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Department of Physics | Faculty of Science Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2022

Biological Physics Major

Bachelor of Science

This bachelor of science (BSc) program is for students who are interested in using physical approaches to tackle biological problems.

Students should speak with an advisor as soon as possible to schedule their programs.

Minimum Grade Requirement

Students wishing to enrol in physics courses must obtain a C- grade or better in prerequisite courses.

Program Requirements

Students are strongly encouraged to complete CMPT 120 - Introduction to Computing Science and Programming, in addition to the following requirements.

Lower Division Requirements

Complete all of

BISC 101 - General Biology (4)

An introduction to the biochemical and physiological mechanisms of living organisms. Topics covered include cell structure and function, DNA replication and the flow of genetic information, enzyme function, metabolism and physiology of microorganisms, plants, and animals. Prerequisite: High school Biology 12 (or equivalent) with a C grade or better, or BISC 100 with C- or better, or BISC 113 with C+ or better, or HSCI 100 with C+ or better; and High school Chemistry 12 (or equivalent) with a C grade or better, or CHEM 111 with a C- or better. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kevin Lam
Zamir Punja
Agata Becalska
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D101 Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D102 Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D103 Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCB 8210, Burnaby
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D104 We 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D105 We 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
BLU 10921, Burnaby
D106 We 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCB 8210, Burnaby
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D107 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D108 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D109 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8210, Burnaby
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D110 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
D111 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
D112 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
SSCB 8210, Burnaby
BISC 102 - General Biology (4)

Survey of the diversity of life, and its evolutionary history on earth. The student is introduced to the study of genetics, development, and evolution, giving an overview of how these processes interact to produce form and function. Also included are principles of behavior and ecological relationships of organisms to each other and their environment. Prerequisite: High school biology 12 (or equivalent) with a C grade or better, or BISC 100 with C- or better, or BISC 113 with C+ or better, or HSCI 100 with C+ or better. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sessional
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
D101 Tu 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D102 Tu 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D103 Tu 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D104 Tu 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D105 We 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D106 We 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D109 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D110 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D111 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Th 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D112 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D113 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Fr 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D114 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Fr 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D200 Ivona Mladenovic
We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYC 2600, Surrey
D201 Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
D202 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
D203 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
D204 Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
LAS1 Ivona Mladenovic
Tu 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2960, Surrey
LAS2 Ivona Mladenovic
Tu 12:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYC 2960, Surrey
BISC 202 - Genetics (3)

Principles and concepts of the transmission of genetic information. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kevin Lam
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D101 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D102 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D103 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D104 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D105 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D106 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D107 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D108 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D109 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D110 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
CHEM 121 - General Chemistry and Laboratory I (4)

Atomic and molecular structure; chemical bonding; thermochemistry; elements; periodic table; gases liquids, solids, and solutions. This course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: Chemistry 12 with a minimum grade of C, or CHEM 109 or 111 with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CHEM 120 or 125 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II (2)

Chemical equilibria; electrochemistry; chemical thermodynamics; kinetics. Students who intend to take further laboratory courses in chemistry should take CHEM 122 concurrently with CHEM 126. Prerequisite: CHEM 120 or 121 with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CHEM 124 or CHEM 180 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Chemistry Faculty
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D101 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 10031, Burnaby
D102 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
D103 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
D104 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D105 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D106 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D107 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
D108 Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
D109 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D110 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D111 Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D112 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
D113 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D114 Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D115 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D200 Sessional
We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 2600, Surrey
D201 Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SRYC 2980, Surrey
D202 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYC 2980, Surrey
D203 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2980, Surrey
D204 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 2980, Surrey
D205 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYC 2980, Surrey
D206 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 2980, Surrey
D207 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
CHEM 281 - Organic Chemistry and Laboratory I (4)

Structure, bonding, physical and chemical properties of simple organic compounds. Introduction to spectroscopy. Kinetics and mechanisms of organic reactions. This course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: CHEM 121 with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: CHEM 122. Students with credit for CHEM 280 or CHEM 285 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

CHEM 282 - Organic Chemistry II (2)

Polyfunctional organic compounds and complex organic reactions. Introduction to natural products. Prerequisite: CHEM 281 with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CHEM 283 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andrew Bennet
Mo, We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D101 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D102 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D103 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
D104 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 4140, Burnaby
D105 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D106 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D107 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D108 Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
MATH 152 - Calculus II (3)

Riemann sum, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, definite, indefinite and improper integrals, approximate integration, integration techniques, applications of integration. First-order separable differential equations and growth models. Sequences and series, series tests, power series, convergence and applications of power series. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151, with a minimum grade of C-; or MATH 154 or 157 with a grade of at least B. Students with credit for MATH 155 or 158 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nils Bruin
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D200 Randall Pyke
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 5280, Surrey
D400 Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
OP01 TBD
OP02 TBD
OP03 TBD
MATH 251 - Calculus III (3)

Rectangular, cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Vectors, lines, planes, cylinders, quadric surfaces. Vector functions, curves, motion in space. Differential and integral calculus of several variables. Vector fields, line integrals, fundamental theorem for line integrals, Green's theorem. Prerequisite: MATH 152 with a minimum grade of C-; or MATH 155 or MATH 158 with a grade of at least B. Recommended: It is recommended that MATH 240 or 232 be taken before or concurrently with MATH 251. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Veselin Jungic
Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
AQ 3181, Burnaby
OP01 TBD
MATH 252 - Vector Calculus (3)

Vector calculus, divergence, gradient and curl; line, surface and volume integrals; conservative fields, theorems of Gauss, Green and Stokes; general curvilinear coordinates and tensor notation. Introduction to orthogonality of functions, orthogonal polynomials and Fourier series. Prerequisite: MATH 240 or 232, and 251, all with a minimum grade of C-. MATH 240 or 232 may be taken concurrently. Students with credit for MATH 254 may not take MATH 252 for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nilima Nigam
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
BLU 10011, Burnaby
D101 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
D102 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
MATH 260 - Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations (3)

First-order differential equations, second- and higher-order linear equations, series solutions, introduction to Laplace transform, systems and numerical methods, applications in the physical, biological and social sciences. Prerequisite: MATH 152 with a minimum grade of C-; or MATH 155 or 158, with a grade of at least B; MATH 232 or 240, with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for MATH 310 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Justin Gray
Mo, We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3181, Burnaby
D101 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D102 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D103 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D104 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D105 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D106 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
MBB 222 - Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (3)

The structure, function and synthesis of proteins, RNA and DNA and their interrelated biological functions within the cell. An introduction to molecular biology techniques and methods of protein purification and analysis. Prerequisite: or Corequisite CHEM 281.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Michel Leroux
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101 Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3517, Burnaby
D102 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
D103 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
D104 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D105 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 4120, Burnaby
D106 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
D107 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D108 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
MBB 231 - Cellular Biology and Biochemistry (3)

A study of the molecular processes which underlie cell structure and function, integrating ultrastructural, physiological and biochemical approaches. Modern techniques used in the analysis of organelle and cell function are integral parts of the course. Prerequisite: MBB 222, BISC 101, CHEM 281 with grades of C- or better. Corequisite or Prerequisite: CHEM 282 or CHEM 283.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ingrid Northwood
Mo, We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3181, Burnaby
EDB 7618, Burnaby
D101 Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
D102 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3517, Burnaby
D103 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D104 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D105 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
D106 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3517, Burnaby
D107 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
PHYS 132 - Physics Laboratory I (1) *

Introduction to experimental physics with an emphasis on measurement and experimental design. Includes elementary experiments in mechanics designed to support and enrich conceptual learning. Corequisite: PHYS 101 or 120 or 125. Students with credit for PHYS 140 may not take PHYS 132 for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
LA01 Andrei Frolov
Mo 2:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SSCP 9412, Burnaby
PHYS 133 - Physics Laboratory II (1) *

Introduction to experimental physics with an emphasis on measurement and experimental design. Includes elementary experiments in electromagnetism and optics designed to support and enrich conceptual learning. Prerequisite: PHYS 132 or 140 or ENSC 120 (no substitutions), with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: PHYS 102 or 121 or 126. Students with credit for PHYS 141 may not take PHYS 133 for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
LA03 Karen Kavanagh
Th 2:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SSCP 9412, Burnaby
PHYS 201 - Physics Undergraduate Seminar (1)

A seminar to expose students majoring in any Physics program to opportunities available with a physics degree. Seminar will include invited speakers, group discussions, and student presentations on topics including modern physics research, industrial physics, career opportunities, and communication and other professional skills. May be repeated once for credit. Graded as pass/fail (P/F). Prerequisite: PHYS 121 or PHYS 126 or PHYS 141, with a minimum grade of C-, or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 David Broun
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
PHYS 211 - Intermediate Mechanics (3)

An intermediate mechanics course covering kinematics, dynamics, calculus of variations and Lagrange's equations, non-inertial reference frames, central forces and orbits, and rigid body motion. Prerequisite: MATH 251; MATH 232 or MATH 240; PHYS 255 or ENSC 380. All prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C-. Recommended Corequisite: MATH 260 or MATH 310. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andrew Debenedictis
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
D101 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D102 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D103 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
PHYS 233 - Physics Laboratory III (3)

Statistical data analysis, experimental design and scientific communication, studied in the context of experiments spanning a range of physical systems. Prerequisite: PHYS 133 or PHYS 141 or ENSC 280, with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended Prerequisite: CMPT 120. Quantitative.

PHYS 255 - Vibrations and Waves (3)

The physics of vibrations and waves. Topics include periodic motion, including free and forced oscillations, coupled oscillators, normal modes, and waves in one and higher dimensions. Prerequisite: PHYS 126 or PHYS 121 or PHYS 141, with a minimum grade of C-, or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B. Corequisite: MATH 251; MATH 232 or MATH 240. Recommended Corequisite: MATH 260 or MATH 310. Quantitative.

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MATH 150 - Calculus I with Review (4)

Designed for students specializing in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computing science and engineering. Topics as for Math 151 with a more extensive review of functions, their properties and their graphs. Recommended for students with no previous knowledge of Calculus. In addition to regularly scheduled lectures, students enrolled in this course are encouraged to come for assistance to the Calculus Workshop (Burnaby), or Math Open Lab (Surrey). Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 12 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least B+, or MATH 100 with a grade of at least B-, or achieving a satisfactory grade on the Simon Fraser University Calculus Readiness Test. Students with credit for either MATH 151, 154 or 157 may not take MATH 150 for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mahsa Faizrahnemoon
Mo, Tu, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D200 Natalia Kouzniak
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3170, Surrey
OP01 TBD
OP02 TBD
MATH 151 - Calculus I (3)

Designed for students specializing in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computing science and engineering. Logarithmic and exponential functions, trigonometric functions, inverse functions. Limits, continuity, and derivatives. Techniques of differentiation, including logarithmic and implicit differentiation. The Mean Value Theorem. Applications of differentiation including extrema, curve sketching, Newton's method. Introduction to modeling with differential equations. Polar coordinates, parametric curves. Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 12 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least A, or MATH 100 with a grade of at least B, or achieving a satisfactory grade on the Simon Fraser University Calculus Readiness Test. Students with credit for either MATH 150, 154 or 157 may not take MATH 151 for further credit. Quantitative.

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MATH 232 - Applied Linear Algebra (3)

Linear equations, matrices, determinants. Introduction to vector spaces and linear transformations and bases. Complex numbers. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors; diagonalization. Inner products and orthogonality; least squares problems. An emphasis on applications involving matrix and vector calculations. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or MACM 101, with a minimum grade of C-; or MATH 154 or 157, both with a grade of at least B. Students with credit for MATH 240 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Brenda Davison
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D200 Randall Pyke
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
,
OP01 TBD
OP02 TBD
MATH 240 - Algebra I: Linear Algebra (3)

Linear equations, matrices, determinants. Real and abstract vector spaces, subspaces and linear transformations; basis and change of basis. Complex numbers. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors; diagonalization. Inner products and orthogonality; least squares problems. Applications. Subject is presented with an abstract emphasis and includes proofs of the basic theorems. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or MACM 101, with a minimum grade of C-; or MATH 154 or 157, both with a grade of at least B. Students with credit for MATH 232 cannot take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jake Levinson
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3149, Burnaby

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CHEM 260 - Atoms, Molecules, Spectroscopy (4)

Elements of physical chemistry from the molecular point of view. Introduction to quantum chemistry, atomic and molecular structure, and spectroscopy. Prerequisite: CHEM 122, MATH 152, and PHYS 121, 126 or 141 (or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B), all with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: MATH 232. PHYS 285 will be accepted in lieu of CHEM 260. Quantitative.

PHYS 285 - Quantum I (3)

The concepts of quantum mechanics introduced through two-level systems and explored in a way that requires only familiarity with general concepts of linear algebra. Introduction to concepts in classical and quantum information theory, bits and qubits, quantum dynamics, quantum communication and cryptography, and quantum circuits. Prerequisite: Either MATH 232 or MATH 240, with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Daria Ahrensmeier
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 10011, Burnaby
D101 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
D102 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
D103 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby

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PHYS 101 - Physics for the Life Sciences I (3)

Force and motion, conservation of energy and momentum, fluids, properties of soft matter and thermal physics with applications taken from the life sciences. Prerequisite: BC Principles of Physics 12 or PHYS 100 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. This prerequisite may be waived, at the discretion of the department, as determined by the student's performance on a regularly scheduled PHYS 100 final exam. Please consult the physics advisor for further details. Corequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or 154 or 157; BISC 100 or 101 or 102. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 132. Students with credit for PHYS 120, 125 or 140 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Simon Watkins
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D101 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D102 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3533, Burnaby
D103 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D104 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D105 Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D106 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D107 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D108 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D109 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby
D110 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D111 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D112 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D113 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D114 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D115 Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D116 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D117 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D118 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby
D200 Simin Bagheri Najmi
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 2740, Surrey
PHYS 120 - Mechanics and Modern Physics (3)

A general calculus-based introduction to mechanics. Topics include translational and rotational motion, momentum, energy, gravitation, and selected topics in modern physics. Prerequisite: BC Principles of Physics 12 or PHYS 100 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. This prerequisite may be waived, at the discretion of the department, as determined by the student's performance on a regularly scheduled PHYS 100 final exam. Please consult the physics advisor for further details. Corequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or 154. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 132. Students with credit for PHYS 101, 125 or 140 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sarah Johnson
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D101 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D102 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D103 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D104 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D105 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D106 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D107 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D108 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D109 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D110 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D111 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D112 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
PHYS 125 - Mechanics and Special Relativity (3) +

An enriched course in mechanics for students with good preparation in physics and mathematics. Special relativity and classical topics such as translational and rotational dynamics and conservation laws will be given a much more sophisticated treatment than in our other first-year courses. Prerequisite: Permission of the department. Corequisite: MATH 151. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 132. Students with credit for PHYS 101, 120 or PHYS 140 may not take PHYS 125 for further credit. Quantitative.

PHYS 140 - Studio Physics - Mechanics and Modern Physics (4) *

A general calculus-based introduction to mechanics taught in an integrated lecture-laboratory environment. Topics include translational and rotational motion, momentum, energy, gravitation, and selected topics in modern physics. Prerequisite: BC Principles of Physics 12, or PHYS 100 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or 154. Students with credit for PHYS 125 or 120 or 101 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

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PHYS 102 - Physics for the Life Sciences II (3)

Waves and optics; electricity and magnetism; modern physics emphasizing radioactivity, with applications taken from the life sciences. Prerequisite: PHYS 101 or 120 or 125 or 140; MATH 150 or 151 or 154 or 157; both with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: BISC 100 or 101 or 102. Recommended Corequisites: MATH 152, 155 or 158; PHYS 133. Students with credit for PHYS 121, 126, or 141 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Bernd Stelzer
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D101 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D102 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 10031, Burnaby
D103 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D104 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 5100, Burnaby
D105 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D106 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3250, Burnaby
D107 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D108 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D109 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D110 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D111 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D112 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D113 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D114 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D115 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
OP01 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
PHYS 121 - Optics, Electricity and Magnetism (3)

A general calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics. Topics include electricity, magnetism, simple circuits, optics and topics from applied physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 120 or 125 or 140, with a minimum grade of C-, or PHYS 101 with a minimum grade of B. Corequisite: MATH 152 or 155. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 133. Students with credit for PHYS 102, 126 or 141 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Hoi-Kwan Lau
Paul Haljan
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D101 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCP 9416, Burnaby
D102 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCP 9416, Burnaby
D103 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCP 9416, Burnaby
D104 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCP 9416, Burnaby
D105 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCP 9416, Burnaby
D106 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCP 9416, Burnaby
D107 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCP 9416, Burnaby
D108 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCP 9416, Burnaby
D109 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCP 9416, Burnaby
D110 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCP 9416, Burnaby
D111 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCP 9416, Burnaby
D112 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCP 9416, Burnaby
D113 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCP 9416, Burnaby
PHYS 126 - Electricity, Magnetism and Light (3) +

An enriched course in electromagnetism for students with good preparation in physics and mathematics. Classical topics such as waves, electricity and magnetism, as well as wave particle duality and the birth of Quantum Mechanics, will be given a much more sophisticated treatment than in our other first year courses. Prerequisite: PHYS 125 or permission of the department. Corequisite: MATH 152. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 133. Students with credit in PHYS 102, 121 or 141 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Steve Dodge
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
D101 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCP 8445.2, Burnaby
PHYS 141 - Studio Physics - Optics, Electricity and Magnetism (4) *

A general calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics taught in an integrated lecture-laboratory environment. Topics include electricity, magnetism, simple circuits, optics and topics from applied physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 120 or PHYS 125 or PHYS 140, with a minimum grade of C-, or PHYS 101 with a minimum grade of B. Corequisite: MATH 152 or MATH 155. Students with credit for PHYS 126 or 121 or 102 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Daria Ahrensmeier
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
D101 Daria Ahrensmeier
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
D200 Daria Ahrensmeier
Mo, We, Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
D201 Daria Ahrensmeier
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
LA01 Daria Ahrensmeier
We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
LA02 Daria Ahrensmeier
We, Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey

* students with credit for PHYS 140 and 141 are not required to complete PHYS 132 or 133

+ recommended

Upper Division Requirements

Complete all of

MBB 322 - Molecular Physiology (3)

Biochemical and molecular aspects of cellular function, interactions and communication including cell cycle, apoptosis, cancer, immune system, neuronal transmission and the signal transduction pathways that integrate them. Prerequisite: MBB 231, with a minimum grade of C.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Valentin Jaumouille
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 3149, Burnaby
D101 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
D102 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D103 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
D104 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
MBB 331 - Molecular Biology (4)

The study of DNA and RNA in relation to gene structure and expression: DNA replication and the regulation of gene expression in bacteria and higher organisms. Introduction to recombinant DNA and cloning theory; natural vector structures and recombinant vector construction. Prerequisite: MBB 231, and BISC 202, with a minimum grade of C.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Stephanie Vlachos
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCC 9000, Burnaby
D101 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby
D102 Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
D103 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
D104 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
PHYS 321 - Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism (3)

Development and application of Maxwell's equations in vector differential form. Notation and theorems of vector calculus; electric charge, fields, potentials, capacitance and field energy; conductors; methods for solving electrostatic problems; electric fields in matter; electrical current and the magnetic field; Ampere's law and the vector potential; magnetic fields in matter; electromotive force, electrical resistance, Faraday's law and inductance; Maxwell's correction to Ampere's law and electromagnetic waves. Prerequisite: PHYS 121 or PHYS 126 or PHYS 141 (or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B); MATH 252 or MATH 254; MATH 260 or MATH 310. All prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C-, unless specified. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Levon Pogosian
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D101 Levon Pogosian
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2503, Burnaby
D102 Levon Pogosian
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
PHYS 332W - Advanced Physics Laboratory I (4)

Experiments investigating a range of physical phenomena such as Brownian motion, molecular order, chaotic dynamics, Doppler broadening of stellar spectra, and biophysical forces using techniques such as interference, optical trapping, and spectroscopy. Attention will also be given to more general skills, including experimental design, operating and troubleshooting experimental equipment, modeling of experimental results, data analysis, and the presentation of experimental results. Biological Physics students will do a selected set of experiments. Prerequisite: PHYS 233; PHYS 285 or CHEM 260, both with a minimum grade of C-. Writing/Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 John Bechhoefer
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
D101 John Bechhoefer
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
LA01 John Bechhoefer
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
PHYS 347 - Introduction to Biological Physics (3)

A physics perspective on cellular structure and composition; random walks and diffusion; properties of fluids, cell motion; entropy and the properties of soft materials; structure and function of proteins; signal propagation in nerves. Prerequisite: Completion of 45 units including CHEM 122; MATH 152 or MATH 155; PHYS 102 or PHYS 121 or PHYS 126 or PHYS 141; all with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: BISC 101. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nancy Forde
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
D101 Nancy Forde
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
PHYS 385 - Quantum II (3)

Stern-Gerlach experiments and the structure of quantum mechanics; operators; angular momentum and spin; Schrödinger equation and examples for time evolution; systems of two spin-½ particles; density operators; wave mechanics in one dimension including the double slit experiment, particle in a box, scattering in one dimension, tunnelling; one-dimensional harmonic oscillator; coherent states. Prerequisite: MATH 252 or MATH 254; MATH 260; PHYS 255; PHYS 285 or ENSC 380 or CHEM 260. All prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C-. Recommended Prerequisite: PHYS 211. Quantitative.

and one of

CHEM 360 - Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics (3)

Elements of physical chemistry from the macroscopic point of view. Thermodynamics, and its applications to chemical equilibrium. Chemical kinetics and reaction rate theories. Prerequisite: CHEM 260 with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: MATH 251. MBB 323 will be accepted in lieu of CHEM 360. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sessional
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 3150, Burnaby
D101 Sessional
Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
MBB 323 - Introduction to Physical Biochemistry (3)

Introduction to physical biochemistry including thermodynamics, spectroscopic principles and applications, and molecular transport and interactions. The physical properties and structure determination of biomolecules will be emphasized. Prerequisite: MATH 152 (or 155), PHYS 121 (or 102, or 126, or 141), CHEM 122 (or 102), MBB 222 with a minimum grade of C.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jenifer Thewalt
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
D101 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
PHYS 344 - Thermal Physics (3)

Heat, temperature, heat transfer, kinetic theory, laws of thermodynamics, entropy, heat engines, applications of thermodynamics to special systems, phase transitions. Prerequisite: PHYS 121 or PHYS 126 or PHYS 141; MATH 251; both with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

and upper division MBB or PHYS courses to reach a minimum total of 40 units. BISC 421 and MATH 462 may be included in this requirement. The following courses are suggested:

BISC 421 - Models in Biology: From Molecules to Migration (3)

Students are introduced to models and simulations for biological systems at the ecosystem, organismal, cellular, and molecular levels. They will discover how to design and use models, and will then apply these skills to build their own model using basic mathematical tools, Excel, and Matlab. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151, and 152 both with a grade of C+ or better, or MATH 154 and 155 both with a grade of B or better; and at least 60 units; or permission of the instructor. Recommended: A 100 level Biology course. Students who have taken Special Topics course BISC 475 "Movement, Molecules, and Models" may not take BISC 421 for further credit. Quantitative.

MATH 462 - Fluid Dynamics (3)

Incompressible fluid flow phenomena: kinematics and equations of motion, viscous flow and boundary layer theory, potential flow, water waves. Aerodynamics. Prerequisite: One of MATH 314, MATH 418, PHYS 384, with a minimum grade of C-. An alternative to the above prerequisite is both of MATH 251 and (MATH 260 or MATH 310), both with grades of at least B+. Quantitative.

MBB 308 - Molecular Biology Laboratory (3)

Modern molecular biological and recombinant nucleic acid methods will be covered. Examples are DNA and RNA isolation, plasmid preparation, restriction enzyme digestion, DNA cloning and polymerase chain reaction. Prerequisite: or corequisite: MBB 331 with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for BISC 357 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Stephanie Vlachos
Timothy Audas
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 3003, Burnaby
D101 Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8158, Burnaby
D102 We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8158, Burnaby
D103 Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8158, Burnaby
MBB 309W - Biochemistry Laboratory (4)

Contemporary techniques in biochemistry including protein purification, immunochemical methods, and lipid characterization. Prerequisite: MBB 231, with a minimum grade of C. Recommended: CHEM 215 and CHEM 286 precede MBB 309W. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Irina Kovalyova
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 3005, Burnaby
D101 Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8159, Burnaby
D102 We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8159, Burnaby
D103 Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8159, Burnaby
D104 Fr 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8159, Burnaby
MBB 321 - Intermediary Metabolism (3)

The enzymes and intermediates of major catabolic and anabolic pathways. Their regulation and integration in health and disease states. Prerequisite: MBB 231, with a minimum grade of C.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Dipankar Sen
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3005, Burnaby
D101 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D102 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
D104 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
D105 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
MBB 342 - Introductory Genomics and Bioinformatics (3)

Major topics in genomics and bioinformatics, with integrated discussion of associated ethical/legal/social issues. An overview of laboratory and computer-based methods to study genomes, and their applications. Hands-on computer lab session providing an opportunity to use and experiment with bioinformatics software and databases utilized in genomics and bioinformatics research. Prerequisite: MBB 231, BISC 202 and either MBB 243 or 3 units of CMPT or equivalent, all with a minimum grade of C. Recommended: STAT 201 (or an equivalent statistics course) or STAT 270.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sessional
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 4130, Burnaby
D101 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSB 6178, Burnaby
MBB 421 - Nucleic Acids (3)

Recent literature is examined for insights into the structure and properties of DNA and RNA, drawing on a variety of biochemical, chemical and molecular biological perspectives. Prerequisite: MBB 331 with a minimum grade of C.

MBB 422 - Biomembranes (3)

A review of recent research on the structure, dynamics, function and biosynthesis of membranes, membrane lipids and proteins. Prerequisite: MBB 322 and MBB 309W with a minimum grade of C, MBB 324 as a pre or co-requisite.

MBB 423 - Protein Structure and Function (3)

Mechanistic principles for how protein molecules achieve diverse functions such as chemical catalysis and conformational switching. Students will learn to critique hypotheses about structural mechanisms, and to interpret the primary literature reporting on structural evidence from X-ray diffraction and spectroscopy. Prerequisite: MBB 323 or MBB 324, with a minimum grade of C.

MBB 491 - Directed Research I (5)

MBB 491 is offered as a stand-alone Directed Research course open to MBB Majors, or as the first of two courses taken consecutively to fulfill the requirements of the MBB Honours program (Option B). This course provides students with the opportunity to carry out part time laboratory research in an area of molecular biology or biochemistry under the supervision of an MBB faculty member or associate. MBB 491 coursework includes preparation of a research proposal and a report and oral presentation on the results of the project. Prerequisite: MBB 308 or MBB 309W and permission of the MBB department. Upper level standing in an MBB major, minor or honours program is required.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 TBD
D200 TBD
D300 TBD
D400 TBD
D500 TBD
PHYS 313 - Special Relativity (3)

A detailed presentation of Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity and how it revolutionized physics. Topics covered include: constancy of the speed of light, Lorentz transformations, time dilation, length contraction, relativistic paradoxes, space-time diagrams, relativistic particle kinematics and dynamics, electromagnetism as a relativistic phenomenon, and an introduction to general relativity. Prerequisite: PHYS 121 or 126 or 141 (or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B); MATH 232 or 240, with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andrew Debenedictis
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D101 Andrew Debenedictis
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
PHYS 395 - Computational Physics (3)

Computer-based approaches to solving complex physical problems. Includes topics such as Monte-Carlo and molecular dynamics techniques applied to thermal properties of materials; dynamical behavior of systems, including chaotic motion; methods for ground state determination and optimization, including Newton-Raphson, simulated annealing, neural nets, and genetic algorithms: symplectic methods; and analysis of numerical data. Prerequisite: MATH 260 or MATH 310; PHYS 255; CMPT 120 or equivalent. All prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Eldon Emberly
Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby
LA01 Eldon Emberly
Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
PHYS 413 - Advanced Mechanics (3)

Central forces, rigid body motion, small oscillations. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics. Prerequisite: PHYS 384, with a minimum grade of C- or permission of the department. Non-physics majors may enter with MATH 252; MATH 260 or MATH 310; PHYS 211. All prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

PHYS 415 - Quantum III (3)

Wave mechanics in three dimensions; orbital angular momentum and spherical harmonics; central potentials, hydrogen atom; time-independent perturbation theory, Stark effect, Zeeman effect; identical particles, helium atom; scattering, Born approximation; time-dependent perturbation theory, interaction picture. Prerequisite: PHYS 385; either PHYS 384 or MATH 314. All prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Eundeok Mun
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D101 Eundeok Mun
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
PHYS 445 - Statistical Physics (3)

Postulates of statistical mechanics, partition functions, applications to gases, paramagnetism and equilibrium. Quantum statistics and applications. Prerequisite: PHYS 344 or CHEM 360, with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: PHYS 385. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Malcolm Kennett
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D101 Malcolm Kennett
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
PHYS 455 - Modern Optics (3)

Optical physics, including geometrical and physical optics, waves in anisotropic media, coherence, image formation and Fourier optics, guided wave optics and selected advanced topics such as lasers, nonlinear optics, photonics and quantum optics. Prerequisite: PHYS 321 with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: PHYS 385. Quantitative.

PHYS 492 - Special Topics in Physics (3)

Studies in areas not included within the undergraduate course offerings of the Department of Physics. Prerequisite: Permission of the department.

University Degree Requirements

Students must also satisfy University degree requirements for degree completion.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.