What is Mathematical Physics?
Discover the mathematical and theoretical underpinnings of the laws of nature, such as the foundations of quantum theory with its applications in nanotechnology, the structure of spacetime and cosmology, fluid mechanics, and atmospheric physics. Get hands-on in the lab and dig deep into mechanics, electricity and magnetism, computer programming, optics, and more.
Learn from world-class researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing, the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, or the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
- Available as a co-op or regular program
- There are 40 courses for this degree
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Mathematics, major in Mathematical Physics
- MATH 135/145 - Classical Algebra
- MATH 137/147 - Calculus 1
- CS 115/135/145 - Computer Science
- A communications course
- One non-math elective
- AMATH 231 - Calculus 4
- AMATH 271 - Introduction to Theoretical Mechanics
- PHYS 234 - Quantum Physics 1
- PHYS 342 - Electricity and Magnetism 2
- PHYS 358 - Thermal Physics
Sample co-op jobs
- Application Analysts, Northern Digital Inc.
- Research Assistant, Communications Research Centre
- Software Designer, Telesat Canada
- Analyst, Reactor and Radiation Physics, AMEC NSS
- Applications designer, Sun Life Financial Inc.
- Associate professor, University of Alberta
- CEO, XYZ Interactive Technologies
- Chief software modeller, RPM Technologies
Nick has some tips and tricks for incoming Mathies. To learn to the best of your ability, he believes that you must take every opportunity you can to learn the material and always be ready to work. Practicing through assignments, textbook questions, and tutorials are a great way for you to learn the material so that when exams come around you aren’t scrambling for information. Also, know that asking for help isn’t a bad thing!
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How to apply
Apply to Mathematics for admissions consideration. If admitted, speak with an academic advisor after first year to declare Mathematical Physics as a major.
Find out more information on the steps to apply.