 units)

MATH1115 Advanced Mathematics and Application 1  (6 units)

12 units from completion of the following two compulsory courses:

PHYS2101 Nuclear and Radiation Physics  (6 units)

PHYS3106 Nuclear Technology and Applications (6 units)

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