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Suggested sequence of Courses for Fall 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
FALL WINTER
MAST 218
Multivariable Calculus I
MAST 219
Multivariable Calculus II
PHYS 232
Methods of Theoretical Physics I
PHYS 230
Experimental Physics I 
PHYS 245
Classical Mechanics
PHYS 236
Numerical Analysis in Physics  
General Education ( 3 credits outside physics) PHYS 367
Modern Physics and Relativity
General Education ( 3 credits outside science) General Education (3 credits outside science)
YEAR 2: 15  PROGRAM CREDITS
FALL WINTER
PHYS 253
Electricity and Magnetism I
PHYS 252
Optics
PHYS 334
Thermodynamics
PHYS 335
Methods of Theoretical Physics II
PHYS 377
Quantum Mechanics I


Elective (3 credits) Suggested: 

PHYS 260  Introductory Biophysics

Elective (3 credits) Suggested: PHYS 355 Electronics

Elective (3 credits) Suggested:

PHYS 478 Quantum Mechanics 

General Education (3 credits outside physics) General Education (3 credits outside physics)
YEAR 3: 9 PROGRAM CREDITS
FALL WINTER
3 PHYS credits 
chosen with academic advisor
PHYS 354
Electricity and Magnetism II

Elective (3 credits) Suggested:

PHYS 370 Nonlinear Dynamics, Fractals, Chaos

PHYS 440 Computational Methods and Simulations

 

PHYS 435
Statistical Physics

Elective (3 credits) Suggested:

PHYS 460 Chemical Aspects of Biophysics

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

Elective (3 credits) Suggested:

PHYS 498 Advanced Topics in Physics

Topic: Quantum Optics and Photonics

General Education (3 credits outside physics) General Education (3 credits outside physics)

BSc Specialization or Honours, Option A: Physics

YEAR 1: 24 PROGRAM CREDITS
FALL WINTER
MAST 218
Multivariable Calculus I
MAST 219
Multivariable Calculus II
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
PHYS 230
Experimental Physics I 
General Education (3 credits outside science) General Education (3 credits outside science)
YEAR 2: 24 PROGRAM CREDITS
FALL WINTER
PHYS 330
Experimental Physics II
PHYS 252
Optics
PHYS 334
Thermodynamics
PHYS 335
Methods of Theoretical Physics II
PHYS 355
Electronics
PHYS 354
Electricity and Magnetism II

PHYS 377
Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 435
Statistical Physics
General Education (3 credits outside physics) General Education (3 credits outside physics)
YEAR 3: 18 PROGRAM CREDITS (21 FOR HONOURS)
FALL WINTER
PHYS 345
Advanced Classical Mechanics
PHYS 468
Condensed Matter and Nanophysics
PHYS 459
Solid State Physics 
PHYS 478
Quantum Mechanics II
General Education (3 credits outside physics) General Education (3 credits outside physics)

3 PHYS credits chosen with academic advisor

Recommended:

 

PHYS 370 Nonlinear Dynamics, Fractals, Chaos

PHYS 440 Computational Methods and Simulations in Physics

PHYS 460 Chemical Aspects of Biophysics

OR

 

General Education (3 credits outside physics)

 

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

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

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 or Honours, Option B: Biophysics

YEAR 1: 24 PROGRAM CREDITS
FALL WINTER
MAST 218
Multivariable Calculus I
PHYS 236
Numerical Analysis in Physics
BIOL 266
Cell Biology
PHYS 260
Introductory Biophysics
PHYS 245
Classical Mechanics
MAST 219 
Multivariable Calculus II
PHYS 232
Methods of Theoretical Physics I
PHYS 367
Modern Physics and Relativity
General Education (3 credits outside science) General Education (3 credits outside science)
YEAR 2: 24 PROGRAM CREDITS
FALL WINTER
PHYS 230
Experimental Physics I
PHYS 252
Optics
PHYS 253
Electricity and Magnetism I
PHYS 335 
Methods of Theoretical Physics II
PHYS 377
Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 354
Electricity and Magnetism II
PHYS 334
Thermodynamics
PHYS 330
Experimental Physics II
General Education (3 credits outside physics) General Education (3 credits outside physics)
YEAR 3: 18 PROGRAM CREDITS (21 HONOURS)
FALL WINTER
PHYS 460
Chemical Aspects of Biophysics
PHYS 435
Statistical 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 physics) General Education (3 credits outside physics)
General Education (3 credits outside physics) 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 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 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)

Biophysics Minor

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

Mandatory MAST218: Multivariable Calculus I
Mandatory PHYS252: Optics
Mandatory PHYS260: Introductory Biophysics
One course chosen from: PHYS232: Methods of Theoretical Physics I
BIOL266: Cell Biology
One course chosen from: PHYS236: Numerical Analysis in Physics
PHYS253: Electricity and Magnetism I
Three courses chosen from PHYS334: Thermodynamics 
PHYS443: Quantitative Human Systems Physiology
PHYS445: Principles of Medical Imaging
PHYS460: Chemical Aspects of Biophysics
PHYS461: Membrane Biophysics

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

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