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Physics (BSc)

Physics (BSc)

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Physics 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 Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Physics program provides you with a strong foundation in Newtonian physics, electricity, magnetism, optics and electronics, in combination with mathematics.

Program Highlights

  • co-op-icon.jpgYou 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.

First-Year Courses

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

Choice may be offered for a selection of these courses. For detailed information, visit Program Requirements.

Admission Requirements

We encourage applicants of all academic backgrounds to apply.

Ontario High School Curriculum

  • Minimum admission range: mid 70s.
  • Competitive admission range, based on last year’s admitted students: high 80s.
  • English at 60%.
  • Advanced Functions at 60%.
  • Two of Calculus, Chemistry or Physics at 60%.
  • All prerequisite courses calculated in admission average.

Other Curriculums

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for international curriculums, other Canadian curriculums, transfer students and more.

Design Your Degree

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

  • Management Option
  • Mathematics Minor 
  • Computer Science Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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