Physics (PHYS)

Physics (PHYS)

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Note: This segment lists undergraduate courses and programs in Physics only. Course and program descriptions for Astronomy and Astrophysics may be found in the Astronomy (ASTR) segment of Section 5 in this Calendar while graduate course descriptions and graduate programs in Astronomy may be found in the Graduate Academic Calendar.

Degree Programs in Physics

The Department offers three different levels of undergraduate study in physics. These include a physics concentration and minor suitable for general science students who want a basic understanding of the fundamentals of physics; a physics major suitable for students who want a solid physics education but who do not necessarily intend to practice physics professionally or go on to graduate school; and a physics honours program for those who require a rigorous training in classical and quantum physics who intend to pursue physics professionally or in postgraduate studies. The major and honours programs are virtually identical through the third year, and students do not need to commit to the honours program until after third year. However, the student nust secure a supervisor for the honours thesis (PHYS 4790) before applying to the honours program.

In addition to the physics concentration, major, and honours programs, there are double major physics programs with mathematics, chemistry, and philosophy at both the major and honours levels consistent with the regulations governing double major and double honours programs in Science and in Arts as outlined in Section 3.


Major in Physics - Requirements

The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science with Major apply as listed in this Academic Calendar under the heading of Faculty of Science, Bachelor of Science – Major, in Section Three. The specific list of forty-two (42) required credit hours in PHYS used to satisfy 6(d) is contained in the following list of required Science courses for the program:


Double Major in Physics and Other Science - Requirements

The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science with Double Major apply as listed in this Academic Calendar under the heading of Faculty of Science, Bachelor of Science – Double Major, in Section Three. The specific list of thirty-six (36) required credit hours in PHYS used to satisfy 7(a) is contained in the following list of required Science courses for the program:

Honours in Physics - Requirements:

The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science with Honours apply as listed in this Academic Calendar under the heading of Faculty of Science, Bachelor of Science – Honours and Double Honours, in Section Three. Students must secure a supervisor for the Honours thesis (PHYS 4790) before applying to the Honours program. The specific list of sixty-three (63) required credit hours in PHYS used to satisfy 11(a) is contained in the following list of required Science courses for the program:


Double Honours in Physics and Other Science - Requirements:

The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science with Double Honours apply as listed in this Academic Calendar under the heading of Faculty of Science, Bachelor of Science – Honours and Double Honours in Section Three. The specific list of Physics courses which satisfies the minimum forty-eight (48) required credit hours in PHYS (if thesis completed in Physics) or the minimum of forty-two (42) required credit hours in PHYS (if thesis completed in another science) is contained in the following list of required Science courses for the program:


Concentration in Physics – Requirements:

The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science General with Concentration in Physics apply as listed in this Academic Calendar under the heading of Faculty of Science, Bachelor of Science – General (with a Concentration) in Section Three. The specific list of minimum thirty (30) required credit hours in PHYS used to satisfy 3(d) is contained in the following list of required Science courses:


Physics Minor - Requirements

The requirements for a Minor in Physics are the same as those listed for Bachelor of Science – Major and Minor in Section three of this Academic Calendar. The specific list of thirty (30) required credit hours in PHYS courses are below: