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Bachelor’s Degree Programs


Physics is the basis of all other sciences and involves the study of space, time and energy. There is scarcely an area of modern life that is not affected by physics.

Physicists are highly trained scientists, with knowledge of mathematics, computer programming, the design of complex instruments, and the analysis and interpretation of complex sets of data. They are also versatile scientists, able to cross boundaries into other subjects like chemistry, biology, medicine, and earth and planetary sciences. Advances in physics often enable advances in new technologies. There is significant demand for physicists in Canadian industry.

At the U of R, you can take one of three bachelor’s degree programs in physics:

Bachelor of Science in Physics

This program is intended for those who want to study physics as part of a general education or to combine physics with other disciplines to pursue a career in areas such as science journalism, technology, and medicine. A bachelor’s degree in physics is useful for professional programs such as medicine, law, or business administration. The large number of electives in this program allows you to obtain a significant background in another scientific subject, such as mathematics, chemistry, computer science, geology, or physical geography.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics

The innovative program in Applied Physics combines the best of modern physics instruction with practical knowledge in related fields. This program is a co-operative effort between the U of R and participating industry employers.

Bachelor of Science Honours in Physics

The Honours program is more specialized, and provides solid preparation for those intending to study physics at the graduate level. This program includes an Honours research project during the last year of study.

What is Physics?

Physics is the study of matter, as well as its motion through space and time, and how it reacts with heat, light, electricity, and sound. Physics is the most basic and fundamental of all the sciences, and one of the oldest academic subjects.

Physicists seek to understand how things work. This includes everything from elementary particles, to nuclei, atoms, molecules, macromolecules, living cells, solids, liquids, gases, plasmas, living organisms, the human brain, complex systems, supercomputers, the atmosphere, planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe.

Some of the main fields of physics include:

  • acoustics, astrophysics, atmospheric and space physics, atomic and molecular physics
  • biophysics, condensed matter physics, cryogenics, electrodynamics
  • fluid mechanics and aerodynamics, general relativity and other gravity theory
  • geophysics, medical physics, nuclear physics, optics and quantum optics, particle physics
  • plasma physics, quantum field theory, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics

Quick Facts

Program: Bachelor of Science in Physics Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics Bachelor of Science Honours in Physics
Length: 4-5 years
Offered Through: University of Regina Campion College First Nations University of Canada Luther College
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Why Study Physics at the University of Regina?

The U of R’s physics programs have a strong core-based curriculum. This includes courses such as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and solid state physics.

You will benefit from small class sizes, mentorship from professors, and exposure to their research.

We offer summer research opportunities to interested undergraduate students, funded out of our research grants. 

The U of R is a full member of TRIUMF, a subatomic physics laboratory in Vancouver, and has a close relationship with the Jefferson Laboratory in Newport News, Virginia, USA.

The best part about taking undergraduate studies in physics at the U of R was the amount of work and research experience I was able to obtain. I was given the opportunity to do research at the university for the summers after my second, third, and final year, gaining valuable knowledge in experimental techniques, computer programming, and different areas of research. I also gained work experience through the co-op program, which provided me with an opportunity to see into the field of Medical Physics, and I gained teaching experience in my final year as a lab instructor for a first-year course. Every single student I spoke to in physics obtained work experience during their undergrad studies, either through summer research, teaching labs, or marking assignments. I’m very thankful for all of the experiences I gained that helped me choose an area of research that I am extremely excited to pursue!

Colleen Henschel, 2018
B.Sc. Honours (High Honours)

I think the most noteworthy aspect of the physics program at the University of Regina is the level of camaraderie within the student community. The small classes produce a relaxed, comfortable lecture atmosphere, and the student-professor relationships thrive as a result. It is evident that the professors care personally about your success as a student and as a future scientist; on top of high-quality lectures, they do a wonderful job of promoting research opportunities and are more than willing to write reference letters and give advice. I'm leaving the University of Regina feeling exceptionally well prepared to continue my education. The department provided me with a fantastic education, lifelong friends, and an early exposure to the cutting edge of research. Thanks guys!

Shayne Gryba, 2017
B.Sc. Honours Physics, B.Sc. Mathematics

Physics Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Science Honours?

The honours program has higher academic requirements. To graduate with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree, you must have an overall average of at least 70 per cent, and an average of least 75 per cent in physics courses and other required science courses.

If you are interested in the honours program, you must get permission from the physics department.

What’s the difference between Physics and Applied Physics?

Applied physics deals with practical physics, meaning the study of things for practical application. Applied physics is a segment of physics that is intended for a particular technological or practical use. Applied physics is also related to engineering.

What clubs, campus events, and networking opportunities do physics students participate in?
Can I transfer into a physics program?

You can transfer from another U of R program, or from other college and university programs, as long as you meet the admission requirements for the Faculty of Science.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes! We offer the following scholarships to undergraduate physics students:

  • Science 10th Anniversary Entrance Scholarship
  • Faculty of Science Indigenous Scholar Award
  • Huber Undergraduate Physics Scholarship
  • Dr. Neil Knecht Scholarship in Physics
  • June and Jack Krogan Women in Science Scholarship
  • SED Systems - A Division of Calian Ltd. Scholarship
  • Dean of Science Scholarly Achievement Award
  • Petar C. Hein Memorial Scholarship in Physics

Use our online Student Awards Management System (SAMS) to find other awards and scholarships for which you may be eligible.

Physics Programs Concepts and Goals

U of R physics majors have gone on to work in positions including research scientist, software developer, radiation safety officer, health physicist, teacher, and more.


Your studies will include:

  • The properties and behaviour of matter and energy
  • The origin, evolution and structure of the universe, and the fundamental laws of nature
  • Mechanics, waves and optics, electricity and magnetism, and heat and thermodynamics
  • Health physics
  • Atomic and nuclear physics
  • Quantum mechanics and relativity (e.g., gravitation, black holes and cosmology)
  • Solid state physics

You will also learn research methods and data analysis using specialized electronic and computer equipment.

Get experience

Co-op work terms provide you with practical, hands-on learning experience in your field and help you develop professional competency skills. You can also get experience through summer research opportunities.

Get jobs

Because of their unique skill set, physics majors are hired in a wide variety of areas. They are trained problem solvers with a broad perspective, and they can make connections between different fields and see solutions where others cannot.

What Can You Do With a Physics degree?

Upon successfully completing your bachelor’s program in physics, you will be ready for the next step of your career. Some of our students continue their education with graduate studies.

To explore minors that may be available in this program area, please visit the Academic Calendar or meet with your faculty advisor in the Academic Advising Office after you are admitted.

The jobs physics graduates go on to include:

  • Astronomer
  • Astrophysicist
  • Geophysicist
  • Health Physicist
  • Industrial Physicist
  • Medical Physicist
  • Physicist
  • X-Ray Crystallographer
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