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What makes the world go ‘round? Physicists are the key.


Answer the big questions and study to further our understanding of the physical world.

Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences. It is the study of matter and energy, space and time, and of the relations between them. Through the study of forces, matter, radiation, energy and all of their interactions, physicists seek to understand the world we live in. Advances in physics often lead to technological advances and sometimes influence the other sciences.

Faculty members in the Department of Physics at Laurentian University play a key role in the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory laboratory (SNOLAB), a world-class research facility that helps scientists understand the origins and nature of the universe

The study of physics will provide you with the tools to shape the future, to determine solutions to new and evolving challenges, some of which we don't even know exist yet.

Key Features

Core studies in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, atomic and nuclear physics, optics, thermodynamics and quantum physics.
Options in biomedical physics, mathematical and computational physics, advanced optics, condensed matter and particle physics.
Laurentian University is a founding member of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Institute, recognized recently with the awarding of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics to Professor McDonald.

Career Opportunities

Physicists are employed in a broad range of industries with major opportunities for cutting-edge careers in research, education, technology and industry:

  • Research: fundamental and applied, including product development
  • Healthcare: medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and others
  • Software development: data science, machine learning, and others
  • Teaching: at all levels of education
  • Consulting: technology, business and others
  • Many non-traditional careers: management, sales and marketing, finance and law, others.

Nicolas Meilleur

Studying Physics at Laurentian is an enormous privilege! What sold the program to me was that most of the faculty are actively researching at SNO+ lab, we have very exciting labs and after the first year our class sizes become incredibly small. Plus, doing activities with the Phi club like Physics movie nights or board game nights and the potential plans to build either a trebuchet or a cloud chamber as a group project is very enjoyable. I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to challenge themselves in the understanding of how things work.

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.”

— Albert Einstein

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