Courses for your Life Physics degree

First-year courses and beyond

Programs/majors in the Faculty of Science start right in first year. To select your program with confidence, here’s some handy info to get you started.

September to December

January to April


If you're considering the Biophysics specialization, you should select MATH 114 as a first-term elective. If you're considering the Medical Physics specialization, select PHYS 124 as your elective in winter.

After first year

Types of courses you'll take

28% physics, 8% biology, 11% chemistry, 6% math, 11% program electives, 33% free electives, 3% communications

This is a general guideline. The ratio of courses may change slightly from year to year.

Skills you'll develop with this major

  • Quantitative and analytical thinking in biology and health-related professions
  • Statistical and analytical problem solving in life sciences
  • Modeling clinical procedures with scientific methods
  • Integrated laboratory methodologies in biology, chemistry, and physics
  • Technical skills to implement experiments in life and medical physics

This isn't an exhaustive list – rather a glimpse into the skills a Life Physics major can provide.

Your experience will be unique, and the skills you develop will depend on your goals; which courses you take; and your involvement with any clubs, jobs, or research projects.


Advisors are here to help

With so much flexibility, you might have a lot of questions. We're here to help! If you're applying for admission, contact our Faculty of Science recruitment co-ordinator.

Once you're a Waterloo student, you'll have access to academic advisors who can help you

  • choose your courses,
  • select minors and specializations,
  • ensure that you're meeting the requirements for your degree, and more.

Next steps