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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
February 28, 2015

Canadian Excellence


The aim of the program is to provide a broad foundation in physics with specific emphasis on electronics, photonics, and solid state physics.

Career examples of our graduates:

  • high school teacher
  • nuclear industry
  • scientific instruments company
  • MSc at various physics programs in Ontario

Co-op Experience

All full-time honours students in Physics may apply for the Co-op option. Admission to this limited-enrolment option is competitive and is based on academic record, recent work and volunteer experience, extracurricular activities and interview performance. Physics students complete two work terms of at least 10 weeks each, usually in the summers following their second and third years.

Sample Schedule: Physics with two co-op work terms

Fall Term Winter Term Summer Term
Year 1 Introduction to Programming
Intro to Differential & Integral Calculus
Introductory Linear Algebra
one-half elective credit

Data Structures
Intro to Differential & Integral Calculus
Introduction to Mathematical Proofs
Thermodynamics & Waves
Digital Electronics

Summer Vacation

Year 2 Fundamentals of Chemistry
Multivariable Calculus
Differential Equations I
Electronics Laboratory I
Electricity and Magnetism

Continuous and Discrete Transforms
Analog Electronics
Classical Mechanics
Modern Physics

Work Term 1

Year 3

Electronics Laboratory II
Quantum Mechanics I
Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics
one physics elective course
two elective courses

Intro to Scientific Computation
Quantum Mechanics II
Electromagnetic Theory
one physics elective course
elective course

Work Term 2

Year 4 Solid State Physics
two physics elective courses
one elective course
two physics elective courses
three elective courses