Faculty of Science

To see a program overview, learn about the unique opportunities offered to students within this degree, and to connect to admission and faculty resource links, review the Physical Sciences program pages.

The Co-operative Education option (in chemistry programs only) offers a solid academic background and valuable job experience. Note that when you start the Co-operative Education option, you will enter the regular program following Year 1 and transfer to the Co-operative Education option in Year 3.

PHYSICAL SCIENCES

COMMON FIRST YEAR COURSES TO ALL PHYSICAL SCIENCES PROGRAMS

MATH 1500 (M) Introduction to Calculus or substitutes listed
MATH 1700 (M) Calculus 2 or substitutes listed
PHYS 1050 Physics 1: Mechanics or substitute listed
PHYS 1070 Physics 2: Waves and Modern Physics or substitute if listed
CHEM 1300 Structure and Modelling in Chemistry*
CHEM 1310 Introduction to Physical Chemistry*
*required in all Chemistry programs

GENERAL HIGH SCHOOL PREREQUISITES FOR STUDY IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES:

  • Math 40S (Pre-Calculus) minimum 60% required.
    • If taking MATH 1230 (M), minimum 70% required.
  • Chemistry 40S minimum 50% required.
  • Physics 40S minimum 50% required.
  • If taking BIOL 1020, Biology 40S minimum 50% required.

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B.Sc. Bachelor of Science - Chemistry

Honours and Four Year Major degrees are available.

First Year Courses Credit Hours
CHEM 1300 Structure and Modelling in Chemistry 3
CHEM 1310 Introduction to Physical Chemistry 3
MATH 1500 (M) Introduction to Calculus or
MATH 1230 (M) Differential Calculus or
MATH 1510 (M) Applied Calculus 1 or
MATH 1520 (M) Introductory Calculus for Management and Social Sciences
3
MATH 1700 (M) Calculus 2 or
MATH 1232 (M) Integral Calculus or
MATH 1710 (M) Applied Calculus 2
3
PHYS 1050 Physics 1: Mechanics or
PHYS 1020 (M) General Physics 1
3
PHYS 1070 Physics 2: Waves and Modern Physics 3
Faculty of Arts course(s), including a W course 6
Electives 6
Total Credit Hours 30

TIPS FOR CHOOSING COURSES:

  • If balancing entry to Chemistry, note that 24 credit hours, including CHEM 1300 and CHEM 1310 are required to declare the Honours or Major program.
    Minimum grades in required courses, as outlined in the Academic Calendar Chemistry Honours Program and Chemistry Four Year Major Program.
  • MATH 1500 (M), MATH 1700 (M), PHYS 1050, and PHYS 1070 (or substitutes listed) are additionally recommended in Year 1 as they are prerequisites for 2000 level courses in the program.
  • Include a W course as part of the Faculty of Arts course(s) or as part of your electives; choose from the Recommended Introductory Courses list.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit may be used to reduce the first year course load and as a prerequisite to 2000 level courses, where applicable.

 


B.Sc. Bachelor of Science - Physics and Astronomy

Honours and Four Year Major degrees are available.

First Year Courses Credit Hours
PHYS 1050 Physics 1: Mechanics or
PHYS 1020 (M) General Physics 1
3
PHYS 1070 Physics 2: Waves and Modern Physics or
PHYS 1030 (M) General Physics 2
3
MATH 1300 (M) Vector Geometry and Linear Algebra or
MATH 1220 (M) Linear Algebra 1
3
MATH 1500 (M) Introduction to Calculus or
MATH 1230 (M) Differential Calculus or
MATH 1510 (M) Applied Calculus 1 or
MATH 1520 (M) Introductory Calculus for Management and Social Sciences
3
MATH 1700 (M) Calculus 2 or
MATH 1232 (M) Integral Calculus or
MATH 1710 (M) Applied Calculus 2
3
Faculty of Arts course(s), including a W course 6
Electives 9
Total Credit Hours 30

TIPS FOR CHOOSING COURSES:

  • If balancing entry to Physics and Astronomy, note that 24 credit hours, including PHYS 1050 (or substitute listed) is required to declare the Major program. Both PHYS 1050 and PHYS 1070 (or substitutes listed) are required to declare the Honours program.
    Minimum grades in required courses, as outlined in the Academic Calendar Physics and Astronomy Program charts.
  • MATH 1300 (M), MATH 1500 (M), and MATH 1700 (M) (or substitutes listed) are additionally recommended in Year 1 as they are prerequisites for 2000 level courses in the program.
  • Include a W course as part of the Faculty of Arts course(s) or as part of your electives; choose from the Recommended Introductory Courses list.
  • In Year 2 of the Honours program, students will choose to pursue one of the following options:
    • Astronomy– PHYS 1810 and PHYS 1820 are strongly recommended to taken as part of your electives in Year 1.
    • Physics
    • Medical and Biological– BIOL 1410 and BIOL 1412 are recommended to be taken as part of your electives in Year 1.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit may be used to reduce the first year course load and as a prerequisite to 2000 level courses, where applicable. credit may be used to reduce the first year course load and as a prerequisite to 2000 level courses, where applicable.

B.Sc. Bachelor of Science - Chemistry–Physics

Joint Honours degree

First Year Courses Credit Hours
CHEM 1300 Structure and Modelling in Chemistry 3
CHEM 1310 Introduction to Physical Chemistry 3
PHYS 1050 Physics 1: Mechanics or
PHYS 1020 (M) General Physics 1
3
PHYS 1070 Physics 2: Waves and Modern Physics 3
MATH 1500 (M) Introduction to Calculus or
MATH 1230 (M) Differential Calculus or
MATH 1510 (M) Applied Calculus 1 or
MATH 1520 (M) Introductory Calculus for Management and Social Sciences
3
MATH 1700 (M) Calculus 2 or
MATH 1232 (M) Integral Calculus or
MATH 1710 (M) Applied Calculus 2
3
Faculty of Arts course(s), including a W course 6
Electives 6
Total Credit Hours 30

TIPS FOR CHOOSING COURSES:


B.Sc. Bachelor of Science - Mathematics–Physics and Astronomy

Joint Honours degree

First Year Courses Credit Hours
MATH 1220 (M) Linear Algebra 1 or
MATH 1300 (M) Vector Geometry and Linear Algebra
3
MATH 1230 (M) Differential Calculus or
MATH 1500 (M) Introduction to Calculus or
MATH 1510 (M) Applied Calculus 1
3
MATH 1232 (M) Integral Calculus or
MATH 1700 (M) Calculus 2 or
MATH 1710 (M) Applied Calculus 2
3
MATH 1240 (M) Elementary Discrete Mathematics 3
PHYS 1050 Physics 1: Mechanics or
PHYS 1020 (M) General Physics 1
3
PHYS 1070 Physics 2: Waves and Modern Physics 3
COMP 1010 Introductory Computer Science 1 3
STAT 1150 (M) Introduction to Statistics and Computing 3
Faculty of Arts course(s), including a W course 6
Total Credit Hours 30

TIPS FOR CHOOSING COURSES:

  • If balancing entry to Mathematics–Physics and Astronomy, note that 24 credit hours, including MATH 1230 (M), MATH 1232 (M), PHYS 1050, and PHYS 1070 (or substitutes listed) are required to declare this Joint Honours program.
    Minimum grades in required courses, as outlined in the Academic Calendar Mathematics–Physics and Astronomy Joint Honours Program chart.
  • MATH 1220 (M) and MATH 1240 (M) (or substitutes listed) are additionally recommended in Year 1 as they are prerequisites for 2000 level courses in the program.
  • With departmental permission, STAT 1000 (M) and STAT 2000 (M) may be used in lieu of STAT 1150 (M).
  • Include a W course as part of your electives; choose from the Recommended Introductory Courses list.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit may be used to reduce the first year course load and as a prerequisite to 2000 level courses, where applicable.

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