Physics is the study of how the universe works and why it works that way.  A degree in physics teaches you how to think: a logical approach to problem solving that can be applied to a very wide range of subjects.  Physics is thus a springboard into other areas of scientific study.  The focus is on concepts and methods of understanding matter, energy, and the interactions between matter and energy.  A degree in physics is good preparation for a wide range of career options including graduate school.  Physics students can choose either the major or honours program.

Applied Physics deals with practical applications of physics concepts.  You`ll learn how to use physics to solve career-oriented problems.  Applied physics combines physics and math with subjects from other disciplines like computer science, engineering and chemistry.  Applied Physics students can choose either the major or honours program. 

Biological Physics uses quantitative skills to answer questions in the biological sciences on the molecular scale.  Students gain a solid foundation in the physical sciences and modern biology.  This program should be of particular interest to students wishing to pursue careers in applied research in biophysics, quantitative biology and biotechnology.  Biological Physics students can choose either the major or honours program.

Chemical Physics provides an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry, focussing on those areas that are at the interface of chemistry and physics; experimental measurement (particularly spectroscopic) and theoretical calculations of the properties and behaviour of atoms and molecules.  This program is designed as preparation for careers or graduate school in chemistry, physics, or interdisciplinary fields.  Chemical Physics students can choose either the major or honours program.

Mathematical Physics integrates the knowledge from physics and mathematics to explain how the universe works.  You will develop skills in analysis, problem solving and critical thinking that will enable you to approach problems in research, teaching and management.  A Mathematical Physics Honours program will provide you with a strong foundation for careers in physics, applied math and applied science or engineering.  It is also a good program for students interested in graduate work in any of these areas.  Mathematical Physics is an honours program.

Minor Programs

Students also have the option of adding one of the following minors to their major, or combining two minors as part of General Science program.  None of the coursework required for the minor can be used to fulfill the requirements of the major or honours program.  There is a 2.0 GPA requirement in the courses used to fulfill the minor.

Physics Minor

Nuclear Science Minor

Co-operative Education Program

Co-operative education combines relevant work experience with academic studies.  Information on the Physics Co-op program including employers and requirements.