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.

This program is offered in English and in French.

Co-operative education is available with this program.

The French immersion stream is available with this program.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2022-2023 calendars for the previous requirements.

Code | Title | Units |
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Compulsory Courses at the 1000 level | ||

MAT 1320 | Calculus I | 3 Units |

MAT 1322 | Calculus II | 3 Units |

MAT 1341 | Introduction to Linear Algebra | 3 Units |

PHY 1112 | Introduction to Computational Physics | 3 Units |

PHY 1121 | Fundamentals of Physics I | 3 Units |

PHY 1122 | Fundamentals of Physics II | 3 Units |

Compulsory Courses at the 2000 level | ||

MAT 2122 | Multivariable Calculus | 3 Units |

MAT 2125 | Elementary Real Analysis | 3 Units |

MAT 2141 | Honours Linear Algebra | 3 Units |

MAT 2143 | Introduction to Group Theory | 3 Units |

PHY 2104 | Introduction to Circuit Theory and Electronics | 3 Units |

PHY 2311 | Waves and Optics | 3 Units |

PHY 2323 | Electricity and Magnetism | 3 Units |

PHY 2333 | Mechanics | 3 Units |

PHY 2361 | Modern Physics | 3 Units |

Compulsory Courses at the 3000 level | ||

PHY 3320 | Electromagnetic Theory | 3 Units |

PHY 3341 | Theoretical Physics | 3 Units |

PHY 3350 | Thermodynamics | 3 Units |

PHY 3355 | Statistical Thermodynamics | 3 Units |

PHY 3370 | Introductory Quantum Mechanics | 3 Units |

PHY 3902 | Physics and Applied Physics Laboratory I | 3 Units |

Compulsory Courses at the 4000 level | ||

PHY 4370 | Quantum Mechanics | 3 Units |

Optional Courses | ||

3 course units from: | 3 Units | |

Discrete Mathematics for Computing ^{1} | ||

Mathematical Reasoning and Proofs | ||

3 course units from: | 3 Units | |

Ordinary Differential Equations and the Laplace Transform | ||

Ordinary Differential Equations and Numerical Methods | ||

3 course units from: | 3 Units | |

Introduction to Probability | ||

Probability and Statistics for Engineers | ||

3 course units from: | 3 Units | |

Introduction to Solid State Physics | ||

Physics Project | ||

6 optional course units in physics (PHY) at the 4000 or 5000 level | 6 Units | |

6 optional course units in mathematics (MAT) at the 3000 or 4000 level, excluding MAT 3320 ^{2} | 6 Units | |

Elective Courses | ||

12 elective course units from the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Social Sciences or the Telfer School of Management | 12 Units | |

18 elective course units ^{3} | 18 Units | |

Total: | 120 Units |

Note(s)

^{1} | MAT 1348 is a prerequisite for most second year computer science courses (CSI). |

^{2} | The following courses are recommended as particularly useful: MAT 3130, MAT 3155, MAT 3341, MAT 3380, MAT 3395, MAT 4183, MAT 4387. |

^{3} | Out of the 18 elective course units, some breadth in other sciences is recommended, particularly CHM 1311. |