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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
April 17, 2014
Canadian Excellence

General Physics (BSc)

Effective September 2007, this program will not be offered to any new students entering the university. For new students entering the university in September 2007, general degrees will not have majors or minors.

In addition to completing all the common requirements of the General BSc program, the student must also complete the applicable departmental requirements. Total credits required are 15. The major must include: PC131 and PC132 or (PC141 and PC142 with the approval of the Department), PC200, PC212, PC237, PC242, PC321, PC344; PC322 or PC360, and either PC300 and 0.5 senior Physics credit or 1 senior Physics credit. The major must also include MA110* (or MA103), MA122, MA201, MA205, MA255.

This schedule serves as a guide to the order that the courses may be taken. Students may follow a different schedule of their choice.

Fall Term Winter Term
Year 1 MA110* Intro to Differential & Integral Calculus
(or MA103 Calculus I)
MA122 Introductory Linear Algebra
PC131 Mechanics
(or PC141 Mechanics for the Life Sciences with department approval)
one-half elective credit
MA110* Intro to Differential & Integral Calculus
(one-half elective credit if MA103 taken in Fall)

PC132 Thermodynamics & Waves
(or PC142 Thermodynamics & Waves for the Life Sciences with department approval)
one elective credit 
One of: BI100*, both CH110 and CH111, GL100*, both CP104 and CP114
Year 2 MA201 Multivariable Calculus
MA205 Differential Equations I
PC200 Electronics Laboratory I
PC212 Electricity and Magnetism
one-half elective credit
MA255 Continuous and Discrete Transforms
PC237 Optics
PC242 Modern Physics
one elective credit
Year 3 PC321 Quantum Mechanics I
PC344 Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics
one elective credit
PC322 Solid State Device Physics
or PC360 Electromagnetic Theory
one and one-half elective credits
One of: BI100*, both CH110 and CH111, GL100*, both CP104 and CP114


  1. Electives must include:

    • one credit - Division A
    • one credit - Division B
    • one-half credit senior non-major (i.e. not PC) science, mathematics or computer science credit
    • one credit (one and one-half credit if MA103 taken) from the list given in Special Regulations for General BSc Major Programs: #5
    • either PC300 and one-half senior credit in Physics or one senior credit in Physics

  2. The program may have a maximum of
    • 8 100-level credits
    • 6 senior credits in physics

  3. Students with a second major or a minor in Mathematics may count MA201, MA205, and MA255 towards that major or minor.

  4. In order to proceed in a General BSc program a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 4.00 (C-). A student whose cumulative GPA is less than 4.00 (C-) but not less than 2.00 (D) will be allowed to proceed on academic probation.

  5. To graduate the student must complete all requirements listed in the program description, with a cumulative GPA of at least 5.00 (C) computed on all courses of the major subject and a cumulative GPA of at least 4.00 (C-) overall.


All courses listed are one-half credit, except for:
* 1 credit course
0.25 credit course