Physics

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

We offer a unique learning environment with one-on-one interaction with Physics professors.

In fact, the student-to-professor ratio in the Department of Physics at Laurentian University is currently ranked as one of the best in the country. 

Our students are immersed in an international and vibrant physics community and can do world-class research beginning in the first year on campus or in nearby facilities that include SNOLAB and the Northeast Cancer Centre, Health Sciences North. With all these reasons, our students have the best chance of meeting and exceeding their academic goals.

More information about the on-going research and activities can be found on the website of the Department of Physics.

Academic Advisor

Christine Kraus

Telephone: 705.675.1151 x 4337

Email: ckraus@laurentian.ca

Office: Secretary: Curtis St. Jean, 705.675.1151 x 2220, cy_stjean@laurentienne.ca

How to Apply
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Program Language: English

Delve into the science that explains the world around us.
 

Physics is the study of matter, energy, space and time, and of the relations between them. It describes the universe at various levels (particles, nuclei, atoms, solids, liquids, living objects, planets, stars, galaxies) and challenges and extends our understanding about all existing things.

 

Apply fundamental concepts into cutting-edge technologies.

 

Physicists of today are involved in all aspects of the modern technologies. The wealth of concepts offered in the program form individuals with multiple capabilities, highly desired in both academic research and industry. This includes, but is not limited to, critical thinking to solve problems, software development, advanced mathematical tools, as well as data science and analysis.

 

Specialize your studies.

 

As physics covers a vast spectrum of diverse environments, it provides a broad and solid base for many fields of research and offers infinite career opportunities. At Laurentian, physics students can also articulate their studies with majors and minors in other streams, for example:

 

  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Computer science
  • Mathematics
  • Biomedical physics
     

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Three or four-year (Honours) programs lead to a Bachelor of Science in Physics
  • Physics faculty members are engaged in astroparticle physics research at SNOLAB, a world-class and world-renowned research facility that helps scientists understand the origins and nature of the universe. This lab, located 25 kilometres from the main Sudbury campus and two kilometres underground, is one of the world’s premier laboratories for the study of dark matter, neutrinos and supernovas. Interested students can complete a fourth-year undergraduate thesis in this area.
  • Interested students can include 12 credits of health physics courses and complete a fourth-year undergraduate thesis in this area.
  • The program features courses in electricity and magnetism, mechanics, thermodynamics, theoretical physics, and quantum mechanics.
  • Research funding provides for summer job opportunities in particle astrophysics, medical physics, and theoretical physics. Part-time research assistantships are also possible during the terms.
  • A Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Physics and a Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy are also available.

Ontario High School Applicants

1 grade 12 English U/M course

1 grade 12 4U Advanced Functions

1 grade 12 U/M Science course

1 additional grade 12 U/M Math or Science course

2 other grade 12 U/M courses 

A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses


Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.

 

Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics

Total 120 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Specialization in Physics

First Year
CHMI 1006E/F     General Chemistry I*
CHMI 1007E/F     General Chemistry II
COSC 1046E     Computer Science I
COSC 1047E     Computer Science II
MATH 1036E/F     Calculus I**
MATH 1037E/F     Calculus II
MATH 1057E/F     Linear Algebra I
PHYS 1006E/F     Introductory Physics I
PHYS 1007E/F     Introductory Physics II
3 elective credits#

*Students lacking grade 12 4U Chemistry must first take CHMI 1041.
**Students lacking grade 12 4U Advanced Functions or who have attained a  grade of less than 60% must first take MATH 1912.

Second Year
PHYS 2006E     Introduction to Electricity and Electronics
PHYS 2016E     Modern Physics
PHYS 2017E     Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 2117E     Experimental Physics
PHYS 2137E     Modern Optics
PHYS 2406E     Mechanics I
PHYS 2407E     Mechanics II
MATH 2037E/F     Advanced Calculus
MATH 2066E/F     Introduction to Differential Equations
STAT 2246E/F     Statistics for Scientists


Third Year
PHYS 3017E     Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 3036E     Classical Thermodynamics
PHYS 3107E     Theoretical Physics II
PHYS 3116E     Advanced Laboratory I
PHYS 3416E     Introductory Quantum Mechanics
PHYS 3466E     Theoretical Classical Physics
12 elective credits#

Fourth Year
PHYS 4067E     Instrumentation
PHYS 4115E     Research and Thesis (6 credits)
PHYS 4406E     Electromagnetic Theory
PHYS 4417E     Advanced Quantum Mechanics
15 elective credits#

#Elective credits selection. A total of 30 elective credits must be chosen according to the following:

  • Elective courses should be chosen in consultation with the Academic Advisor;
  • Maximum of 21 credits at 1000 and/or 9100 level courses;
  • Minimum of 12 credits from the Arts;
  • Minimum of 15 credits must be chosen from lists A and B with a minimum of 6 credits from list A.

List A
PHYS 4106E     Topics in Theoretical Physics
PHYS 4426E     Introductory Solid State Physics
PHYS 4437E     Statistical Thermodynamics
PHYS 4457E     Nuclear and Particle Physics
PHYS 4707E     Advanced Laboratory Project
PHYS 4816E     Computational Physics II
PHYS 4995E     Directed Studies in Physics

List B
PHYS 1905E     General Astronomy
PHYS 2506E     Medical Radiation Physics
PHYS 2606E     Biophysics of Fluids
PHYS 2616E     Physics of Hearing and Vision
PHYS 3046E     Mechanical Properties of Solids and Fluids
PHYS 3306E     Radiobiology and Radiation Protection
PHYS 3506E     Physics of Medical Imaging
PHYS 3507E     Physics of Radiation Therapy
PHYS 3606E     Chaos and Dynamical Diseases
PHYS 3616E     Use of Lasers and Fibre Optics in Health Sciences
PHYS 3706E     Physics Laboratory Project II
PHYS 3816E     Computational Physics I
PHYS-3906E     Topics in Astronomy and Space Science
PHYS-3907E     Astronomy Research Project
PHYS-3916E     Foundations of Astronomy and the Physical Sciences
CHMI 3536E/F     Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy
CHMI 3537E     Introduction to Quantum Chemistry
CHMI 4576E     Statistical Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
CHMI 4597E     Computer-Aided Molecular Simulations and Chemical Design
COSC/MATH 3416E     Numerical Methods I
GEOL 4956E     Geophysics
MATH 3046E     Complex Analysis
MATH 3236E     Probability and Statistics
MATH 4067E     Mathematical Theory of Dynamical Systems
MATH 4166E     Methods of Applied Mathematics

** Many of these courses are not offered each year, please consult your academic advisor for proposed course offerings

Note:    Students may not exceed 48 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Major in Physics

PHYS 1006E     Introductory Physics I

PHYS 1007E     Introductory Physics II

36 upper year Physics credits from the following: *

     PHYS 2006E     Introduction to Electricity and Electronics

     PHYS 2016E     Modern Physics

     PHYS 2017E     Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism

     PHYS 2117E     Experimental Physics

     PHYS 2137E     Modern Optics

     PHYS 2406E     Mechanics I

     PHYS 2407E     Mechanics II

     PHYS 3017E     Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism

     PHYS 3036E     Classical Thermodynamics

     PHYS 3046E     Mechanical Properties of Solids and Fluids

     PHYS 3107E     Theoretical Physics II

     PHYS 3116E     Advanced Laboratory I

     PHYS 3416E     Introductory Quantum Mechanics

     PHYS 3466E     Theoretical Classical Physics

     PHYS 4067E     Instrumentation

     PHYS 4106E     Topics in Theoretical Physics

     PHYS 4137E     Advanced Modern Optics

     PHYS 4406E     Electromagnetic Theory

     PHYS 4417E     Advanced Quantum Mechanics

     PHYS 4426E     Introductory Solid State Physics

     PHYS 4437E     Statistical Thermodynamics

     PHYS 4457E     Nuclear and Particle Physics

           maximum 9 credits from the following:

               PHYS 2506E    Medical Radiation Physics

               PHYS 2606E    Biophysics of Fluids

               PHYS 2616E    Physics of Hearing and Vision

               PHYS 2626E    Environmental Biophysics

               PHYS 3306E    Radiobiology and Radiation protection

               PHYS 3506E    Physics of Medical Imaging

               PHYS 3507E    Physics of Radiation Therapy

               PHYS 3606E    Chaos and Dynamical Diseases

               PHYS 3616E    Use of Lasers and Fibre Optics in Health Sciences

               GEOL 4956E    Geophysics

   MATH 1036E**     Calculus I

   MATH 1037E     Calculus II

   12 credits from the Humanities and/or Social Sciences

   60 elective credits#

* Students must take these courses in sequence and respect the course prerequisites as indicated in the course description.

** Students lacking grade 12 4U Advanced Functions or who have attained a grade of less than 60% must first take MATH 1912.

#  Students must complete either a minor (24 credits) or a second major (42 credits) from the courses not used in the Physics major.

Note:    Students may not exceed 48 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Bachelor of Science (General) in Physics

Total 90 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Concentration in Physics

First Year
CHMI 1006E/F     General Chemistry I*
CHMI 1007E/F     General Chemistry II
COSC 1046E     Computer Science I
COSC 1047E     Computer Science II
MATH 1036E/F     Calculus I**
MATH 1037E/F     Calculus II
MATH 1057E/F     Linear Algebra I
PHYS 1006E/F     Introductory Physics I
PHYS 1007E/F     Introductory Physics II
3 elective credits#

*Students lacking grade 12 4U Chemistry must first take CHMI 1041.
**Students lacking grade 12 4U Advanced Functions or who have attained a   grade of less than 60% must first take MATH 1912.

Second Year
PHYS 2006E     Introduction to Electricity and Electronics
PHYS 2016E     Modern Physics
PHYS 2017E     Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 2117E     Experimental Physics
PHYS 2137E     Modern Optics
PHYS 2406E     Mechanics I
PHYS 2407E     Mechanics II
MATH 2066E/F     Introduction to Differential Equations
STAT 2246E/F     Statistics for Scientists
3 elective credits#

Third Year
PHYS 3036E     Classical Thermodynamics
PHYS 3116E     Advanced Laboratory I
PHYS 3416E     Introductory Quantum Mechanics
21 elective credits#


#Elective credits selection. A total of 27 elective credits must be chosen according to the following:

  • Elective courses should be chosen in consultation with the Academic Advisor;
  • Maximum of 21 credits at 1000 and/or 9100 level courses;
  • Minimum of 12 credits from the Arts;
  • Minimum of 9 credits must be chosen from the list below,

List of Physics Electives

PHYS 2506E     Medical Radiation Physics
PHYS 3017E     Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 3046E     Mechanical Properties of Solids and Fluids
PHYS 3107E     Theoretical Physics II
PHYS 3306E     Radiobiology and Radiation Protection
PHYS 3466E     Theoretical Classical Physics
PHYS 3506E     Physics of Medical Imaging
PHYS 3507E     Physics of Radiation Therapy
PHYS 3606E     Chaos and Dynamical Diseases
PHYS 3616E     Use of Lasers and Fibre Optics in Health Sciences
PHYS 3706E     Physics Laboratory Project II
PHYS 3816E     Computational Physics I
PHYS 3906E     Topics in Astronomy and Space Science
PHYS 3907E     Astronomy Research Project
PHYS 3916E     Foundations of Astronomy and the Physical Sciences
PHYS 4067E     Instrumentation
PHYS 4406E     Electromagnetic Theory
PHYS 4417E     Advanced Quantum Mechanics
PHYS 4426E     Introductory Solid State Physics
PHYS 4437E     Statistical Thermodynamics
PHYS 4457E     Nuclear and Particle Physics
PHYS 4816E     Computational Physics II

Note:    Students may not exceed 48 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Minor in Physics

PHYS 1006E         Introductory Physics I

PHYS 1007E         Introductory Physics II

18 upper year Physics credits from the following:  *

     PHYS 2006E      Introduction to Electricity and Electronics

     PHYS 2016E     Modern Physics

     PHYS 2017E     Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism

     PHYS 2117E     Experimental Physics     

     PHYS 2137E     Modern Optics

     PHYS 2406E     Mechanics I

     PHYS 2407E     Mechanics II

     PHYS 3017E     Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism

     PHYS 3036E     Classical Thermodynamics

     PHYS 3046E     Mechanical Properties of Solids and Fluids

     PHYS 3107E     Theoretical Physics II

     PHYS 3116E     Advanced Laboratory I

     PHYS 3416E     Introductory Quantum Mechanics

     PHYS 3466E     Theoretical Classical Physics

     PHYS 4067E     Instrumentation

     PHYS 4106E     Topics in Theoretical Physics

     PHYS 4137E     Advanced Modern Optics

     PHYS 4406E     Electromagnetic Theory

     PHYS 4417E     Advanced Quantum Mechanics

     PHYS 4426E     Introductory Solid State Physics

     PHYS 4437E     Statistical Thermodynamics

     PHYS 4457E     Nuclear and Particle Physics

           maximum 6 credits from the following:

               PHYS 2506E     Medical Radiation Physics

               PHYS 2606E     Biophysics of Fluids

               PHYS 2616E     Physics of Hearing and Vision

               PHYS 2626E     Environmental Biophysics

               PHYS 3306E     Radiobiology and Radiation protection

               PHYS 3506E     Physics of Medical Imaging

               PHYS 3507E     Physics of Radiation Therapy

               PHYS 3606E     Chaos and Dynamical Diseases

               PHYS 3616E     Use of Lasers and Fibre Optics in Health Sciences

               GEOL 4956E     Geophysics

*  Students must take these courses in sequence and respect the course prerequisites as indicated in the course description.

Note:    Students who wish to complete a minor in Physics must also complete MATH 1036/1037 as these courses are prerequisites for many upper year PHYS courses.

 

Year:

PHYS-1006EL - Introductory Physics I PHYS-1007EL - Introductory Physics II PHYS-1206EL - Physics for the Life Science I PHYS-1207EL - Physics for the Life Science II PHYS-1211EL - Understanding Physics I PHYS-1212EL - Understanding Physics II PHYS-1905EL - General Astronomy PHYS-2006EL - Introduction to Electricity and Electronics PHYS-2016EL - Modern Physics PHYS-2017EL - Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism PHYS-2117EL - Experimental Physics PHYS-2137EL - Modern Optics PHYS-2406EL - Mechanics I PHYS-2407EL - Mechanics II PHYS-2506EL - Medical Radiation Physics PHYS-2506EL - Medical Radiation Physics PHYS-2606EL - Biophysics of Fluids PHYS-2616EL - Physics of Hearing and Vision PHYS-2707EL - Physics Laboratory Project I PHYS-3017EL - Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism PHYS-3036EL - Classical Thermodynamics
PHYS-3046EL - Mechanical Properties of Solids and Fluids PHYS-3107EL - Theoretical Physics II PHYS-3116EL - Advanced Laboratory I PHYS-3306EL - Radiobiology and Radiation Protection PHYS-3416EL - Introductory Quantum Mechanics PHYS-3466EL - Theoretical Classical Physics PHYS-3506EL - Physics of Medical Imaging PHYS-3507EL - Physics of Radiation Therapy PHYS-3616EL - Use of Lasers and Fibre Optics in Health Sciences PHYS-3706EL - Physics Laboratory Project II PHYS-3816EL - Computational Physics I PHYS-4067EL - Instrumentation PHYS-4115EL - Research and Thesis PHYS-4406EL - Electromagnetic Theory PHYS-4417EL - Advanced Quantum Mechanics PHYS-4426EL - Introductory Solid State Physics PHYS-4437EL - Statistical Thermodynamics PHYS-4457EL - Nuclear and Particle Physics PHYS-4505EL - Research Project PHYS-4707EL - Advanced Laboratory Project PHYS-4816EL - Computational Physics II

Sessional Faculty:

P.E. Legault : Planetarium Director

B. Aharmim : Sessional Member

C. MacDonald: Sessional Member
K.W. Leszczynski Ph.D. (Manitoba) : Sessional Member

S. Kaluzienski : Laboratory Technologist

 

Mohamed Azzouz

Mohamed Azzouz

Department of Physics
Gennady Chitov

Gennady Chitov

Department of Physics
Jacques Farine

Jacques Farine

Department of Physics
Ubirajara Ferraiolo Wichoski

Ubirajara Ferraiolo Wichoski

Department of Physics
Eduardo Galiano-Riveros

Eduardo Galiano-Riveros

Department of Physics
Rizwan Haq

Rizwan Haq

Office of the Vice-President, Research
Christine Kraus

Christine Kraus

Department of Physics
Robert Leclair

Robert Leclair

Department of Physics
Caio Licciardi

Caio Licciardi

Department of Physics
Clarence Virtue

Clarence Virtue

Department of Physics