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Suggested sequence of Courses for Winter Entry

For students starting a 4-year (120-credit) program in Physics, see below for your Year 0 suggested sequence 


BSc Major

YEAR 1: 21 PROGRAM CREDITS
WINTER FALL
MAST 218
Multivariable Calculus I
MAST 219
Multivariable Calculus II
PHYS 236
Numerical Analysis in Physics
General Education (3 credits outside physics)
PHYS 367
Modern Physics and Relativity
PHYS 232
Methods of Theoretical Physics I
PHYS 230
Experimental Physics I 
PHYS 245
Classical Mechanics
General Education (3 credits outside science) General Education (3 credits outside science)
YEAR 2: 15 PROGRAM CREDITS
WINTER FALL
PHYS 252
Optics
PHYS 253
Electricity and Magnetism I
PHYS 335
Methods of Theoretical Physics II
PHYS 334
Thermodynamics
Elective (3 credits) Suggested: PHYS 260 PHYS 377
Quantum Mechanics I
Elective (3 credits) Suggested: PHYS 330 Elective (3 credits) Suggested: PHYS 355
General Education (3 credits outside physics) General Education (3 credits outside physics)
YEAR 3: 9 PROGRAM CREDITS
WINTER FALL
PHYS 354
Electricity and Magnetism II
3 PHYS credits 
chosen with academic advisor 
PHYS 435
Statistical Physics
Elective (3 credits) Suggested: PHYS 345
Elective (3 credits) Suggested: PHYS 478 Elective (3 credits) Suggested: PHYS 440
Elective (3 credits) Suggested: PHYS 498 General Education (3 credits outside physics)
General Education (3 credits outside physics) General Education (3 credits outside physics)

BSc Specialization, Option A: Physics

YEAR 1: 24 PROGRAM CREDITS
WINTER FALL
MAST 218
Multivariable Calculus I
MAST 219
Multivariable Calculus II
PHYS 230
Experimental Physics I 
PHYS 232
Methods of Theoretical Physics I
PHYS 236
Numerical Analysis in Physics
PHYS 245
Classical Mechanics
PHYS 367
Modern Physics and Relativity
PHYS 253
Electricity and Magnetism I
General Education (3 credits outside science) General Education (3 credits outside science)
YEAR 2: 24 PROGRAM CREDITS
WINTER FALL
PHYS 252
Optics
PHYS 334
Thermodynamics
PHYS 330
Experimental Physics II
PHYS 355
Electronics
PHYS 335
Methods of Theoretical Physics II
PHYS 377
Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 354
Electricity and Magnetism II
PHYS 459
Solid State Physics
General Education (3 credits outside physics) General Education (3 credits outside physics)
YEAR 3: 18 PROGRAM CREDITS (21 HONOURS)
WINTER FALL
PHYS 435
Statistical Physics
PHYS 345
Advanced Classical Mechanics
PHYS 468
Condensed Matter and Nanophysics

General Education (3 credits outside physics)

PHYS 478
Quantum Mechanics II
General Education (3 credits outside physics)

General Education (3 credits outside physics)

 

OR

 

3 PHYS credits chosen with academic advisor

Recommended:

PHYS 498 Advanced Topics in Physics

Topic: Quantum Optics and Photonics

 

Note: Physics elective can be taken in either Fall or Winter

3 PHYS credits chosen with academic advisor

Recommended:

PHYS 440 Computational Methods and Simulations in Physics

PHYS 370 Nonlinear Dynamics, Fractals, Chaos

 

OR

 

General Education (3 credits outside physics)

 

Note: Physics elective can be taken in either Fall or Winter

Specialization Students:

PHYS 497

Specialization Research Project

Honours Students:

PHYS 496

Honours Research Project

Specialization Students:

General Education (3 credits outside physics)

Honours Students:

PHYS 496 (continued)

Honours Research Project


BSc Specialization, Option B: Biophysics

YEAR 1: 24 PROGRAM CREDITS
WINTER FALL
BIOL 266
Cell Biology
MAST 219
Multivariable Calculus II
MAST 218
Multivariable Calculus I
PHYS 230
Experimental Physics I
PHYS 260
Introductory Biophysics
PHYS 232
Methods of Theoretical Physics I
PHYS 367
Modern Physics and Relativity
PHYS 245 
Classical Mechanics
General Education (3 credits outside science) General Education (3 credits outside science)
YEAR 2: 21 PROGRAM CREDITS
WINTER FALL
PHYS 236
Numerical Analysis in Physics
PHYS 253
Electricity and Magnetism I
PHYS 252
Optics
PHYS 330
Experimental Physics II
PHYS 335 
Methods of Theoretical Physics II
PHYS 334
Thermodynamics
General Education (3 credits outside science) PHYS 377
Quantum Mechanics I
General Education (3 credits outside science) General Education (3 credits outside science)
YEAR 3: 21 PROGRAM CREDITS (24 HONOURS)
WINTER FALL

PHYS 354
Electricity and Magnetism II 

PHYS 460 
Chemical Aspects of Biophysics 
PHYS 435
Statistical Physics
General Education (3 credits outside physics)
One course from List 1, see below One course from List 1, see below

PHYS 497
Specialization Research Project

 

OR

PHYS 496
Honours Research Project

One course from List 2, see below
General Education (3 credits outside science) General Education (3 credits outside science)
List 1 (three courses from this list):
  • PHYS 345 Advanced Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS 355 Electronics
  • PHYS 370 Nonlinear Dynamics, Chaos, Fractals
  • PHYS 440 Computational Methods and Simulations in Physics
  • PHYS 445 Medical Imaging
  • PHYS 459 Solid State Physics
  • PHYS 468 Condensed Matter and Nanophysics
  • CHEM 235 Physical Chemistry - Chemical Reactions
  • CHEM 271 Biochemistry

List 2 (one course from this list):

  • PHYS 443 Human Systems Physiology
  • BIOL 261 Genetics
  • BIOL 340 Plant Biology
  • BIOL 371 Principles of Microbiology
  • BIOL 341 Plant Physiology
YEAR 0: 30 PROGRAM CREDITS
FIRST SEMESTER SECOND SEMESTER
CHEM 205
General Chemistry I (3 credits)
CHEM 206 (Pre-Requisite: CHEM 205)
General Chemistry II (3 credits)
MATH 203
Differential and Integral Calculus I (3 credits)
MATH 205 (Pre-Requisite: MATH 203)
Differential and Integral Calculus II (3 credits)
MATH 204
Vectors and Matrices (3 credits)
PHYS 205 (Pre-Requisite: PHYS 204)
Electricity and Magnetism (3 credits)
PHYS 204
Mechanics (3 credits)
PHYS 206 (Pre-Requisite: PHYS 204)
Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics (3 credits)
BIOL 201
Introductory Biology (3 credits)
PHYS 224 (Pre-Requisite: PHYS 204)
Experimental Mechanics (1 credit)
PHYS 225 (Pre-Requisite: PHYS 205)
Experimental Electricity and Magnetism (1 credit)
PHYS 226 (Pre-Requisite: PHYS 206)
Experimental Waves, Optics and Modern Physics (1 credit)

 Students starting a 4-year (120-credit) program in Physics

YEAR 0: 30 PROGRAM CREDITS
FIRST SEMESTER SECOND SEMESTER
CHEM 205
General Chemistry I (3 credits)
CHEM 206 (Pre-Requisite: CHEM 205)
General Chemistry II (3 credits)
MATH 203
Differential and Integral Calculus I (3 credits)
MATH 205 (Pre-Requisite: MATH 203)
Differential and Integral Calculus II (3 credits)
MATH 204
Vectors and Matrices (3 credits)
PHYS 205 (Pre-Requisite: PHYS 204)
Electricity and Magnetism (3 credits)
PHYS 204
Mechanics (3 credits)
PHYS 206 (Pre-Requisite: PHYS 204)
Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics (3 credits)
BIOL 201
Introductory Biology (3 credits)
PHYS 224 (Pre-Requisite: PHYS 204)
Experimental Mechanics (1 credit)
PHYS 225 (Pre-Requisite: PHYS 205)
Experimental Electricity and Magnetism (1 credit)
PHYS 226 (Pre-Requisite: PHYS 206)
Experimental Waves, Optics and Modern Physics (1 credit)

Biophysics Minor

The Minor in Biophysics consists of 24 credtis chosen from the courses below.

Mandatory MAST 218: Multivariable Calculus I
Mandatory PHYS 252: Optics
Mandatory PHYS 260: Introductory Biophysics
One course chosen from: PHYS 232: Methods of Theoretical Physics I
BIOL 266: Cell Biology
One course chosen from: PHYS 236: Numerical Analysis in Physics
PHYS 253: Electricity and Magnetism I
Three courses chosen from PHYS 334: Thermodynamics 
PHYS 443: Quantitative Human Systems Physiology
PHYS 445: Principles of Medical Imaging
PHYS 460: Chemical Aspects of Biophysics
PHYS 461: Membrane Biophysics

Some courses are not offered every term. Please consult with an academic advisor to confirm course availabiltiy. 

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