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Suggested sequence of Courses for Co-op

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


Co-op Sequence, Option A

YEAR 1: 24 PROGRAM CREDITS
FALL WINTER SUMMER
MAST 218
Multivariable Calculus I
MAST 219
Multivariable Calculus II
Co-op work term 1
PHYS 232
Methods of Theoretical Physics I
PHYS 236
Numerical Analysis in Physics
General Education (3 credits outside science) PHYS 367
Modern Physics  and Relativity
PHYS 245
Classical Mechanics
PHYS 230
Experimental Physics I
PHYS 253
Electricity and Magnetism I
General Education (3 credits outside science)

Co-op students must be registered in a full-time course load during study terms.

YEAR 2: 27 PROGRAM CREDITS
FALL WINTER SUMMER
PHYS 334
Thermodynamics
PHYS 252
Optics
Co-op work term 2
PHYS 377
Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 335
Methods of Theoretical Physics II
PHYS 459
Solid State Physics
PHYS 435
Statistical Physics
PHYS 330
Experimental Physics II
PHYS 354
Electricity and Magnetism II
PHYS 355
Electronics
General Education (3 credits outside physics)  

Co-op students must be registered in a full-time course load during study terms.

YEAR 3: 9 PROGRAM CREDITS (12 FOR HONOURS)
FALL WINTER SUMMER

Co-op work term 3

PHYS 478
Quantum Mechanics II

PHYS 497
Specialization Research Project

OR

PHYS 496
Honours Research Project 

PHYS 468
Condensed Matter and Nanophysics
General Education (3 credits outside physics)
General Education (3 credits outside physics)
General Education (3 credits outside physics)

Co-op students must be registered in a full-time course load in the term immediately following their last work term. Afterwards, they are permitted to be part-time (ie: in the Summer).

YEAR 4: 6 PROGRAM CREDITS
FALL WINTER

PHYS 440
Computational Methods and Simulations in Physics

OR

PHYS 370
Nonlinear Dynamics, Fractals, Chaos

OR 

PHYS 460
Chemical Aspects of Biophysics

Reserved for any remaining courses
PHYS 345
Advanced Classical Mechanics
General Education (3 credits outside physics)
General Education (3 credits outside physics)

Co-op Sequence, Option B

YEAR 1: 27 PROGRAM CREDITS
FALL WINTER SUMMER
MAST 218
Multivariable Calculus I
MAST 219
Multivariable Calculus II
Co-op work term 1
PHYS 232
Methods of Theoretical Physics I
PHYS 236
Numerical Analysis in Physics
PHYS 245
Classical Mechanics
PHYS 260
Introductory Biophysics
BIOL 266
Cell Biology
PHYS 230
Experimental Physics I
General Education (3 credits outside physics) PHYS 367
Modern Physics and Relativity

Co-op students must be registered in a full-time course load during study terms.

YEAR 2: 21 PROGRAM CREDITS
FALL WINTER SUMMER
PHYS 377
Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 252
Optics
Co-op work term 2
PHYS 334
Thermodynamics
PHYS 335
Methods of Theoretical Physics II
PHYS 253
Electricity and Magnetism I
PHYS 354
Electricity and Magnetism II
PHYS 330
Experimental Physics II
General Education (3 credits outside physics)
General Education (3 credits outside science) General Education (3 credits outside science)

Co-op students must be registered in a full-time course load during study terms.

YEAR 3: 12 PROGRAM CREDITS (15 FOR HONOURS)
FALL WINTER SUMMER

Co-op work term 3

PHYS 435
Statistical Physics

PHYS 497
Specialization Research Project

OR

PHYS 496
Honours Research Project 

PHYS 330
Experimental Physics II
One course from List 1, see below
One course from List 2, see below
General Education (3 credits outside physics)
General Education (3 credits outside physics)

Co-op students must be registered in a full-time course load in the term immediately following their last work term. Afterwards, they are permitted to be part-time (ie: in the Summer).

YEAR 4: 6 PROGRAM CREDITS 
FALL WINTER
PHYS 460
Chemical Aspects of Biophysics
Reserved for any remaining courses
General Education (3 credits outside physics)
Course from list 1, see below
General Education (3 credits outside physics)

*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 Principles of Medical Imaging
  • PHYS 459 Solid State Physics 
  • PHYS 468 Condensed Matter and Nanophysics
  • CHEM 235 Physical Chemistry - Chemical Reactions
  • CHEM 271 Biochemistry
  • CHEM 431 Computational Chemistry

*List 2 (one course from this list):

  • PHYS 443 Quantitative Human Systems Physiology
  • BIOL 261 Genetics
  • BIOL 340 Plant Biology
  • BIOL 371 Principles of Microbiology
  • BIOL 341 Plant Physiology

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)
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