Physics Program

Information for Prospective Students

Why Study Physics?

Have you ever wondered what makes the Universe tick? Physics is a science that deals with the interactions between matter and motion. Physicists study everything from sub-atomic particles to star-studded galaxies to try and understand the physical laws and relationships that govern the known universe.       

Graduating with a B. Sc in Physics

In addition to standard fields of physics research and development, physicists are in demand in interdisciplinary fields like engineering, meteorology, nanotechnology, remote sensing, computer development, geology, geophysics, and health and medical technology.

According to the Canadian Association of Physicists, the employment rate for individuals with undergraduate physics degrees is 98%, and 99%  for those with graduate degrees. A Bachelor of Science degree in Physics is also a gateway to advanced degree programs in physics, astrophysics, engineering, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, and business administration (MBA).

This dynamic program features an interactive learning atmosphere. With class sizes averaging about 20 students per class by the second year, newly-renovated teaching and laboratory spaces, and faculty recognized nationally and internationally for teaching and research excellence, our students have the opportunity to learn and work one-on-one with some of the top professors in the field. The program offers a full spectrum of courses in quantum and classical physics. We also specialize in sub-atomic physics and are home to the only professors in this field in Atlantic Canada.

Hands-on learning

Saint Mary’s physics faculty have received many awards and accolades from the international physics community for their work. Many of our undergraduate students are invited to take part in this research through paid internships or assistantships, some of which involve visits or work terms at particle accelerators in British Columbia, Virginia, or Darmstadt, Germany. You can also choose to pursue your own original research projects through our honours degree program.

Sample courses offered:

  • Vibrations, Waves and Optics
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Experimental Physics
  • Analytical Mechanics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Computational Methods in Physics

Career opportunities:

  • Physicist
  • Geophysicist
  • Medical physicist
  • Computer programmer
  • Telecommunications engineering
  • Computational modelling
  • Quantitative finance
  • Computer-generated imagery (CGI) animator

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