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Physics

Physics is the ultimate science of nature. Its purpose is to study natural phenomena and to derive the principles and laws that rule all natural processes. As a Physics student you will benefit from exposure to the cutting‐edge research interests of our faculty members in renewable energy, semiconductor devices, microelectronics, nanotechnology, materials science, biophysics, computational physics and astrophysics.

Students can pursue their studies through the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Physics program, or choose to specialize in either Astrophysics or Energy and Environmental Physics.

Courses core to all Physics programs include:

  • Differential Equations
  • Mechanics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Electronics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Waves and Optics
  • Statistical Mechanics

These programs have a co-op option, as well as extended and experiential learning opportunities, including a fourth-year undergraduate thesis and the five-year Science and Management program option.

Program options

  • Physics

    Force, motion, light, sound, electricity, magnetism and the structure of matter lie at the heart of the nature sciences and technology. The Honours Physics program provides a broad coverage of these fundamental topics, and provides students with the flexibility to take elective courses in a different science discipline, as well as tailor some of their upper-year Physics courses to their interests.

    Courses beyond the first year include:

    • Electricity and Magnetism
    • Fluid Dynamics
    • Mathematical Physics
    • Quantum Mechanics
    • Condensed Matter
    • Waves and Optics

    Potential career and advanced education opportunities include:

    • Consulting
    • Data Science
    • Science communication
    • Governmental agencies (e.g. research laboratory or Department of National Defence)
    • Secondary school teaching (through the university's Concurrent or Consecutive Education program)

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  • Physics - Astrophysics specialization

    Some of the largest unsolved problems in physics are in the field of the astrophysics.  You will explore the current state of knowledge in astrophysics, examine new and emerging theories, and utilize modern techniques to analyze and solve problems in astronomy and astrophysics. Students in the Astrophysics specialization develop extensive knowledge in physics and math, as well as strong analytical and computational skills.

    In addition to the core Physics courses, students will also take:

    • Astronomy I - introduces the fundamentals of astronomy and the solar system.
    • Astronomy II - offers a detailed look at stars, galaxies and the physics of astronomy.
    • Techniques of Modern Astrophysics - covers instrumentation and data analysis as well as computational astrophysics.
    • Cosmology - an examination of the universe as a whole, from the big bang to the current epoch.

    Upon completion of your degree, you will be ready for graduate work and a wide variety of career options in astronomy and physics. Astrophysics graduates go on to successful careers in research, government, publishing, teaching, and more.

    Potential career and advanced education opportunities include:

    • observatory technician
    • remote sensing
    • observational astronomy
    • theoretical astrophysics
    • computing and aerospace sectors

    An undergraduate Physics degree with a specialization in Astrophysics will also allow you to pursue graduate studies in astronomy and astrophysics.

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  • Physics - Energy and Environmental Physics specialization

    This specialization is designed to meet the urgent demand for graduates with the knowledge and skills to address global issues of escalating energy consumption and declining resources. It emphasizes expertise in alternative and conventional energy and the scientific principles underlying the development of novel and economical means of generating and harvesting energy, while simultaneously minimizing their environmental impact.

    In addition to the core Physics courses, students will benefit from the following Energy and Environmental Physics courses:

    • Emerging Energy Systems
    • Hydrogen-based Energy Systems and Fuel Cells
    • Economics and Politics of the Environment
    • Introductory Energy Science
    • Introductory Environment Science
    • Solar Energy and Photovoltaics

    Potential career and advanced education opportunities include:

    • energy specialist
    • consulting
    • energy supply industry
    • research and development

    Admission requirements
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