Fire restoration work is expected to continue into late August. The main stairwell and office wing on both second and third floors of the Physics building will be closed until necessary repairs to the main stairwell are completed.
Administrative offices have been relocated to PHY 345.

Please contact individual faculty members to request appointments, as many faculty have been relocated during this process.
Please do not cross any caution tapes whilst in the building.

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About Physics and Astronomy

outside view of the Physics building in early fall

Our Physics program is one of the largest and most comprehensive in Canada, offering courses in applied physics, astrophysics, biophysics, chemical physics, mathematical physics, or quantum computing, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Our research-intensive department focuses on five areas of research: astrophysics, biological physics, condensed matter physics, optics, and quantum computing, with faculty members specializing in theoretical, experimental and computational tools.

Just the facts

  • 45 research and teaching faculty
  • Over 200 new undergraduate students participating in 6 programs of study per year
  • Over 200 students enrolled in graduate programs
  • 8 awardees: Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Waterloo
  • 4 Canada Research Chairs, 4 University Research Chairs
  • 1 Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
  • Canadian Association of Physicists awardees: Herzberg Medal (2), Brockhouse Medal (2), Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics
  • Authors of numerous scientific papers, books, patents
  • Strongly affiliated with the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics