Physics (BSc)

Explore the properties and interactions of matter, energy and force. Study Newtonian and modern physics, quantum mechanics, electricity, magnetism, optics and electronics – all in combination with mathematics. Learn how to assess and solve problems quantitatively, then put your learning into practice by participating in faculty research projects. You could construct fibre lasers, explore quantum computers or design biosensors at the nanoscale.

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Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you’ll have access to in the Physics program:

Check out the Physics Experience Guide.

 

2020 graduates who secured employment or went on to postgraduate studies

 

Laurier ranks in the top 6 percent of universities worldwide*

 

students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2019/20

*Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)

Admissions

Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term)     OUAC code: USP

Your Path to Medical School

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Get one step closer to your medical school dreams at Laurier!

Our pathway agreement with American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) means you’re automatically granted an admissions interview to the AUC School of Medicine if you meet all academic requirements. Upon graduation, you’ll have the opportunity to write exams to practice medicine in Canada, the UK or the United States.

Program Options and Courses

Options and Minors

These are a few of the many popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Management Option
  • Minor in Computer Science
  • Minor in Mathematics

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

First-Year Courses

  • Calculus I
  • Introduction to Functions and Differential Calculus
  • Introductory Linear Algebra  
  • Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics and Waves
  • 2.5 elective credits

Sample First-Year Electives

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Our Digital Earth
  • Values and Society

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Data Communication and Networks
  • Fibre Optics
  • Optical Networks

Co-op

Co-op is a way to integrate what you are learning in the classroom with practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, earn money, develop your network, and graduate with work experience.

You can apply for admission to co-op in your first year and may be eligible for an admission interview early in your second year. As a student in this program, you will be eligible to complete paid work terms lasting 12 to 16 weeks.

Interested? Learn more about co-op.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.

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"The Physics program at Laurier was definitely the right choice for me. The small class sizes allowed for a comfortable lecture atmosphere as well as the opportunity to create excellent relationships with my professors. The faculty were very approachable and helpful any time I needed guidance or even just to chat."

Greg Hovesen, Physics graduate

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"Throughout my undergrad, I was given the opportunity to explore many branches of physics beyond courses completing research and projects for professors in class. These opportunities led to my interest and passion to pursue further education."

Gerard Tatel, Physics graduate

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • biophysicist
  • computational physicist
  • geophysicist
  • health equipment designer
  • industrial hygienist
  • light and optics specialist
  • nuclear medical technologist
  • product designer
  • quality assurance specialist
  • system/software engineer
  • telecommunication specialist

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

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"Dr. Ghose is another incredible educator; after taking her quantum computing course I fell in love with the subject. I did a fourth year research project with her and this opened the door for my graduate studies at UW in quantum information. My years at Laurier were an excellent experience and I cannot recommend it highly enough!"

Margie Christ, Physics graduate

Interested in More Info?

Email chooselaurier@wlu.ca, call 519.884.0710 x3385 or see all contact information.