Physics

The Department of Physics offers the following academic programs:

Knowledge

Properties and behaviour of matter and energy; origin, evolution and structure of the universe; fundamental laws of nature; mechanics, waves and optics; electricity and magnetism; heat and thermodynamics; health physics; atomic and nuclear physics; quantum mechanics and relativity (e.g., gravitation, black holes & cosmology); solid state physics; research methods and data analysis using specialized electronic and computer equipment.   

Skills

Apply principles of physics and mathematics to understand and solve problems in different fields (e.g., aerospace, health, mining, technology); design and perform experiments with specialized equipment (e.g., lasers and spectrometers); think analytically and creatively; write precise technical reports.

Sample Courses
Heat and Thermodynamics, From Quarks to the Cosmos, Atomic Physics, Health Physics.

Examples of Career Fields and Occupations

  • Aeronautics & Space Industries (e.g., flight simulator)
  • Applied Mathematics (e.g., data analysis: business, finance, health)
  • Astronomer
  • Astrophysicist
  • Biophysics (e.g., biotechnology, environment, pharmaceuticals)
  • Computers/Information Technology (e.g., analyst, programmer)
  • Design Development (e.g., buildings, electronics, TV, vehicles)
  • Geophysicist (e.g., exploration, mining, petroleum, water, weather)
  • Health Physicist (e.g., radiation safety in hospitals, labs, mines, reactors)
  • Industrial Physicist (e.g., computer simulation, instrumentation, film)
  • Management/Administration
  • Medical Physicist (e.g., radiation therapy, diagnostic imaging)
  • Laser Technician
  • Meteorology
  • Nanotechnology (e.g., microchips, metallurgy)
  • National Defense
  • Physicist
  • Planetariums
  • Quality Assurance
  • Remote Sensing
  • Research
  • Science Museums
  • Science Writer
  • Synchrotron Research
  • Telecommunications
  • Teacher/Professor
  • X-Ray Crystallographer

For Further information please see the Department of  Physics