First-year Physics Streams

Physics is interested in understanding how all aspects off the universe work.  We offer four different streams of first-year physics to cater to the interests of our students.  All streams cover mechanics, electricity and magnetism.  The Standard and Enriched streams include a selection of topics from modern physics, while the Life Sciences stream includes thermal physics, fluids and optics.  Students should complete the stream required by their program of study.  Physics programs allow any of these streams to be completed, but does require a minimum B grade in the life-sciences stream courses. 

 

The most common stream of first year physics for students in the physical sciences and engineering.

PHYS 120-3 Mechanics and Modern Physics

PHYS 121-3 Optics, Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 132-1 Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 133-1 Physics Laboratory II

 

Designed for students who excel in mathematics and physics and who are comfortable with the material presented in both Physics 12 and Mathematics 12.  Recommended for students intending to major in physics, applied mathematics, or applied sciences.

PHYS 125-3 Mechanics and Special Relativity

PHYS 126-3 Electricity, Magnetism and Light

PHYS 132-1 Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 133-1 Physics Laboratory II

 

Physics taught using biological examples.  Designed for students in bioscience, kinesiology or health sciences.

PHYS 101-3 Physics for the Life Sciences I

PHYS 102-3 Physics for the Life Sciences II

PHYS 130-2 Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory

 

This is a hands-on laboratory-based course in the Physics studio on the Surrey campus suitable for students in any program of study.  Lecture and laboratory requirements are completed simultaneously.

PHYS 140-4 Studio Physics - Mechanics and Modern Physics

PHYS 141-4 Studio Physics - Optics, Electricity and Magnetism