Physics (Faculty of Science)

Quebec CEGEP
Previous year's cutoff:
28.30 overall R-Score
Prerequisite courses:
  • Biology NYA (00UK) 01Y5;
  • Chemistry NYA (00UL), 01Y6; Chemistry NYB (00UM);
  • Math NYA (00UN), 01Y1; Math NYB (00UP) 01Y2; Math NYC (00UQ), 01Y4;
  • Physics NYA (00UR), 01Y7; Physics NYB (00US), 01YF; Physics NYC (00UT), 01YG.
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major
Honours
Liberal Program

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Ontario high school
Previous year's cutoff:
92.00% top 6 average
Prerequisite courses:
  • 4U English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school;
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors;
  • Two of 4U Biology, Chemistry or Physics
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major
Honours
Liberal Program

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Other Canadian high school
Previous year's cutoff:
92.00% top 5 average
Prerequisite courses:
  • Grade 12 English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school;
  • Grade 12 math (precalculus or calculus)
  • Two of Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry or Physics
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major
Honours
Liberal Program

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

U.S. high school
Previous year's cutoff:
A- average in grades 10, 11 and 12
Prerequisite courses:
  • Courses must include: Pre-calculus; two of biology, chemistry or physics
  • Standardized Tests (Test Optional for Fall 2021):
    • ACT, or
    • SAT and two SAT Subject tests (Subject tests must include two from: Math,
    • Biology, Chemistry or Physics).
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major
Honours
Liberal Program

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Other
Previous year's cutoff:

While the minimum requirement for McGill is the equivalent of a B+ average, most programs will have higher requirements. See the complete admissions requirements for more information applicable to your situation.

Prerequisite courses:
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major
Honours
Liberal Program

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

See the complete requirements

Overview

Physics is crucial to understanding how the universe functions, from atoms and subatomic particles to stars, galaxies and cosmological bodies. Physics explores the most fundamental measurable quantities of energy and matter and their patterns and relationships in time and space, translating into theories, formulas and laws. 

The goal of physics is ambitious: to find and understand the laws that govern everything in the Universe, from the behaviour of the smallest building blocks of matter to the structure of the space-time and the Universe itself. Therefore, regardless of specialty, a physicist is constantly wondering how to discover new phenomena, understand them, improve current theories and techniques to do so, and figure out how they all fit together. 

If you are intrigued by these questions, the BSc. Physics Major might be the perfect fit for you. The program covers general physics, quantum physics, advanced calculus, electricity, magnetism and mechanics. You can also take courses in biophysics, astrophysics, computational physics, electronics, climate physics and more.

  


Careers

Physics is a very broad discipline, meaning that you will have a diverse range of career opportunities after graduation. Your research and laboratory skills and experience will be valuable in many areas. You can also choose to pursue graduate studies and work in research in a more specialized field. 

Depending on your interests and experience, you could become a professional: 

  • Stratigrapher
  • Systems Analyst
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Forensic Laboratory Technician


And with additional training or education: 

  • Astrophysicist
  • Optical Physicist
  • Atomic Physicist
  • Medical Physicist

Possible minors

Minors are a great way to customize your academic experience. Many students use minors to pursue interests outside their major, while others choose minors to complement their degree.

Minors that complement this program:

Learn more about how majors and minors work

Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Science.

See the full eligibility information for more information about deadlines and required documents for your application.

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