Physics (PHYS)

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Physics (PHYS)

Location

Location

  • Rutherford Physics Building, Room 108
  • 3600 University Street
  • Montreal, Quebec H3A 2T8
  • Telephone: 514-398-6477
  • Fax: 514-398-8434
  • Email: secretariat [at] physics.mcgill.ca
  • Website: www.physics.mcgill.ca

About Physics

About Physics

Physics is in many ways the parent of the other natural sciences and its discoveries and laws continually affect their development. Its range and scope extend in space and time from subnuclear particles to the universe itself. The subfields of physics such as mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, atomic physics and quantum mechanics, to mention but a few, permeate all other scientific disciplines. People trained in physics are employed in industry, government, and educational systems where they find many challenges as teachers, researchers, administrators and in the rapidly developing area of scientific business.

The two main undergraduate programs in Physics at McGill are the Honours and the Major. The Honours program is highly specialized and the courses are very demanding. This program is appropriate for students who wish to make an in-depth study of the subject in preparation for graduate work and an academic or professional career in physics. The two joint honours, one in Mathematics and Physics and the other in Physics and Chemistry, are even more specialized and demanding. They are intended for students who wish to develop a strong basis in both physics and the other discipline and are intended as preparation for graduate work and a professional or academic career. Although these two programs have a bias for theoretical work, they are broad enough and strong enough to prepare students for further study in either experimental physics or respectively mathematics or chemistry. High standing in CEGEP or Freshman-year mathematics and physics is a requirement for admission to these Honours programs.

The Major program, on the other hand, offers a broad training in classical and modern physics and yet leaves room for the student to take a meaningful sequence of courses in other areas. It is intended primarily for students who wish to pursue careers in fields for which physics provides a basis. However, this program also provides a preparation for graduate studies.

It is possible for students to transfer from the Major program to the Honours program after the first year of studies; see Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Major Physics (60 credits).

There are also a number of other Major programs: Atmospheric Sciences and Physics, Physics and Computer Science, Physics and Geophysics, and Physiology and Physics, offered jointly with other departments, and a Minor program in Electrical Engineering, available only to students in the Physics Major program. In addition, there is a Minor in Physics and a core Physics component of the Liberal Science Program, for students less interested in a specialized education.

For those interested in a career as a high school science teacher, the concurrent program leading to both a B.Sc. and a B.Ed. degree provides several physics options. These combine physics courses from the Major and Minor programs with courses from either Biology or Chemistry and with Education courses. (For details, see Science or Mathematics for Teachers.)

Students from outside of the Province of Quebec will ordinarily register in the Science Freshman program. Physics offers two sequences of courses for this program: they are described below.

The list of pre- and corequisites is not absolute. In many cases permission of the Department may be sought to have a specific prerequisite waived. The procedure is to ask the professor in charge of the course to review the request for such a waiver. The prerequisites of the 100-level courses are described in the following section entitled Science Freshman Program.

Students interested in any of the Physics programs should contact the Department for an adviser.

A Science Major Concentration in Physics is available to students pursuing the B.A. & Sc. degree. This Major Concentration is described in the Bachelor of Arts and Science section of this publication; see Bachelor of Arts and Science > Physics (PHYS) for details.

Internship Year in Science (IYS)

Internship Year in Science (IYS)

IYS is a pregraduate work experience program available to eligible students and normally taken between their U2 and U3 years. For more information, see Industrial Practicum (IP) and Internship Year in Science (IYS).

The following programs are also available with an internship component:

  • Major in Physics
  • Honours in Physics
  • Joint Honours Program in Physics and Chemistry
  • Joint Honours Program in Physics and Mathematics
  • Joint Major Program in Atmospheric Science and Physics
  • Joint Major Program in Physics and Computer Science
  • Joint Major Program in Physics and Geophysics

Science Freshman Program

Science Freshman Program

Students entering McGill with a Quebec CEGEP profile in Science will normally begin their programs in Physics with courses at the 200-level.

Students without this profile should normally take courses PHYS 131 and PHYS 142 if they have previously taken physics at the high school level and should be taking differential calculus concurrently with PHYS 131 and integral calculus concurrently with PHYS 142. Those students who have not previously taken physics at the high school level and who intend to do programs in the Biological Sciences may instead take courses PHYS 101 and PHYS 102. All students are expected to have reasonable fluency in algebra, geometry and trigonometry at the high school level. If this is not the case, then MATH 112 should be taken concurrently with PHYS 101. Those for whom this is not necessary are advised to take MATH 139 concurrently with PHYS 101.

Physics (PHYS) Faculty

Physics (PHYS) Faculty

Chair
C. Gale
Emeritus Professors
John E. Crawford; B.A., M.A.(Tor.), Ph.D.(McG.)
Subal Das Gupta; B.A., M.Sc.(Calc.), Ph.D.(McM.) (William C. Macdonald Emeritus Professor of Physics)
Nicholas DeTakacsy; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Montr.), Ph.D.(McG.)
Harry C.S. Lam; B.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(MIT)
M.P. Langleben; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.), F.R.S.C.
Jonathan K.P. Lee; B.Eng., M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
Tommy S.K. Mark; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.) (William C. Macdonald Emeritus Professor of Physics)
Robert B. Moore; B.Eng., M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
Popat M. Patel; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Manc.), Ph.D.(Harv.)
Douglas G. Stairs; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Qu.), Ph.D.(Harv.) (William C. Macdonald Emeritus Professor of Physics)
John O. Strom-Olsen; B.A., M.S., Ph.D.(Cant.)
Martin J. Zuckermann; M.A., D.Phil.(Oxf.), F.R.S.C. (William C. Macdonald Emeritus Professor of Physics)
Professors
Jean Barrette; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Montr.)
Robert Brandenberger; Dipl., A.M., Ph.D.(Harv.) (Canada Research Chair)
James M. Cline; B.Sc.(Calif.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Cal. Tech.)
François Corriveau; B.Sc.(Laval), M.Sc.(Br. Col.), Docteur Sc.Nat.(Zurich)
Charles Gale; B.Sc.(Ott.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.) (James McGill Professor)
Martin Grant; B.Sc.(PEI), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.), F.R.S.C. (James McGill Professor)
Peter Grutter; Dipl., Ph.D.(Basel) (James McGill Professor)
Hong Guo; B.Sc.(Sichuan), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Pitt.), F.R.S.C. (James McGill Professor)
David Hanna; B.Sc.(McG.), M.A., Ph.D.(Harv.) (William C. Macdonald Professor of Physics)
Richard Harris; B.A.(Oxf.), D.Phil.(Sus.)
Victoria Kaspi; B.Sc.(McG.), M.A., Ph.D.(Prin.) (Canada Research Chair ) (Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics and Cosmology)
Shaun Lovejoy; B.A.(Cant.), Ph.D.(McG.)
Kenneth J. Ragan; B.Sc.(Alta.), D.Sc.(Geneva) (William C. Macdonald Professor of Physics)
Dominic H. Ryan; B.A., Ph.D.(Trin. Coll.)
Mark Sutton; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.) (Ernest Rutherford Professor of Physics)
Jorge Vinals; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Barcelona) (Canada Research Chair)
Associate Professors
Aashish Clerk; B.Sc.(Tor.), Ph.D.(C'nell) (Canada Research Chair)
Andrew Cumming; B.A.(Camb.), Ph.D.(Calif., Berk.)
Michael Hilke; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Geneva)
Sangyong Jeon; B.Sc.(Seoul), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Wash.)
Guy Moore; B.Sc.(Calif.), Ph.D.(Prin.)
Steve Robertson; B.Sc.(Calg.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Vic., BC)
Brigitte Vachon; B.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Vic., BC) (Canada Research Chair)
Andreas Warburton; B.Sc.(Vic., BC), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.)
Paul Wiseman; B.Sc.(St. FX), Ph.D.(W. Ont.) (joint appoint. with Chemistry)
Assistant Professors
Keshav Dasgupta; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Indian IT), Ph.D.(Tata)
Matt Dobbs; B.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Vic., BC) (Canada Research Chair)
Guillaume Gervais, B.Sc.(Sherb.), M.Sc.(McM.), Ph.D.(North. Univ.)
Gil Holder; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Qu.), Ph.D.(Chic.) (Canada Research Chair)
Maria Kilfoil; B.Sc.(New Br.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Nfld.)
Alex Maloney; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Stan.), Ph.D.(Harv.)
Walter Reisner; B.Sc.(Reed), Ph.D.(Prin.)
Bob Rutledge; B.Sc.(USC), Ph.D.(MIT)
Brad Siwick; B.A.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.) (Canada Research Chair)
Tracy Webb; B.Sc.(Tor.), M.Sc.(McM.), Ph.D.(Tor.)
Lecturers
Z. Altounian; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Cairo), Ph.D.(McM.)
F. Buchinger; Dipl.(Mainz), Ph.D.(Joh. Gutenberg U.)
Associate Members
G. Brouhard (Biology)
M. Chacron (Physiology)
K. Gehring (Biochemistry)
P. Hayden (Computer Science)
M. Mackey (Physiology)
J. Nadeau (Biomedical Engineering)
E. Podgorsak (Radiation Oncology)
D. Rassier (Kinesiology & Physical Education)
D. Ronis (Chemistry)
J. Seuntjens (Medical Physics)
T. Szkopek (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
F. Verhaegen (Oncology & Medical Physics)
Curator (Rutherford Museum and McPherson Collection)
Jean Barrette; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Montr.)
Faculty of Science—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Minor Physics (18 credits)

The 18-credit Minor permits no overlap with any other programs. It contains no Mathematics courses, although many of the courses in it have Math pre- or corequisites. It will, therefore, be particularly appropriate to students in Mathematics, but it is also available to any Science student with the appropriate mathematical background.

Students in certain programs (e.g., the Major Chemistry) will find that there are courses in the Minor that are already part of their program, or that they may not take for credit because of a substantial overlap of material with a course or courses in their program. After consultation with an adviser, such students may complete the Minor by substituting any other physics course(s) from the Major or Honours Physics programs.

Required Course (3 credits)

PHYS 257 (3) Experimental Methods 1

Complementary Courses (15 credits)

15 credits to be selected as follows:

one of:

PHYS 230 (3) Dynamics of Simple Systems
PHYS 251 (3) Honours Classical Mechanics 1

one of:

PHYS 232 (3) Heat and Waves
PHYS 253 (3) Thermal Physics

one of:

PHYS 241 (3) Signal Processing
PHYS 258 (3) Experimental Methods 2

one of:

PHYS 214 (3) Introductory Astrophysics
PHYS 225 (3) Musical Acoustics
PHYS 260 (3) Modern Physics and Relativity
PHYS 271 (3) Introduction to Quantum Physics

one of:

PHYS 340 (3) Majors Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 350 (3) Honours Electricity and Magnetism
Faculty of Science—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Minor Electrical Engineering (24 credits)

[Program registration done by Student Affairs Office]

The Minor program does not carry professional recognition. Only students who satisfy the requirements of the Major Physics are eligible for this Minor. Students registered for this option cannot count PHYS 241 towards the requirements of the Major in Physics, and should replace this course by another Physics or Mathematics course. Students who select ECSE 334 in the Minor cannot count PHYS 328 towards the requirements of the Major in Physics, and should replace this course by another Physics or Mathematics course.

Required Courses (12 credits)

ECSE 200 (3) Electric Circuits 1
ECSE 210 (3) Electric Circuits 2
ECSE 303 (3) Signals and Systems 1
ECSE 330 (3) Introduction to Electronics

Complementary Courses (12 credits)

3 credits from the following and 9 credits of ECSE courses at the 200, 300, or 400 level subject to approval by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

ECSE 305 (3) Probability and Random Sig. 1
ECSE 334 (3) Introduction to Microelectronics
Faculty of Science—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Liberal Program - Core Science Component Physics (48 credits)

Program Prerequisites

Students entering Physics programs from the Freshman Program must have successfully completed the courses below or their equivalents. Quebec students must have completed the DEC with appropriate science and mathematics courses.

CHEM 110 (4) General Chemistry 1
CHEM 120 (4) General Chemistry 2
PHYS 131 (4) Mechanics and Waves
PHYS 142 (4) Electromagnetism and Optics

One of:

BIOL 111 (3) Principles: Organismal Biology
BIOL 112 (3) Cell and Molecular Biology

MATH 133 and either MATH 140/141 or MATH 150/151.

MATH 133 (3) Linear Algebra and Geometry
MATH 140 (3) Calculus 1
MATH 141 (4) Calculus 2
MATH 150 (4) Calculus A
MATH 151 (4) Calculus B

Required Courses (39 credits)

MATH 222 (3) Calculus 3
MATH 223 (3) Linear Algebra
MATH 314 (3) Advanced Calculus
MATH 315 (3) Ordinary Differential Equations
PHYS 230 (3) Dynamics of Simple Systems
PHYS 232 (3) Heat and Waves
PHYS 241 (3) Signal Processing
PHYS 257 (3) Experimental Methods 1
PHYS 258 (3) Experimental Methods 2
PHYS 333 (3) Thermal and Statistical Physics
PHYS 340 (3) Majors Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 436 (3) Modern Physics
PHYS 446 (3) Majors Quantum Physics

Complementary Courses (9 credits)

9 credits selected from:

PHYS 328 (3) Electronics
PHYS 331 (3) Topics in Classical Mechanics
PHYS 339 (3) Measurements Laboratory in General Physics
PHYS 342 (3) Majors Electromagnetic Waves
PHYS 434 (3) Optics
PHYS 439 (3) Majors Laboratory in Modern Physics
Faculty of Science—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Major Physics (60 credits)

Program Prerequisites

Students entering Physics programs from the Freshman Program must have successfully completed the courses below or their equivalents. Quebec students must have completed the DEC with appropriate science and mathematics courses.

CHEM 110 (4) General Chemistry 1
CHEM 120 (4) General Chemistry 2
PHYS 131 (4) Mechanics and Waves
PHYS 142 (4) Electromagnetism and Optics

One of:

BIOL 111 (3) Principles: Organismal Biology
BIOL 112 (3) Cell and Molecular Biology

MATH 133 and either MATH 140/141 or MATH 150/151.

MATH 133 (3) Linear Algebra and Geometry
MATH 140 (3) Calculus 1
MATH 141 (4) Calculus 2
MATH 150 (4) Calculus A
MATH 151 (4) Calculus B

U1 Required Courses (21 credits)

MATH 222 (3) Calculus 3
MATH 223 (3) Linear Algebra
PHYS 230 (3) Dynamics of Simple Systems
PHYS 232 (3) Heat and Waves
PHYS 241 (3) Signal Processing
PHYS 257 (3) Experimental Methods 1
PHYS 258 (3) Experimental Methods 2

U2 Required Courses (24 credits)

MATH 314 (3) Advanced Calculus
MATH 315 (3) Ordinary Differential Equations
PHYS 328 (3) Electronics
PHYS 331 (3) Topics in Classical Mechanics
PHYS 333 (3) Thermal and Statistical Physics
PHYS 339 (3) Measurements Laboratory in General Physics
PHYS 340 (3) Majors Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 342 (3) Majors Electromagnetic Waves

U3 Required Courses (15 credits)

PHYS 434 (3) Optics
PHYS 436 (3) Modern Physics
PHYS 439 (3) Majors Laboratory in Modern Physics
PHYS 446 (3) Majors Quantum Physics
PHYS 449 (3) Majors Research Project

It is possible for students to transfer from the Major to the Honours program after the U1 year if they have passed all U1 Required courses and MATH 314 and MATH 315 with a C or better, and obtained a GPA of 3.5 or better in these courses. The written permission of an adviser is required for this change of program.

Note: The missing MATH 249 and PHYS 260 from the U1 Honours Year should be taken in U2.

Faculty of Science—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Major Physics and Geophysics (69 credits)

This joint program in Physics and Geophysics provides a firm basis for graduate work in geophysics and related fields as well as a sound preparation for those who wish to embark on a career directly after the B.Sc.

Program Prerequisites

Students entering Physics programs from the Freshman Program must have successfully completed the courses below or their equivalents. Quebec students must have completed the DEC with appropriate science and mathematics courses.

CHEM 110 (4) General Chemistry 1
CHEM 120 (4) General Chemistry 2
PHYS 131 (4) Mechanics and Waves
PHYS 142 (4) Electromagnetism and Optics

One of:

BIOL 111 (3) Principles: Organismal Biology
BIOL 112 (3) Cell and Molecular Biology

MATH 133 and either MATH 140/141 or MATH 150/151.

MATH 133 (3) Linear Algebra and Geometry
MATH 140 (3) Calculus 1
MATH 141 (4) Calculus 2
MATH 150 (4) Calculus A
MATH 151 (4) Calculus B

U1 Required Courses (30 credits)

EPSC 203 (3) Structural Geology
EPSC 210 (3) Introductory Mineralogy
EPSC 231 (3) Field School 1
MATH 222 (3) Calculus 3
MATH 223 (3) Linear Algebra
MATH 314 (3) Advanced Calculus
PHYS 230 (3) Dynamics of Simple Systems
PHYS 232 (3) Heat and Waves
PHYS 257 (3) Experimental Methods 1
PHYS 258 (3) Experimental Methods 2

U2 Required Courses (18 credits)

EPSC 320 (3) Elementary Earth Physics
EPSC 350 (3) Tectonics
MATH 315 (3) Ordinary Differential Equations
MATH 319 (3) Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
PHYS 339 (3) Measurements Laboratory in General Physics
PHYS 340 (3) Majors Electricity and Magnetism

U2 or U3 Required Courses (6 credits)

EPSC 330 (3) Earthquakes and Earth Structure
EPSC 510 (3) Geodynamics and Geomagnetism

U3 Required Courses (15 credits)

PHYS 331 (3) Topics in Classical Mechanics
PHYS 332 (3) Physics of Fluids
PHYS 333 (3) Thermal and Statistical Physics
PHYS 342 (3) Majors Electromagnetic Waves
PHYS 446 (3) Majors Quantum Physics
Faculty of Science—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Major Physics and Computer Science (66 credits)

The Major Physics and Computer Science is designed to give motivated students the opportunity to combine the two fields in a way that will distinguish them from the graduates of either field by itself. The two disciplines complement each other, with physics providing an analytic problem-solving outlook and basic understanding of nature, while computer science enhances the ability to make practical and marketable applications, in addition to having its own theoretical interest. Graduates of this program may be able to present themselves as being more immediately useful than a pure physics major, but with more breadth than just a programmer. They will be able to demonstrate their combined expertise in the Special Project course which is the centrepiece of the final year of the program.

Program Prerequisites

Students entering Physics programs from the Freshman Program must have successfully completed the courses below or their equivalents. Quebec students must have completed the DEC with appropriate science and mathematics courses.

CHEM 110 (4) General Chemistry 1
CHEM 120 (4) General Chemistry 2
PHYS 131 (4) Mechanics and Waves
PHYS 142 (4) Electromagnetism and Optics

One of:

BIOL 111 (3) Principles: Organismal Biology
BIOL 112 (3) Cell and Molecular Biology

MATH 133 and either MATH 140/141 or MATH 150/151.

MATH 133 (3) Linear Algebra and Geometry
MATH 140 (3) Calculus 1
MATH 141 (4) Calculus 2
MATH 150 (4) Calculus A
MATH 151 (4) Calculus B

U1 Required Courses (21 credits)

COMP 250 (3) Introduction to Computer Science
MATH 222 (3) Calculus 3
MATH 223 (3) Linear Algebra
MATH 240 (3) Discrete Structures 1
PHYS 230 (3) Dynamics of Simple Systems
PHYS 257 (3) Experimental Methods 1
PHYS 258 (3) Experimental Methods 2

U2 Required Courses (24 credits)

COMP 206 (3) Introduction to Software Systems
COMP 251 (3) Data Structures and Algorithms
COMP 302 (3) Programming Languages and Paradigms
COMP 350 (3) Numerical Computing
MATH 314 (3) Advanced Calculus
MATH 315 (3) Ordinary Differential Equations
PHYS 232 (3) Heat and Waves
PHYS 241 (3) Signal Processing

U3 Required Courses (21 credits)

COMP 360 (3) Algorithm Design Techniques
MATH 323 (3) Probability
PHYS 331 (3) Topics in Classical Mechanics
PHYS 339 (3) Measurements Laboratory in General Physics
PHYS 340 (3) Majors Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 446 (3) Majors Quantum Physics
PHYS 489 (3) Special Project
Faculty of Science—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Honours Physics (78 credits)

Students entering this program for the first time should have high standing in mathematics and physics. In addition, a student who has not completed the equivalent of MATH 222 must take it in the first term without receiving credit toward the 78 credits required in the Honours program.

A student whose average in the required and complementary courses in any year falls below a GPA of 3.00, or whose grade in any individual required or complementary course falls below a C (in both the final examination and supplemental examination if taken), may not register in the Honours program the following year, or graduate with the Honours degree, except with the permission of the Department.

Program Prerequisites

Students entering Physics programs from the Freshman Program must have successfully completed the courses below or their equivalents. Quebec students must have completed the DEC with appropriate science and mathematics courses.

CHEM 110 (4) General Chemistry 1
CHEM 120 (4) General Chemistry 2
PHYS 131 (4) Mechanics and Waves
PHYS 142 (4) Electromagnetism and Optics

One of:

BIOL 111 (3) Principles: Organismal Biology
BIOL 112 (3) Cell and Molecular Biology

MATH 133 and either MATH 140/141 or MATH 150/151.

MATH 133 (3) Linear Algebra and Geometry
MATH 140 (3) Calculus 1
MATH 141 (4) Calculus 2
MATH 150 (4) Calculus A
MATH 151 (4) Calculus B

U1 Required Courses (27 credits)

MATH 247 (3) Honours Applied Linear Algebra
MATH 248 (3) Honours Advanced Calculus
MATH 249 (3) Honours Complex Variables
MATH 325 (3) Honours Ordinary Differential Equations
PHYS 241 (3) Signal Processing
PHYS 251 (3) Honours Classical Mechanics 1
PHYS 257 (3) Experimental Methods 1
PHYS 258 (3) Experimental Methods 2
PHYS 260 (3) Modern Physics and Relativity

U2 Required Courses (24 credits)

MATH 375 (3) Honours Partial Differential Equations
PHYS 253 (3) Thermal Physics
PHYS 350 (3) Honours Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 357 (3) Honours Quantum Physics 1
PHYS 359 (3) Honours Laboratory in Modern Physics 1
PHYS 362 (3) Statistical Mechanics
PHYS 451 (3) Honours Classical Mechanics 2
PHYS 457 (3) Honours Quantum Physics 2

U3 Required Courses (6 credits)

PHYS 352 (3) Honours Electromagnetic Waves
PHYS 551 (3) Quantum Theory

U3 Complementary Courses (21 credits)

6 credits selected from:

Note: PHYS 459D1 and PHYS 459D2 are taken together.

PHYS 459D1 (3) Honours Research Thesis
PHYS 459D2 (3) Honours Research Thesis
PHYS 469 (3) Honours Laboratory in Modern Physics 2
PHYS 479 (3) Honours Research Project

15 credits selected from the list below (students may substitute one or more courses with any 3-credit course approved by the Department of Physics):

PHYS 332 (3) Physics of Fluids
PHYS 434 (3) Optics
PHYS 479 (3) Honours Research Project
PHYS 514 (3) General Relativity
PHYS 521 (3) Astrophysics
PHYS 557 (3) Nuclear Physics
PHYS 558 (3) Solid State Physics
PHYS 559 (3) Advanced Statistical Mechanics
PHYS 562 (3) Electromagnetic Theory
PHYS 567 (3) Particle Physics
PHYS 580 (3) Introduction to String Theory
Faculty of Science—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Honours Mathematics and Physics (81 credits)

This is a specialized and demanding program intended for students who wish to develop a strong basis in both Mathematics and Physics in preparation for graduate work and a professional or academic career. Although the program is optimized for theoretical physics, it is broad enough and strong enough to prepare students for further study in either experimental physics or mathematics.

The minimum requirement for entry into the program is completion with high standing of the usual CEGEP courses in physics and in mathematics, or the Physics Pre-Program Requirements as explained below. In addition, a student who has not completed the equivalent of MATH 222 must take it in the first term without receiving credit toward the 81 credits required in the Honours program.

A student whose average in the required and complementary courses in any year falls below a GPA of 3.00, or whose grade in any individual required or complementary course falls below a C (in both the final examination and supplemental examination if taken), may not register in the Honours program the following year, or graduate with the Honours degree, except with the permission of both Departments. The student will have two advisers, one from Mathematics and the other from Physics.

Program Prerequisites

Students entering Physics programs from the Freshman Program must have successfully completed the courses below or their equivalents. Quebec students must have completed the DEC with appropriate science and mathematics courses.

CHEM 110 (4) General Chemistry 1
CHEM 120 (4) General Chemistry 2
PHYS 131 (4) Mechanics and Waves
PHYS 142 (4) Electromagnetism and Optics

One of:

BIOL 111 (3) Principles: Organismal Biology
BIOL 112 (3) Cell and Molecular Biology

MATH 133 and either MATH 140/141 or MATH 150/151.

MATH 133 (3) Linear Algebra and Geometry
MATH 140 (3) Calculus 1
MATH 141 (4) Calculus 2
MATH 150 (4) Calculus A
MATH 151 (4) Calculus B

U1 Required Courses (27 credits)

MATH 235 (3) Algebra 1
MATH 248 (3) Honours Advanced Calculus
MATH 249 (3) Honours Complex Variables
MATH 325 (3) Honours Ordinary Differential Equations
PHYS 241 (3) Signal Processing
PHYS 251 (3) Honours Classical Mechanics 1
PHYS 257 (3) Experimental Methods 1
PHYS 258 (3) Experimental Methods 2
PHYS 260 (3) Modern Physics and Relativity

U2 Required Courses (27 credits)

MATH 242 (3) Analysis 1
MATH 255 (3) Honours Analysis 2
MATH 375 (3) Honours Partial Differential Equations
PHYS 253 (3) Thermal Physics
PHYS 350 (3) Honours Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 357 (3) Honours Quantum Physics 1
PHYS 362 (3) Statistical Mechanics
PHYS 451 (3) Honours Classical Mechanics 2
PHYS 457 (3) Honours Quantum Physics 2

U3 Required Courses (12 credits)

MATH 354 (3) Honours Analysis 3
MATH 380 (3) Honours Differential Geometry
PHYS 352 (3) Honours Electromagnetic Waves
PHYS 359 (3) Honours Laboratory in Modern Physics 1

U1 Complementary Course (3 credits)

MATH 247 (3) Honours Applied Linear Algebra
MATH 251 (3) Honours Algebra 2

U3 Complementary Courses (12 credits)

12 credits are selected as follows:

3 credits from:

MATH 355 (3) Honours Analysis 4
MATH 370 (3) Honours Algebra 3

6 credits selected from:

PHYS 479 (3) Honours Research Project
PHYS 514 (3) General Relativity
PHYS 521 (3) Astrophysics
PHYS 551 (3) Quantum Theory
PHYS 557 (3) Nuclear Physics
PHYS 558 (3) Solid State Physics
PHYS 559 (3) Advanced Statistical Mechanics
PHYS 562 (3) Electromagnetic Theory
PHYS 567 (3) Particle Physics
PHYS 580 (3) Introduction to String Theory

3 credits in Honours Mathematics.

Faculty of Science—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Honours Physics and Chemistry (80 credits)

This is a specialized and demanding program intended primarily, although not exclusively, for students with a theoretical bias who are interested in working in fields of study at the crossroads of physical chemistry and physics. The program will prepare students for either theoretical or experimental graduate work in departments where there is an emphasis on such cross-disciplinary areas as condensed matter physics, chemical physics, or material science.

A student whose average in the required and complementary courses in any year falls below a GPA of 3.00, or whose grade in any individual required or complementary course falls below a C (in both the final examination and supplemental examination if taken), may not register in this Honours program the following year, or graduate with the Honours degree, except with permission of both Departments.

The student will have two advisers, one from Chemistry and the other from Physics.

Program Prerequisites

Students entering Physics programs from the Freshman Program must have successfully completed the courses below or their equivalents. Quebec students must have completed the DEC with appropriate science and mathematics courses.

CHEM 110 (4) General Chemistry 1
CHEM 120 (4) General Chemistry 2
PHYS 131 (4) Mechanics and Waves
PHYS 142 (4) Electromagnetism and Optics

One of:

BIOL 111 (3) Principles: Organismal Biology
BIOL 112 (3) Cell and Molecular Biology

MATH 133 and either MATH 140/141 or MATH 150/151.

MATH 133 (3) Linear Algebra and Geometry
MATH 140 (3) Calculus 1
MATH 141 (4) Calculus 2
MATH 150 (4) Calculus A
MATH 151 (4) Calculus B

U1 Required Courses (30 credits)

CHEM 223 (2) Introductory Physical Chemistry 1
CHEM 243 (2) Introductory Physical Chemistry 2
CHEM 253 (1) Introductory Physical Chemistry 1 Laboratory
CHEM 263 (1) Introductory Physical Chemistry 2 Laboratory
MATH 247 (3) Honours Applied Linear Algebra
MATH 248 (3) Honours Advanced Calculus
MATH 249 (3) Honours Complex Variables
MATH 325 (3) Honours Ordinary Differential Equations
PHYS 241 (3) Signal Processing
PHYS 251 (3) Honours Classical Mechanics 1
PHYS 257 (3) Experimental Methods 1
PHYS 258 (3) Experimental Methods 2

U2 Required Courses (24 credits)

CHEM 212 (4) Introductory Organic Chemistry 1
CHEM 281 (3) Inorganic Chemistry 1
CHEM 355 (3) Molecular Properties and Structure 2
CHEM 365 (2) Statistical Thermodynamics
COMP 208 (3) Computers in Engineering
PHYS 350 (3) Honours Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 357 (3) Honours Quantum Physics 1
PHYS 457 (3) Honours Quantum Physics 2

U3 Required Courses (14 credits)

CHEM 393 (2) Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 556 (3) Advanced Quantum Mechanics
CHEM 574 (3) Introductory Polymer Chemistry
PHYS 352 (3) Honours Electromagnetic Waves
PHYS 558 (3) Solid State Physics

U3 Complementary Courses (12 credits)

(with at least 3 credits in Chemistry and 3 credits in Physics)

3 credits selected from:

CHEM 593 (3) Statistical Mechanics
PHYS 559 (3) Advanced Statistical Mechanics

9 credits selected from the list below:

Note: CHEM 480D1/CHEM 480D2 and CHEM 490D1/CHEM490D2 are taken together.

CHEM 480D1 (1.5) Research Project 2
CHEM 480D2 (1.5) Research Project 2
CHEM 490D1 (1.5) Research Project 3
CHEM 490D2 (1.5) Research Project 3
CHEM 531 (3) Chemistry of Inorganic Materials
CHEM 575 (3) Chemical Kinetics
CHEM 585 (3) Colloid Chemistry
MATH 375 (3) Honours Partial Differential Equations
PHYS 434 (3) Optics
PHYS 451 (3) Honours Classical Mechanics 2
PHYS 469 (3) Honours Laboratory in Modern Physics 2
PHYS 479 (3) Honours Research Project
PHYS 562 (3) Electromagnetic Theory
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Physics (PHYS) Related Programs

Physics (PHYS) Related Programs

Joint Major in Atmospheric Science and Physics

Joint Major in Atmospheric Science and Physics

See Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC). This program provides a firm basis for graduate work in atmospheric science and related fields as well as a sound preparation for those who wish to embark on a career directly after the B.Sc. Students should consult undergraduate advisers in both departments.

Joint Major in Physiology and Physics

Joint Major in Physiology and Physics

See Physiology (PHGY). This program provides a firm basis for graduate work in bio-physics and other interdisciplinary fields involving the physical and biological sciences.

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