University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext 32215
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There are many programs and specializations to explore. You can choose Co-operative or Regular; Honours Physics, Life Physics, Mathematical Physics, Materials and Nanosciences, or Chemical Physics; as well as the option to specialize in Applied Physics, Astrophysics, Biophysics or Medical Physics.
All of the major programs share a core of physics courses, and diversify based upon this strong foundation in science.
offers the widest range of courses and laboratory components, leading to an enormous breadth of knowledge. This rigorous program is one of the strongest and most innovative in the country.
Learn more about the Honours Physics program.
emphasises the study of astrophysical phenomena such as dark matter, singularities and the origin of the universe. This dual-pronged study approach will allow career paths in both physics and astronomy. Enjoy academic activities such as practical labs, informal seminars, co-op jobs, and research opportunities.
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is a course of study intended to develop strong skills focused on the theoretical/mathematical side of physics, making it an excellent choice for equal preparation for theoretical graduate studies and the job market.
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provides a solid foundation in basic physics, chemistry and biology while allowing a flexible, interdisciplinary and integrative approach to the study of the life sciences. While emphasizing physics, through appropriate selection of electives, this program prepares you for careers which require a broad scientific knowledge including programs in biophysics, medical physics, optometry, medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, forensics, and radiotherapy.
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is a program held jointly with the Department of Chemistry. The course progression is chosen to develop fundamental understanding of materials, biomaterials and nanomaterials, leading to careers in areas such as materials, semiconductors, energy storage and production.
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If Physics is not your major area of study, we also offer several minors and specializations.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Office of Indigenous Relations.