Physics and Space Science Undergraduate Programmes

 

General Information

The Department of Physics and Space Science 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.

Physics Programmes

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
Semester total 5 credits 6 credits 5 credits 5 credits
Semester Fall
year 3
Winter
year 3
Fall
year 4
Winter
year 4
Courses
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
Semester total 5 credits 6 credits 5 credits 5 credits
Semester Fall
year 3
Winter
year 3
Fall
year 4
Winter
year 4
Courses
Semester total 6 credits 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits
 

Space Science Programmes

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
Semester total 5 credits 6 credits 5 credits 5 credits
Semester Fall
year 3
Winter
year 3
Fall
year 4
Winter
year 4
Courses
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
Semester total 5 credits 6 credits 5 credits 5 credits
Semester Fall
year 3
Winter
year 3
Fall
year 4
Winter
year 4
Courses
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

3 of the following:

  • CCE309: Introduction to Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
  • PHE302: Electromagnetic Waves
  • PHE304: Quantum Mechanics
  • PHE305: Classical Mechanics
  • PHE307: Optics
  • PHE332: Instrumentation I

Minor in Space Science

Mandatory Courses:

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 MAE101
PHE352 Astronomy PHE104 and MAE101  
PHE355 Space Science Concepts and Applications   PHE255
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   PHE217 and PHE225
PHE448 Space Mission Analysis and Design   Honours Space Science, permission of Department
PHE450 Space Communication and Navigation   PHE217
PHE451 Senior Physics Laboratory   (PHE205 and PHE225) or PHE217 
PHE452 Remote Sensing MAE325 PHE217
PHE460 Computational Physics   PHE302
PHE462 Statistical and Thermo Physics   PHE225
PHE470 Physical Oceanography   PHE104 and MAE325
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