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Physics (BSc)


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 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

  • You may apply for the co-op option, which includes two 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.
  • Physics Professor Shohini Ghose is one of just two Canadians selected to be a 2014 TED Fellow – a designation that had her sharing the spotlight with Melinda and Bill Gates.
  • Take this program in combination with Chemistry to focus on materials and nanoscience where you learn how to tailor the essential structures of materials at the nanoscale to achieve specific properties.
  • 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


  • Admission range of mid-70s.
  • English at 60%.
  • Advanced Functions at 60%.
  • Two of the following: Calculus and Vectors, Chemistry or Physics at 60%.
  • Chemistry and Physics requires English at 60%, and Chemistry, Advanced Functions, and Calculus and Vectors at 75%.
  • All prerequisite courses calculated in admission average.
  • More admission requirements, including requirements for transfer students, are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • HL or SL Mathematics at 3.
  • One of HL or SL Chemistry or Physics at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.
  • Chemistry and Physics requires HL or SL English at 3, as well as HL or SL Chemistry and Mathematics at 4. IB Minimum Score: 26.


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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