Astrophysics Success Map
Complete the 1st year required PHYS, ASTR, and MATH courses: PHYS 1100, PHYS 1101, PHYS 1500, ASTR 1100, MATH 1210, and MATH 1211.
Explore your options for majors and minors by attending the Programs Day across faculties in February.
Register for classes as soon as registration opens. Classes fill early!
Visit your Academic Advisor to be sure you have the right courses, including electives.
Gather information on Co-operative Education opportunities.
Begin the critical thinking process. Extract the main concepts from what you read, recognize pattern and flow, and organize and present your analysis.
Practice problem-solving skills by completing assignments.
Brush-up on the basics and drop-in for free refresher workshops on sig. fig.’s, logarithms, exponents, trig, graphing, and more at the SNAP Centre.
Develop teamwork skills by preparing ahead of time for your lab with your lab partner.
Improve your writing and thinking skills at the Writing Centre. Get expert feedback and incorporate it into your work.
Build a résumé at a Résumé Seminar, to prepare for internships, scholarships, and summer jobs.
Start your Co-Curricular Record. Document your acquired skills from on- and off-campus activities and volunteer work.
Introduce yourself to your professors after class or during office hours.
Try Speak Up!, a program where international students practice speaking English with Canadian students.
Stay Active. Explore SMUfit, campus sports, exercise, and recreation opportunities—no extra fees!
Apply for a scholarship. There are more than 260 available!
Need help with time management, organizational, or presentation skills? Book an Academic & Life Skills Coaching session.
Check in with Career Services to start discussing your career goals, related to your program. Experiment with different classes to see what you like.
When facing a personal crisis, get help from the Counselling Centre.
Consider courses with global themes for your electives.
Need a job? Create a HireSMU account to find available jobs.
Not from Halifax? Explore and discover all our cultural opportunities and have fun.
Keep current with local events. Read Pride in Your Shared Neighbourhood newsletter.
Travel while studying after 1st year. Investigate travel options beyond Canada at International Activities.
Obtain or update your passport in preparation for possible international travel.
Not from Canada? Browse Services for International Students for available support.
Attend International Night—an annual banquet showcasing SMU’s many cultures.
Complete the 2nd year required PHYS and ASTR courses. Check the Astrophysics Major list of requirements.
Choose your electives and remember that real-world problems require applying knowledge from different subject areas.
Thinking of changing majors or minors? Attend Programs Day for help.
Visit your Academic Advisor to be sure you have the right courses and to declare your major in this year.
Sharpen your problem-solving and interpersonal skills by becoming a tutor at the SNAP Centre.
Develop your collaborative skills. Apply for Summer Research Awards, including NSERC-USRAs, AceNet, and Dean’s Awards.
Learn advanced researching techniques at the Library.
Update your Co-Curricular Record to keep track of your accomplishments and set new goals.
Become a LEAP Peer Mentor. Build leadership and mentoring skills, while getting paid.
Attend the Astronomy & Physics Undergraduate Research Symposium in September. Gain knowledge and experience from other students.
Participate in intramurals. Demonstrate your team skills and character to future employers and admissions officers.
Seek Career Counselling. Explore the core competencies of your major, and career possibilities related to your strengths, interests, and values.
Discover ways to give back to your community, from local to global. Come to the Volunteer Fair held every September, or speak to a Career and Employment Coach at Career Services.
Get involved with activities outside of your major and minor. Employers like well-rounded candidates.
Attend the AUPAC conference to meet other Atlantic Canadian Astronomy and Physics students.
Participate in or volunteer for the Astronomy Week. Be a ASTR/PHYS Ambassador during Open-House and Outreach events.
Attend a LinkedIn photo shoot and a LinkedIn Seminar with Career Services. Put your best (and most professional) face forward!
Keep your HireSMU Account updated with accurate contact information and most recent résumés.
Visit the International Activities office for a study-abroad program or an international field study course in 2nd - 4th years.
Explore options for international internships in Physics or Astronomy.
Complete the 3rd year required courses. Remember that some 3000- and 4000-level courses are only offered in alternate years.
Complete any outstanding requirements of the Astrophysics Program.
Strengthen interdisciplinary knowledge by choosing Science electives that compliment Astrophysics.
Meet your Program Advisor for help with course selection, career advice, certifications, or selecting a thesis supervisor for the Honours Program.
Thinking about graduate school? Contact Career Services for options and admission procedures, and begin planning for applications with your Department Chair.
Practice argument and conclusion writing in more advanced lab report discussion sections. Ask for feedback.
Maintain a Dean’s List GPA and be eligible to work as a tutor in the SNAP Centre, reinforcing your numeracy skills.
Improve your research skills and grades by visiting the Library and using the Research-by-Appointment service for one-on-one help.
Visit the Writing Centre for workshops on Exam Writing & Preparation.
Update your Co-Curricular Record.
Get to know your professors. They are excellent contacts for reference letters. Chat about your future plans for 4th year and beyond.
Attend the Research Expo. Learn from the research and critical analysis of peers and professors. Also, showcase your own research project.
Join campus societies in your field. These provide opportunities to network with the industry and professionals.
Interested in teaching? Consider applying to lead LEAP Workshops as a Peer Facilitator.
Apply for over 200 scholarship and bursary awards.
Visit the Career Development Centre for help with tactical job searches, including using social media, information interview, fine-tuning your résumé and cover letter, and practicing interview skills.
Attend the Halifax Career Fair in September and March. Discover career opportunities and employer expectations.
Let your networks know your major. Seek out potential employers for information and interviews.
Explore new internships designed to help international graduates gain experience in Nova Scotia.
Complete the 4th year required courses and all program requirements in time to graduate, while transitioning to work or graduate school.
Is it too late to do an Honours degree? Speak to the Program Advisor about your idea.
Complete a CAPP Degree Evaluation in Banner.
Visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Discuss SMU graduate opportunities.
Contact your Academic Advisor or Program Advisor to ensure you are on track for graduation requirements and your post-graduation plan.
Apply to graduate. Fill out an application for graduation form and submit it to the Service Centre. Get your picture taken for the yearbook.
Consider graduate schools or professional programs. Start early, and ask your professors and the Writing Centre to review your personal statement, cover letter, and applications.
Request transcripts, if required.
Exercise responsibility and communication with a TA job in ASTR or PHYS.
Before you graduate, do a final update of your Co-Curricular Record, and request an official copy.
Visit Career Services to prepare to clearly and persuasively articulate all you have learned at Saint Mary’s (in and out of class) to an employer.
Serve as Department Student Rep. Speak to your Department Chair.
Enter your best research paper for the Academic Writing Awards.
Join the Nova Scotia Institute of Science (NSIS) and submit your best written work for a writing award.
Get recognized for your involvement in the classroom and in the Saint Mary’s community. Apply for the Student Leadership Award.
Apply for other awards, including the SMUFU scholarship.
Brush up on your Financial Literacy. Receive guidance for a successful and healthy financial future, including student loan repayment.
Your degree can open the door to many types of careers. Use Career Counselling to discover where you want to go and how best to get there..
Plan to attend Career Services’ 4-week Job Search Seminar Series before or after graduation.
Be prepared to apply, interview, and network when school begins, to maximize your chance of receiving some job offers before graduation.
In addition to the Halifax Career Fair, attend some career fairs specific to your program. Bring your résumé. Prepare in advance to speak with recruiters and potential employers.
Apply for the Halifax Connector program. Meet with a Halifax professional in a field of your interest.
Are you an international student interested in staying in Canada and receiving permanent resident status? Contact the International Centre.
Get in contact with the SMU Young Alumni Association to begin your next phase as a Santamarian.
Remember, you have access to Career Services for three years post-graduation. Use these services to help you continue to get the most out of your degree.