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Undergraduate Programs Explore Undergraduate Programs

Embark on one of the many exciting paths that Physics & Astronomy has to offer, with this comprehensive list of all our undergraduate programs.

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Explore the many research areas that our department has to offer from astrophysics to quantum optics and much more…

Graduate Programs Explore Graduate Programs

Explore our MSc and PhD programs and learn what supports and opportunities we offer our graduate students.

Physics Help Explore Physics Help

Need some extra help in your first-year physics courses? Our department offers numerous resources to help our students succeed.

Alison Sills
Professor & Chair

Message From The Chair

The Department of Physics & Astronomy is committed to McMaster’s tradition of strong, innovative undergraduate and graduate teaching programs that link to strong, innovative research programs. Our integration of teaching and learning creates a whole that is greater than the parts.

We are a medium-sized Department of 22 full-time, research-active faculty, more than 70 graduate students, and about 10 postdoctoral researchers, with an upper year cohort of more than 100 undergraduate students. Our Department also reaches thousands of McMaster undergraduate students through foundational and general interest courses in physics, astronomy, and general science education. Students are able to work closely with our researchers, letting them become active participants in research projects as early as their second year.

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