Physics Degrees


Physics is known as a “fundamental science” as it involves a true understanding of how the world really works.  Physicists study universal laws governing matter, space, energy and time, and the interaction between these elements.

Note: 
In addition to meeting the admission requirements for the Faculty of Science, some programs may require specific course pre-requisites.  These pre-requisites may be needed to register in the appropriate university courses and to ensure success in the program. See the course pre-requisite chart for more.

Undergraduate areas of study:

Program Availability:

Astrophysics
The Astrophysics degree looks at the physics behind cosmological objects and their interactions.

  • To be successful in the program, applicants must have successfully completed Physics 30 or equivalent. Mathematics 31 (Calculus) strongly recommended.

  Specialization
  Honors


Geophysics
The Geophysics program uses principles from Physics to understand the structure and dynamics of the Earth below its surface.

Geophysical surveys can be used to locate energy sources, mineral and petroleum deposits, artifacts and more. By understanding the Earth’s core, Geo-Physicists can also assess natural hazards like earthquakes and volcanoes.  

  • To be successful in the program, applicants must have successfully completed Physics 30 and Chemistry 30 or equivalent. Mathematics 31(Calculus) strongly recommended.
  Specialization
  Honors
   

Physical Sciences
This major or minor includes a blend of courses from both physics and chemistry. Students will be able to select courses from astronomy, biochemistry, chemistry, geophysics, mathematical physics, chemistry, geophysics, and physics. 

  General
   

Mathematical Physics
This program looks at mathematical models and theories to create methods that are used to solve physical issues. 

  • To be successful in the program, applicants must have successfully completed Physics 30 or equivalent. Mathematics 31 (Calculus) strongly recommended.

  Honors


Physics
In this program you will build a strong background in modern physics, mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, relativity, quantum mechanics, statistical physics and laboratory work.  

Topics in areas like laser spectroscopy, optics, electronics, nuclear physics, particle physics, stellar atmospheres, stellar interiors, field theory, condensed matter and fluid dynamics are introduced in later years of the program. 

  • To be successful in the program, applicants must have successfully completed Physics 30 or equivalent. Mathematics 31 (Calculus) strongly recommended.
  General
  Specialization
  Honors