Physics & Astrophysics

Physics & Astrophysics Major (HBSc)

Admissions Category: Physical & Environmental Sciences

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Program Overview

Physics is among the oldest scientific disciplines. It seeks to understand the interactions and evolution of all objects in the universe. This program offers a solid physics and astrophysics background with the opportunity to explore other disciplines. It gives students the flexibility in upper year physics requirements, where they can plan their own upper division courses to fit their individual objectives. We specialize in computational, environmental, and planetary physics.

 

Complementary Programs:

Major program in Computer ScienceMajor program in Mathematics.



Check out future career opportunities and skills acquired from completing this program:

Competencies & Skills

  • Apply physical principles to problems and formulate solutions
  • Integrate theoretical approaches
  • Mathematical and computational modelling
  • Design and execute experiments
  • Critical thinking

Careers for Graduates

  • Researcher in Academia or Industry
  • Financial Industry
  • Data Science
  • Education
  • Policy and Data Analyst in Government
  • Resource Sector

Further Education

  • Graduate Studies
  • Teacher Education
  • Software Development
  • Finance
  • Engineering
  • Nuclear Medicine

Program Pathway

Year 1 | Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4

Year 1
Choose Your Courses Wisely

 


Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
Apply Theory to Practice
Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career

Year 2
Choose Your Courses Wisely
Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
Apply Theory to Practice
Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career
  • Gain experience by applying for a summer, part-time or Work Study position via CLNx (>Jobs & Recruitment).
  • Considering grad school? Speak to professors and advisors early so you are on track.
  • Explore careers through the AA&CC’s Job Shadowing and In The Field programs.


Year 3
Choose Your Courses Wisely
Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
  • Take an elective course to expand your academic horizons and skills.
  • Contact professors about summer research opportunities.
  • Attend the department’s iSPEAC seminar series where invited guests share their cutting-edge research.

Apply Theory to Practice
  • Build on your skills and knowledge through relevant events offered through your department, student groupsDSL and the AA&CC.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career

Year 4
Choose Your Courses Wisely
Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
Apply Theory to Practice
  • Attend the Summer & Full-time Job Fair in January to meet with potential employers looking to hire students for summer and full-time positions relevant to your field.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
  • Participate in the AA&CC’s Partners in Leadership program to learn and network with an alumni mentor about transitioning into the work field or further education.

Plan for Your Future Career
  • Attend the AA&CC’s Get Hired job search conference in April/May.
  • Attend a Jobs for Grads orientation for a job search “crash course” and for access to full-time job listings.
  • Discuss grad school plans early with staff at the AA&CC and your professors; get your Personal Statement reviewed in the AA&CC.

Glossary

  • AACC - Academic Advising and Career Centre (www.utsc.utoronto.ca/aacc)
  • CCR - Co-Curricular Record (https://clnx.utoronto.ca/ccr/overview.htm)
  • CLNx - Career Co-Curricular Learning Network (https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home.htm)
  • CTL - Centre for Teaching and Learning (https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/ctl)
  • DSL - Department of Student Life (https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/studentlife)
  • EPSA - Environmental and Physical Sciences Students Association (https://www.myepsa.ca)
  • ISC - International Student Centre (https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/utscinternational)
  • iSPEAC - invited Speakers in Physics Environmental science And Chemistry (https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/physsci/ispeac)
  • SCSU - Scarborough Campus Students Union (https://www.scsu.ca)


Contacts


Departmental Contact

Prof. Julian Lowman

E-mail: julian.lowman@utoronto.ca

https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/physsci/physics-and-astrophysics


Physics Librarian

Sarah Guay

E-mail: sarah.guay@utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-287-7497


Academic Advising & Career Centre

Phone: 416-287-7561

https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/aacc/


Department of Student Life

Location: SL157
Phone: 416-208-4760

https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/studentlife/


Environmental & Physical Sciences Students’ Association (EPSA)

https://www.myepsa.ca/

Did You Know?

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We recently renovated our upper year physics laboratory course with new rooms and experiments.