Physics and Space Science Undergraduate Programmes

 

General Information

The Department of Physics offers the following programmes of study: B.Sc. Honours Physics, B.Sc. Honours Space Science, B.Sc. Physics, B.Sc. Space Science and a B.Sc. Physics and Space Science. Other double majors are possible, for details see the undergraduate advisor in the department.

The requirements for both the B.Sc. Honours Physics and B.Sc. Physics or B.Sc. Honours Space Science and B.Sc. Space Science are listed in the tables along with optional courses which are selectively timetabled.

B.Sc. Honours Physics

Completion of a 42 credit programme, including the core courses for science programmes. A minimum of 20 credits in Physics, approved by the department.

Semester Fall
year 1
Winter
year 1
Fall
year 2
Winter
year 2
Courses
  • ENE100
  • PSE103
  • PHE104
  • CCE101
  • MAE101
  • ENE100 (cont'd)
  • CSE101
  • PHE104 (cont'd)
  • CCE101 (cont'd)
  • MAE101 (cont'd)
  • MAE129
  • HIE207
  • MAE226
  • PHE205 (w\lab)
  • PHE225 (w\lab)
  • Optional Footnote1
    • 1 credit
  • HIE203
  • POE205
  • MAE227
  • PHE217 (w\lab)
  • Optional Footnote1
    • 1 credit
Semester total 5 credits 6 credits 5 credits 5 credits
Semester Fall
year 3
Winter
year 3
Fall
year 4
Winter
year 4
Courses
  • PSE301
  • MAE325
  • PHE302
  • PHE304
  • PHE332 or (1 optional credit) Footnote2
    • Optional Footnote1
      • 1 credit
    • HIE271
    • PHE460
    • PHE305
    • PHE462
    • PHE307 or (1 optional credit) Footnote2
    • POE116
    • PHE420
    • Senior Physics
      • 2 credits
    • Elective
      • 1 credit
    • PSE401
    • PHE420 (cont'd)
    • Senior Physics
      • 2 credits
    • Elective 
      • 1 credit
    Semester total 6 credits 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits
     

    B.Sc. Physics

    Completion of a 42 credit programme, including the core courses for science programmes. A minimum of 16 credits in Physics, approved by the department.

    Semester Fall
    year 1
    Winter
    year 1
    Fall
    year 2
    Winter
    year 2
    Courses
    • ENE100
    • PSE103
    • PHE104
    • CCE101
    • MAE101
    • ENE100 (cont'd)
    • CSE101
    • PHE104 (cont'd)
    • CCE101 (cont'd)
    • MAE101 (cont'd)
    • MAE129
    • HIE207
    • MAE226
    • PHE205 (w\lab)
    • PHE225 (w\lab)
    • Optional Footnote1
      • 1 credit
    • HIE203
    • POE205
    • MAE227
    • PHE217 (w\lab)
    • Optional Footnote1
      • 1 credit
    Semester total 5 credits 6 credits 5 credits 5 credits
    Semester Fall
    year 3
    Winter
    year 3
    Fall
    year 4
    Winter
    year 4
    Courses
    • PSE301
    • MAE325
    • PHE302
    • PHE304
    • PHE332 or (1 optional credit) Footnote2
      • Optional Footnote1
        • 1 credit
      • HIE271
      • PHE460
      • PHE305
      • PHE462
      • PHE307 or (1 optional credit) Footnote2
      • POE116
      • Optional Footnote1
        • 1 credit
      • Elective
        • 3 credits
      • PSE401
      • Optional Footnote1
        • 1 credit
      • Elective 
        • 3 credits
      Semester total 6 credits 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits
       

      B.Sc. Honours Space Science

      Completion of a 42 credit programme, including the core courses for science programmes. A minimum of 20 credits in Physics, approved by the department.

      Semester Fall
      year 1
      Winter
      year 1
      Fall
      year 2
      Winter
      year 2
      Courses
      • ENE100
      • PSE103
      • PHE104
      • CCE101
      • MAE101
      • ENE100 (cont'd)
      • CSE101
      • PHE104 (cont'd)
      • CCE101 (cont'd)
      • MAE101 (cont'd)
      • MAE129
      • HIE207
      • MAE226
      • PHE205 (w\lab)
      • PHE225 (w\lab)
      • PHE255
      • HIE203
      • POE205
      • MAE227
      • PHE217 (w\lab)
      • Optional Footnote3
        • 1 credit
      Semester total 5 credits 6 credits 5 credits 5 credits
      Semester Fall
      year 3
      Winter
      year 3
      Fall
      year 4
      Winter
      year 4
      Courses
      • PSE301
      • MAE325
      • PHE302
      • PHE350
      • PHE332 or (1 optional credit) Footnote4
        • Optional Footnote3
          • 1 credit
        • HIE271
        • PHE460
        • PHE355
        • PHE462
        • PHE307 or (1 optional credit) Footnote4
        • POE116
        • PHE448
        • PHE445
        • PHE452
        • Elective
          • 1 credit
        • PSE401
        • PHE448 (cont'd)
        • PHE450
        • Elective 
          • 2 credits
        Semester total 6 credits 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits
         

        B.Sc. Space Science

        Completion of a 42 credit programme, including the core courses for science programmes. A minimum of 16 credits in Physics, approved by the department.

        Semester Fall
        year 1
        Winter
        year 1
        Fall
        year 2
        Winter
        year 2
        Courses
        • ENE100
        • PSE103
        • PHE104
        • CCE101
        • MAE101
        • ENE100 (cont'd)
        • CSE101
        • PHE104 (cont'd)
        • CCE101 (cont'd)
        • MAE101 (cont'd)
        • MAE129
        • HIE207
        • MAE226
        • PHE205 (w\lab)
        • PHE225 (w\lab)
        • PHE255
        • HIE203
        • POE205
        • MAE227
        • PHE217 (w\lab)
        • Optional Footnote3
          • 1 credit
        Semester total 5 credits 6 credits 5 credits 5 credits
        Semester Fall
        year 3
        Winter
        year 3
        Fall
        year 4
        Winter
        year 4
        Courses
        • PSE301
        • MAE325
        • PHE302
        • PHE350
        • PHE332 or (1 optional credit) Footnote4
          • Optional Footnote3
            • 1 credit
          • HIE271
          • PHE460
          • PHE355
          • PHE462
          • PHE307 or (1 optional credit) Footnote4
          • POE116
          • Elective
            • 4 credits
          • PSE401
          • Optional Footnote3
            • 1 credit
          • PHE450
          • Elective 
            • 3 credits
          Semester total 6 credits 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits

          Double or Combined Major

          Double Majors may be available in:

          • Physics and Space Science
          • Physics and Computer Science
          • Physics and Chemistry
          • Physics and Mathematics
          • Space Science and Mathematics
          • Space Science and Computer Science
          • Space Science and Chemistry

          Combined Major may be available in:

          • Space Science and Military and Strategic Studies
          Note: Before registering in a double or a combined major both departments concerned should be consulted for details.

          Minors

          Minor in Physics

          Mandatory Courses

          • PHE104(1): General Physics - Part 1
          • PHE104(2): General Physics - Part 2
          • PHE205: Mechanics
          • PHE217: Electromagnetism
          • PHE225: Modern Physics

          One of:

          • PHE302: Electromagnetic Waves
          • PHE304: Quantum Mechanics
          • PHE305: Classical Mechanics

          Optional Courses:

          • 2 Physics credits at the 300 or 400-level.

          Minor in Space Science

          Mandatory Courses:

          • PHE104(1): General Physics - Part 1
          • PHE104(2): General Physics - Part 2
          • PHE205: Mechanics
          • PHE217: Electromagnetism
          • PHE225: Modern Physics
          • PHE255: Introduction to Space Science
          • PHE355: Space Science Concepts and Applications

          Optional:

          • 1 Physics credit at the 300 or 400-level.

          Table of Co-Requisites / Prerequisites

          Course Co-Requisites Prerequisites
          PHE102 Elementary Physics   for students in Arts who have not taken senior High School physics credit 
          PHE104 General Physics MAE101  
          PHE205 Mechanics MAE226 PHE104
          PHE217 Electromagnetism   PHE104 and MAE226 
          PHE225 Modern Physics MAE226 PHE104
          PHE226 Modern Physics MAE226 PHE104
          PHE228 Electromagnetism (for electrical and computer engineering students)   PHE104 and MAE226
          PHE255 Introduction to Space Science   High School Leaving Physics
          PHE302 Electromagnetic Waves MAE325 PHE217 or PHE228
          PHE304 Quantum Mechanics MAE325 PHE225
          PHE305 Classical Mechanics MAE325 PHE205
          PHE307 Optics   PHE302
          PHE332 Instrumentation I   PHE217
          PHE333 Instrumentation II   PHE332
          PHE350 Orbital Mechanics    PHE104 and MAE226
          PHE352 Astronomy PHE104 and MAE101  
          PHE355 Space Science Concepts and Applications   PHE255 and PHE350
          PHE364 Physics Laboratory   (PHE205 and PHE225) or PHE217 
          PHE370 Introductory Synoptic Oceanography   PHE104
          PHE403 Solid State Physics MAE325 PHE304
          PHE412 Advanced Electromagnetic Theory MAE325 PHE302
          PHE413 Nuclear Physics MAE325 PHE304
          PHE415 Advanced Quantum Mechanics MAE325 PHE304
          PHE420 Senior project   Honours Physics, permission of Department
          PHE442 Introduction to Astrophysics   PHE225
          PHE445 Physics of the Space Environment   PHE302
          PHE448 Space Mission Analysis and Design   Honours Space Science, permission of Department
          PHE450 Space Communication and Navigation   PHE302
          PHE451 Senior Physics Laboratory   (PHE205 and PHE225) or PHE217 
          PHE452 Remote Sensing MAE325 PHE302
          PHE460 Computational Physics   PHE302
          PHE462 Statistical and Thermo Physics   PHE225
          PHE470 Physical Oceanography   PHE104 and MAE325
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