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Physics (BSc)


 Waterloo

Physics is the science that deals with the properties and interactions of matter, energy and force. In mastering physics, you’ll learn to assess, formulate and solve problems quantitatively.

Our Physics program provides a strong foundation in Newtonian physics, electricity, magnetism, optics and electronics, in combination with mathematics. You can choose additional specialized courses in electronics, photonics and applied physics. You’ll also have the option to put your learning into practice by participating in faculty research projects, such as:

  • Controlling light-matter interactions at the nano scale and designing ultra-sensitive biosensors.
  • Constructing fibre lasers.
  • Simulating semiconductor nanostructures.
  • Exploring quantum computers.

Classes in physics are small, which means you’ll have a lot of interaction with your professors. While exposure to high school computer science and physics is useful, our first-year computer science and physics courses will provide you with the required background.

A degree in Physics develops analytical abilities, quantitative skills, communication skills and a strong work ethic that transfers to careers in many fields.

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Program Highlights

  • Our Physics program shares common first-year requirements with Photonics and Computing and Computer Electronics, which means you can try a little bit of each and see what you enjoy most!
  • You may apply for the co-op option, which includes 2 work terms usually in the summers following your second and third year. Recent jobs include research assistant and programmer for the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Scientific Computation
  • Thermodynamics and Waves
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Digital Electronics
  • Optics
  • Solid State Physics
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Modern Physics

Requirements

  • Admission range of mid-70s.
  • English at 60%.
  • Advanced Functions at 60%.
  • Two of the following: Calculus and Vectors, Chemistry or Physics at 60%.
  • A combined minimum average of 70% is required in the prerequisite 4U Mathematics and 4U Science courses.
  • More admission requirements are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English.
  • HL or SL Mathematics.
  • One of HL or SL Chemistry or Physics.
  • IB Minimum Score: 28.

Careers

Example careers of our recent graduates include:

  • High school physics teacher
  • Geophysicist
  • University science tutor
  • Software test engineer for scientific instruments
  • MSc candidate, astrophysics

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