Department of Astronomy & Physics

Programs

The Astronomy & Physics Department offers undergraduate courses in astronomy and physics and graduate courses in astronomy. The Department offers several introductory astronomy courses for the non-specialist. All students can use  ASTR 1000 and ASTR 1001 as science electives; only non-science students can use ASTR 101 as a  science elective.

Career Questions

Astronomers and Physicists are employed in many fields because of their strong problem-solving and analytical skills.

Further, an astronomy or physics degree can give you the analytical skills needed for writing professional entry exams, such as the GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT!

Did you know?

  • Physics (and Astrophysics) Majors have the highest average scores of any discipline on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
  • Physical and Mathematical Science majors writing the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) have higher scores on all sections of the test than applicants from Biological Sciences.
  • In the U.S., practicing physicists are among the top wage earners in the country, behind only medical practitioners, CEO's, pilots and flight engineers, and lawyers. You can also check out the U.S. Department of Labor for more details.
  • In the high technology sector, physicists are hired to help create new technologies.
  • In the financial world, physicists are employed to model the stock market.
  • In the software sector, physicists are hired for program development, game programming, and visualization technologies.
  • In the energy sector, physicists are developing fuel cell technology and developing techniques for fossil fuel exploration.
  • In medicine, physicists are hired to develop and improve new imaging technologies such as MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and PET (positron emission tomography).
  • An undergraduate physics degree will admit you to graduate studies in Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Meteorology, Engineering, Oceanography, and many other fields.

Career Resources

  • The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) career website
  • The American Institute of Physics (AIP) career resources website
  • The Institute of Physics (IOP) career services website
  • Landing Your First Job: A Guide for Physics Students, written by Dr. John Rigden. This book is available in the Major's room, and a copy is being placed in the library's reference section.