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All students must have a university entrance qualification.
Knowledge gained in the following NCEA subjects (or the equivalent in Cambridge International Examinations, International Baccalaureate, or similar) will give you the expected background knowledge to take this major. However, if you have not studied these subjects we have a pathway for you to progress to your major (see below).
If it’s some time since you have studied Mathematics at school you can find out if you have the required background by taking this maths quiz.
The following pathways will get you prepared to study this major. If you have not studied NCEA Level 3 Mathematics (or equivalent) but have studied at least 16 credits in NCEA Level 2 Mathematics from the following list of standards: 91256, 91257, 91258, 91259, 91260, 91261, 91262, 91269 take the following course first:
If you have not studied NCEA Level 2 Mathematics (or equivalent) take one of the following courses first:
If you have not studied NCEA Level 3 Physics (or equivalent) take one of the following courses first:
These courses (or equivalents) are available in the summer semester and will count towards credits in your degree.
If you won’t have reached University Entrance before the summer semester begins, you may be able to apply through Discretionary Entrance.
For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.
To plan your study and see what courses are necessary to complete your degree please see below for a simplified plan. Full regulations for the BSc should also be viewed by clicking on the “view regulations” button on this page. The regulations page will also outline course prerequisites, co-requisites and restrictions that may affect you.
All Bachelor of Science students will take a selection of compulsory courses throughout the degree. The first year structure, is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge and skill set which will equip them to go on to more advanced courses in the 2nd and 3rd years.
Physics has similar first year core courses to several other majors available in the Bachelor of Science, allowing students to change their major before their second year. Note that changing your major may incur an increase in completion time.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Please check changes for current students in 2020.
At Massey a credit system is used for our degrees. To complete a Bachelor of Science the following is required:
These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.
Take these in any order:
247.113 Science and Sustainability for Science
124.104 Physics 1A: Mechanics and Thermodynamics
124.105 Physics 1B: Electricity, Waves and Modern Physics
Plus choose two 100-level elective courses. These can be from a subject area other than Science.
Students must pass at least 90 credits from the BSc Schedule A, including any compulsory courses, in their first 120 credits of study towards the Bachelor of Science.
To check course offerings, prerequisites, co-requisites and restrictions that may affect you, search the course code in the Course Search.
When choosing electives, ensure you meet the BSc regulations by having at least 240 credits from the BSc schedule of courses, at least 75 credits at 300 level, and no more than 165 credits at 100 level.
For Pre-2020 BSc Programme Transition Regulations refer to Schedule C in the BSc Regulations.
The BSc Regulations page can be accessed by clicking on the “view regulations” button on this page.
You can change to any BSc major at the end of your first year. Moving from the first year of physics to one of the majors below is particularly simple, as the required first year courses are similar. By choosing your courses and electives carefully to cover both majors you could easily swap over at the end of first year.
Note: Changing your major may incur an increase in completion time.
A 'minor' is a group of at least four courses from a defined major's course schedule, including at least one course at high level. Some BSc minors that are particularly compatible with physics include those shown below. Timetabling will prioritise these combinations to minimise clashes.
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