Bachelor of Science (BSc)Offered by:
Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts & Science
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)
Admission is to the major or specializations; may apply to honours after 24 program credits.
Honours and specialization students choose between a concentration of Physics (Option A) or Biophysics (Option B).
Additional Requirements for Cegep Students
- 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. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.
- Quebec Cegep (CRC): DEC
- Canadian High Schools: 70%
- U.S. High Schools: 2.5
- University 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.
Sample classes include:
- Methods of Theoretical Physics
- Electricity and Magnetism
- Modern Physics and Relativity
- Quantum Mechanics
- Membrane Biophysics
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
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
The Physics Co-operative program is offered to students who are enrolled in the BSc Specialization programs in Physics. Students interested in applying for the Physics co-op should refer to section 24 of the Undergraduate Calendar where a full description of the admission requirements is provided.
Academic content is very similar to that of the regular programs, with some specific recommendations for courses to improve the students' job skills. While it is hoped that most of the positions will be in the Montreal area, students must be prepared to work in other parts of Canada.
Students are supervised personally and must meet the requirements specified by the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Institute for Co-operative Education in order to continue their studies in the co-op format.
Liaison between the student, the employers, and the Institute for Co-operative Education is provided by the Physics co-op committee, which includes the student's advisors.