At the undergraduate level there are a variety of study paths within the Department of Physics & Astronomy. These paths are distinguished on the basis of course requirements. The paths both in the Bachelor and Specialized Honours program are:
The most flexible path for students wishing to become grounded in fundamental physics and its applications.
Applied Physics Stream
A more programmed path of physics emphasizing applications.
A path of study, which provides grounding in astronomy and astrophysics on top of training in fundamental physics and its applications.
Space Science Stream
A path of study beginning in 3rd year which emphasizes training in fields relevant to the exploration of space beyond the immediate environment of the Earth.
At the graduate level students may obtain an M.Sc. (by course-work, project, or thesis) and a Ph.D. in the following areas of specialization:
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics
Chemical &Condensed Matter Physics
Earth, Atmospheric & Space Physics
High Energy & Particle Physics
In the Department undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to assist faculty members to:
- Perform state-of-the-art simulations using cluster computing are super-computing facilities like SHARCNET or WESTGRID.
- Travel to CERN and look for the Higg’s boson in the ATLAS collaboration or create and study stable anti-matter namely anti-hydrogen.
- Travel to Japan and study neutrinos in the T2K collaboration.
- Study atomic systems with laser systems in one of our four in-house laser laboratories.
- Travel to Hawaii or Chile to make use of some of the world’s major telescopes
- Analyze data from orbiting satellites to verify predictions from Einstein’s theory of Relativity