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The following programs are offered in the Physics Department:

Honours Major Programs
Regular
Honours Physics
Honours Chemical Physics (joint with Chemistry Department)

Co-operative
Honours Co-operative Applied Physics

Minor in Physics

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Honours Major Programs Regular

Honours Physics

The Honours Physics program is in the form of a core of required courses, plus appropriate electives. The electives available in the second, third, and fourth years allow students to strengthen complementary areas of interest whether in some specific field in Physics or in some other subject area. Some examples are given below under the heading "Elective Programs".

Admission to, and continuance in, Honours Physics requires an overall cumulative average of 60% and a 60% Physics average each year. In addition, students must have an average of at least 65% in PHYS 121/122 and MATH 125/126, 127/128 in order to be admitted to Year Two.

In order to graduate with an Honours Physics degree, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Successful completion of 19.0 lecture credits plus 2.0 Physics lab credits.
  2. Mandatory courses as listed below.


Year One
Fall

PHYS 10, 121/121L
MATH 125, 127
CHEM 120/120L+
One elective (0.5 credit)*

Winter
PHYS 10, 122/122L, 123
MATH 126, 128
CHEM 123/123L+


Year Two
Fall

PHYS 10, 252/252L, 256/256L
MATH 227P, 228
One elective (0.5 credit)

Winter
PHYS 10, 234, 253/253L, 263
Two electives (1.0 credit)


Year Three
Fall

PHYS 10, 334, 358, 360A, 364
Electives totalling at least 0.75 credits

Winter
PHYS 10, 355, 359, 365
Two electives (1.0 credit)
One elective 300-level Physics lab (0.25 credit)


Year Four
Students entering Year Four must take a total of 5.0 credits, which must include the following: PHYS 10, 434, 435**, 441A/B, plus an additional 1.0 credit of Physics electives. PHYS 437A and 454 are strongly recommended for students intending to do graduate work. For those planning to do graduate work in Theoretical Physics, at least two from PHYS 444, 463, 464 and 475 are recommended.
+ Year One Chemistry may be replaced by Year One Biology or Earth Sciences courses. Note that all students in Year One Science are required to have credits from at least two different disciplines from the Faculty of Science (see "Program and Course Selections").
* Students with little computer programming experience are recommended to take CS 102 in the Fall term before taking PHYS 123 in the Winter term.
** Students specializing in Astrophysics or Biophysics may substitute an appropriate course in one of these areas for the PHYS 435 requirement, by permission of the Undergraduate Officer.

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Elective Programs

The "core plus electives" structure of the Honours Physics and Honours Co-op Applied Physics programs allow a great variety of combinations of courses to be taken. By judicious selection of elective courses, students can deepen their knowledge of theoretical or experimental physics, or emphasize particular aspects of the subject, for example solid state physics, astrophysics or biophysics. It is also possible (subject to timetable restrictions) for physics students to use their elective courses to gain expertise in other subjects, for example business administration, computing, electricald engineering or philosophy. The departmental Undergraduate Advisors are available to assist any student who wishes to build such a coherent elective program.

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Honours Chemical Physics
(Joint with Chemistry Department)
(see "Chemistry")

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Honours Major Program Co-operative

Honours Co-op Applied Physics

Applied Physics is an Honours program in the form of a core of required courses, plus appropriate electives. The electives available in the second, third, and fourth years allow students to strengthen complementary areas of interest whether in some specific field in physics or in some other subject area. Some examples are given above under the heading "Elective Programs".

Through the Co-operative part of the program Applied Physics students have the opportunity of exposure to practical research and development situations in Government and industry. Work opportunities, which are available on ad competitive basis, are co-ordinated to complement the student's course work and interest where possible. Many work-term experiences, especially in the upper years, provide the student with a deeper insight into the meaning and methods of research as well as an incentive to develop course work. Such experience provides a contribution to the development of a scientist which cannot be learned in lecture courses, and helps prepare an individual to apply a fundamental physics background to the solution of practical problems.

See the "Department of Co-operative Education and Career Services" for further information about the Co-operative work terms.

Admission to, and continuance in, Honours Co-op Applied Physics requires an overall cumulative average of 60% and a 60% Physics average in Year One and in each subsequent term. In addition, students must have an average of at least 65% in PHYS 121/122 and MATH 125/126, 127, 128 in order to be admitted to Year Two.

In order to graduate with an Honours Co-op Applied Physics degree, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Successful completion of 19.0 lecture credits plus 2.0 physics lab credits.
  2. Mandatory courses as listed below.


Year One
1A (Fall)

PHYS 10, 121/121L
MATH 125, 127
CHEM 120/120L+
One elective (0.5 credit)*

1B (Winter or Spring)
PHYS 10, 122/122L, 123
MATH 126, 128
CHEM 123/123L+


Year Two
2A (Fall)

PHYS 10, 252/252L, 256/256L
MATH 227P, 228
One elective (0.5 credit)

2B (Spring)
PHYS 10, 234, 253/253L, 263
Two electives (1.0 credit)


Year Three
3A (Spring)

PHYS 10, 334, 358, 360A, 364
Electives totalling at least 0.75 credits

3B (Winter)
PHYS 10, 355, 359 365
Two electives (1.0 credit)
One elective 300-level Physics lab (0.25 credit)


Year Four
Students entering Year Four must take a total of 5.0 credits, which must include the following:

4A and B (Fall and Winter)
PHYS 10, 434, 435**, 441A/B, plus an additional 1.0 credit of Physics electives. PHYS 437A and PHYS 454 are strongly recommended for students intending to do graduate work. For those planning to do graduate work in Theoretical Physics, at least two from PHYS 444, 463, 464 and 475 are recommended.


+ Year One Chemistry may be replaced by Year One Biology or Earth Sciences courses. Note that all students in Year One Science are required to have credits from at least two different disciplines from the Faculty of Science (see "Program and Course Selections").
* Students with little computer programming experience are recommended to take CS 102 in 1A before taking PHYS 123 in 1B.
** Students specializing in Astrophysics or Biophysics may substitute an appropriate course in one of these areas for the PHYS 435 requirement, by permission of the Undergraduate Officer.

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Minor in Physics

In order to graduate with a Minor in Physics, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Successful completion of 4.5 Physics lecture credits and 1.0 Physics lab credit, with a minimum cumulative average of 60% in all Physics courses attempted.
  2. Lecture credits must include: PHYS 121/122 and at least 2.5 other credits in core Physics subjects.
  3. Lecture credits must include at least 1.5 credits from 300- or 400-level Physics courses.

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