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Degrees Available

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts & Science
  • Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Management

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Fall & Spring

Campus: 

Lethbridge

Program Description

Physics is the study of matter and energy at all scales, from the sub-nuclear to the dimensions of the universe. It is the fundamental science — all other sciences and technologies rely on the principles of physics.

Physics involves observing and understanding natural phenomena. It is evident in the world around us in everything from the seasons, the motion of objects, the flight of birds, the night sky and the weather, to lasers, electronics and the technology we rely on today.

Physics is very much a “hands-on” science, so the most effective way for you to learn the subject is to actually do physics. Astronomy teaches you how to study objects at a distance and interpret the information gathered. This helps us begin to understand the universe we live in. The skills you will learn in astronomy are also applicable to remote sensing and its application to environmental problems.

The department offers a comprehensive physics major. The foundation of this program is built in the first two years, as you study mechanics, waves, electricity and magnetism, optics, thermal physics and modern physics.

In your third and fourth years, you will gain a deeper understanding of the fundamentals and delve into more advanced and specialized areas. Specialized topics may include the research interests of department faculty members, as all faculty members are involved in rigorous research programs.

Faculty members also ensure you are provided with a wide view of physics, exposing you to all areas of the subject and describing a wide variety of applications. This enables you to make informed decisions when choosing the areas you may wish to pursue in the future.

Physics club | Through the Physics Club, you can volunteer to take part in community outreach activities and physics demonstrations in local schools. Not only do these popular events kindle the interest of younger students, they also provide you with a valuable educational experience.

Minors | Adding a minor to your degree is a great way to explore academic interests beyond your major. A minor is a set of courses comprising a secondary focus of interest. It is generally not related to your major. A minor may be required or optional. Pursue a second passion by adding a minor to your degree. 

Honours thesis | If your GPA is high enough entering your final year, you can opt to complete an undergraduate thesis course. This is an excellent opportunity for you to earn an “Honours Thesis” designation on your degree; as well as obtain extensive research experience.

Experience learning | Our students have a number of experiential learning opportunities available to them including co-operative educationinternational exchanges, independent and applied studies as well as volunteer opportunities. uLethbridge is the only university in Alberta to offer co-operative education to all majors in the arts & sciences, at both the undergrad and grad level.

Skills acquired | In addition to developing exceptional communication skills, you will develop critical and analytical problem solving skills, research and information management skills, and improve your attention to detail. You will leave the program with a strong ability to summarize research findings, excellent fieldwork and risk assessment techniques, as well as an in-depth knowledge of environmental issues.

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"Pursuing a degree in biochemistry and physics at the University of Lethbridge led me to Oxford with a Rhodes Scholarship. The small class sizes, undergraduate research opportunities, and personalized co-op program prepared me for success. In fact, I think we have the most fantastic co-op program in Canada." - Russell, BSc (Co-op) '02

Additional Requirements: 

For current information on admission and program requirements, visit the Registrar's Office website.

Not from Alberta? View other provinces' grade 12-level subjects.

Additional Information for Transfer Students: 

Why Take Your Next Step to uLethbridge?

Experience. Expand your knowledge, gain practical hands-on experience and learn from an expert in your field of study by participating in co-operative education, applied or independent studies and our international exchange programs — explore your interests while connecting with employers and putting future career opportunities to the test. Co-op students can actually head out on their first work term before ever stepping foot on campus! For example, many transfer students have completed a summer work term before starting classes in September.

Research. Opportunities to work on research projects with world-renowned professors — uLethbridge actively engages students at the undergraduate, graduate and PhD level.

Transferability of courses. Students with transferable post-secondary courses may be able to get course credit for courses already completed.

Ease of transition. Transferring from college to a smaller university pretty much guarantees that you’ll get to know your professors.


Possible Careers

Major Branches of Physics. For those who will ultimately pursue a physics career, the major branches of physics include:

  • Acoustics
  • Archaeometry
  • Astrophysics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics
  • Biophysics
  • Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Cosmology
  • Geophysics
  • High-energy Physics
  • Medical Physics
  • Nanoscience
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Soft Matter Physics

Here are just a few of the options that may be open to you once you’ve earned your degree or with further training:

  • Condensed Matter Physicist
  • Medical/Health Physicist
  • Biophysicist
  • Research or Computer Scientist
  • Atomic & Molecular Physicist
  • Nuclear & Particle Physicist
  • Consultant
  • Nanoscientist
  • Astrophysicist
  • Geophysicist
  • Teacher
  • Meteorologist
  • Archaeometrist
  • Applied Physicist
  • Environmental Physicist
  • Neurophysicist

 

Professional disciplines & graduate studies | Your undergraduate degree in physics provides an excellent foundation for education (high school and university), engineering, medicine and dentistry. Graduates from this discipline have also gone on to work in law, journalism and management. The University of Lethbridge’s School of Graduate Studies offers graduate programs, at the Master and Doctoral levels, spanning over 60 disciplines — so why not consider pursuing grad school right here in Lethbridge! Whether you choose to do your advanced studies at uLethbridge or another institution, know that your undergraduate degree has set you on the path to post-graduate success.

Program Planning

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Sample Classes:

  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biophysics
  • Electronics (digital and analog)
  • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Engineering
  • Experimental Physics
  • Mechanics
  • Nuclear & Particle Physics
  • Optics
  • Quantum Physics
  • Remote Sensing
  • Solid State Physics
  • Theoretical & Mathematical Physics
  • Thermal Physics
  • Waves
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