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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
July 6, 2015

Canadian Excellence

Physics



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 physics teacher
  • geophysicist
  • nuclear industry
  • university science tutor
  • software test engineer for scientific instruments
  • 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
Mechanics
one elective course

Data Structures I
Intro to Differential & Integral Calculus
Thermodynamics & Waves
two elective courses

Summer Vacation

Year 2

Multivariable Calculus
Differential Equations I
Digital Electronics
Electricity and Magnetism
one elective course

Analog Electronics
Classical Mechanics
Optics
Modern Physics
one elective course

Work Term 1

Year 3

Physical Computing
Quantum Mechanics I
Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics
one physics elective course
one elective course

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

Work Term 2


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