Physics

Why is our world the way it is? How can we understand and explain what we observe around us, from the smallest sub-atomic particles to the largest galaxies? How can we apply this understanding to manipulate our world? Studying physics gives insight into the fundamental laws of nature. 

But an education in physics gives so much more. The rigorous training our students receive in analyzing and understanding complex problems is valuable in many future careers. While many of our graduates have established careers in universities and in the high tech sector as research and development scientists, others have used their physics degrees as a springboard to careers in finance, administration, medicine, management or education. The range of career opportunities is perhaps wider than for any other students with a science education. 

Physicists have revolutionized the way we live our lives, with groundbreaking discoveries and new technologies, transferable to other fields such as biology or finance. Our professors and graduates are an important part of this chain. Many of our professors have also been recognized for their teaching and are seen as world-class researchers in their fields of expertise. 

The research conducted by the professors in the Department of Physics is concentrated in several sub-specialties, including the physics of biological and complex systems, condensed matter physics, photonics and the physics of geomaterials. Depending upon your choice of program, you have the opportunity to take courses and participate in research projects in these specialized areas. 

In addition to the Honours BSc in Physics, we offer three other Honours BSc programs. The first is in physics-mathematics, which provides enriched mathematics training within a physics program. The second is the option in photonics, which gives students a solid training in physics and a more applied and industry-related training in photonics. The third is the option in biological physics, which teaches students to apply a rigorous education in physics to various areas of life sciences. We also offer a Major in Physics that can form the core of an Honours BSc when combined with a major or a minor in another discipline in the Faculty of Science, or in another faculty. Finally, starting in fall 2016, we will offer a five-year integrated program in physics (BSc) and electrical engineering (BASc), jointly with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS). This unique program will offer a full education in physics and electrical engineering. Graduates will be sought after by industry and academia, as they will have the capacity to develop technology from a basic physics idea to the final product. 

The Department of Physics also has strong graduate programs, leading to an MSc or PhD. They give students the opportunity to work on cutting edge science in a research group led by one or more department professors.

Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering is at the heart of today's exciting advances in technology. With five technical specializations—communications, systems, electronics, microwave and photonic, and power and sustainable energy—our curriculum will enable you to influence how the world communities communicate, generate sustainable energy and heal diseases. As an electrical engineer, you will work with other engineers or scientists on emerging technologies. 

The option of Engineering Management will prepare you with necessary skills to pursue entrepreneurial activities and start your own technology-related business. The double degree program—BASc in Electrical Engineering and BSc in Computing Technology—will put you at the intersection of the two areas that propel the waves of technological development.

This program is offered in English and in French. Some advanced course are only offered in English.

The extended French stream is available with this program.

Compulsory First-Year Courses:
CHM 1311Principles of Chemistry3 Units
GNG 1103Engineering Design3 Units
GNG 1106Fundamentals of Engineering Computation3 Units
ITI 1100Digital Systems I3 Units
MAT 1320Calculus I3 Units
MAT 1322Calculus II3 Units
MAT 1341Introduction to Linear Algebra3 Units
PHY 1121Fundamentals of Physics I3 Units
PHY 1122Fundamentals of Physics II3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Engineering Economics
Introduction to Product Development and Management for Engineers and Computer Scientists
Compulsory Second-Year Courses:
CEG 2136Computer Architecture I3 Units
ELG 2136Electronics I3 Units
ELG 2137Circuit Theory II3 Units
ELG 2138Circuit Theory I3 Units
ENG 1112Technical Report Writing3 Units
MAT 2322Calculus III for Engineers3 Units
MAT 2384Ordinary Differential Equations and Numerical Methods3 Units
PHY 2311Waves and Optics3 Units
PHY 2323Electricity and Magnetism3 Units
PHY 2333Mechanics3 Units
PHY 2361Modern Physics3 Units
Compulsory Third-Year Courses:
CEG 3136Computer Architecture II3 Units
ELG 3106Electromagnetic Engineering3 Units
ELG 3125Signal and System Analysis3 Units
ELG 3126Random Signals and Systems3 Units
ELG 3136Electronics II3 Units
ELG 3137Fundamentals of Semiconductor Devices3 Units
ELG 3155Introduction to Control Systems3 Units
ELG 3175Introduction to Communication Systems3 Units
ELG 3316Electric Machines and Power Systems3 Units
3 course units of complementary studies electives 13 Units
Compulsory Fourth-Year Courses:
ELG 2911Professional Practice in Information Technology and Engineering3 Units
PHY 3341Theoretical Physics3 Units
PHY 3350Thermodynamics3 Units
PHY 3355Statistical Thermodynamics3 Units
PHY 3370Introductory Quantum Mechanics3 Units
ELG 4912Electrical Engineering Design Project: Part I3 Units
ELG 4913Electrical Engineering Design Project: Part II3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Technology, Society and Environment Since 1800
Scientific Thought and Social Values
6 course units in electrical engineering (ELG) or computer engineering (CEG) at the 4000 level to be selected from the list below according to the chosen option6 Units
3 optional course units in mathematics (MAT) at the 2000, 3000 or 4000 level, excluding MAT 2379 23 Units
Compulsory Fifth-Year Courses:
PHY 4006Physics Research Project6 Units
PHY 4370Quantum Mechanics3 Units
PHY 4382Introduction to Solid State Physics3 Units
12 course units in electrical engineering (ELG) or computer engineering (CEG) at the 4000 level to be selected from the list below according to the chosen option12 Units
6 optional course units in physics (PHY) at the 4000 or 5000 level 36 Units
3 course units of complementary studies elective 13 Units
One option from the following:
Option 1: Communications
Wave Propagation and Antennas
Electronics III
Linear Systems
Communication Systems
Digital Signal Processing
Wireless Communication Fundamentals
Option 2: Systems Engineering
Computer Control in Robotics
Principles and Applications of VLSI Design
Linear Systems
Modern Control Engineering
Integrated Control Systems
Digital Signal Processing
Option 3: Electronics
Microwave Circuits
Optoelectronics and Optical Components
Principles and Applications of VLSI Design
Electronics III
Communication Systems
Digital Signal Processing
Option 4: Microwave and Photonic Engineering
Microwave Circuits
Optoelectronics and Optical Components
Wave Propagation and Antennas
Electronics III
Optical Communications and Networking
Wireless Communication Fundamentals
Option 5: Power and Sustainable Energy
Electric Power Transmission, Distribution and Utilization
Sustainable Electrical Power Systems
Electronics III
Modern Control Engineering
Integrated Control Systems
Wireless Communication Fundamentals
Total: 159 Units

Note(s)

1

For a complete list of course units of complementary studies electives, consult the Faculty of Engineering's website.

2

One of these courses is recommended: (MAT 2141 or MAT 2342) or (MAT 2371 or MAT 2377).

3

Students in the Power and Sustainability Option must take PHY 4324, which may need to be taken in the winter of the fourth year.