Why study physics?
Studying physics sends you on a journey to the end of the universe or into the centre of an atom. When you study the science of energy and matter, you examine the dynamics of a relationship that has kept great thinkers busy for millennia. Today physicists build lasers, design medical imaging machines and develop applications for nanotechnology. So if you’re ready, sharpen your reasoning skills and open your mind — physics is a discipline that demands as much curiosity as it does mathematical strength.
As a physics student, you’ll choose the physics option, or examine the role of physics in the life sciences in the biophysics option. You’ll receive a thorough foundation in all branches of physics, including mathematics, classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, quantum mechanics and modern and theoretical physics.
Graduates leave the program with the knowledge and creative thinking skills required for graduate studies or a career in the pure or life sciences.
A Bachelor of Science degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.
- Honours in Physics (69 credits)
- Specialization in Physics (66 credits)
- Major in Physics (45 credits)
Honours and specialization students choose between a concentration of Physics (Option A) or Biophysics (Option B).
Normally, students apply for entry into the honours program after starting in the specialization. The honours program requires a high academic standing to enter and remain in.
- Mathematics 103 or 201-NYA and 203 or 201-NYB;
Physics 101 or 203-NYA and 201 or 203-NYB and 301 or 203-NYC;
Chemistry 101 or 202-NYA and 201 or 202-NYB;
Biology 301 or 101-NYA
- Natural Science DEC
- A DEC intégré en sciences, lettres et arts
Minimum Cut-off Averages
(Minimum Cut-off Averages should be used as indicators. Data may change depending on the quality of the application pool.)
- Quebec Cegep (CRC): DEC
- Canadian High Schools: The Faculty of Arts and Science prefers students for these programs to have a 70% average and above, however, based on space availability, students below this average may still be considered. Admission is not guaranteed.
- U.S. High Schools: 2.5
- External Transfers: C
- International Bacc. (IB): 27
- Bacc. Français: 11/20
Science programs require completion of Série S (Sciences) Bacc. Français.
Make sure you also meet Concordia’s minimum admission requirements.
Applying to the Physics co-op program gives you the chance to complete paid work terms that last 12 to 16 weeks. As a co-op student, you will work for firms where you may:
- Perform spectroscopy work
- Take measurements of solar cells
- Develop software or computer interfacing protocols
- Develop models to predict the behaviour of lasers and optics systems
- Test survey hypotheses
Many physics alumni pursue graduate studies and work at the forefront of technological innovation. They have established careers in a variety of scientific fields that include:
- Medical imaging and radiation treatment
- Lasers and satellite design