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    Undergraduate Studies

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    Graduate Studies

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  • William J. McCallion Planetarium

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    Research Opportunities

    Explore new and ground-breaking areas of investigation.

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

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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Chair's Message

Chair's Message

Chair's Message

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Physics Help

Physics Help

Physics Help

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

Latest News

Supporting the next generation of Indigenous research scholars

Thursday, 14 July 2022

Bonita Bohnet, our summer student worked with Dr. Robert Cockcroft on Indigenous Astronomy Projects. Here's the link to Daily News.  Read more

Graeme Luke awarded Faculty of Science Research Chair

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

July 12, 2022 Congrats to Professor Graeme Luke on being appointed the Faculty of Science Research Chair in Quantum Condensed Matter Physics. Research Chairs are appointed... Read more

David Venus Retirement Party

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

June 28, 2022 Professor and former department chair David Venus retired in July 2021, but we couldn’t celebrate until almost a year later because of COVID... Read more

Sara Etehadolhagh granted a posthumous degree

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

   June 16, 2022 At convocation this year, our student Sara Etehadolhagh, who was tragically killed in a car crash in 2021, was awarded her Honours BSc... Read more

Tina Stewart Retirement Party

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

April 22, 2022 After 2 decades with the Department of Physics & Astronomy, Tina Stewart retired from her position as an administrator assistant on June 1... Read more

Holy Cross School Grade 8 Thank you card

Monday, 27 June 2022

Holy Cross School kindergarten students wrote a thank you card to Dr. Robert Cockcroft about their Planetarium tour on June 22, 2022.    Read more

Our students did well at CAP (Canadian Association of Physicists) and made us proud!

Monday, 13 June 2022

There were almost 650 attendees and 250 students in the competition and many excellent contributions, so it was a stiff competition. Several of our undergraduate... Read more

Young Investigator Award

Monday, 13 June 2022

Sam Hancock, has been given a Young Investigator Award to attend the International Congress on Radioecology and Environmental Radioactivity in Oslo in September. This is... Read more

Elevate: A Day for Inclusion in Science organized by PIPA – Promoting Inclusivity in Physics & Astronomy

Thursday, 2 June 2022

Tuesday, May 31st was our annual outreach event Elevate: A Day for Inclusion in Science organized by PIPA – Promoting Inclusivity in Physics & Astronomy... Read more

Ph.D. student Jeremy Karam wins Best Student Talk

Friday, 20 May 2022

May 20, 2022 The 2022 winner of the Best Student Talk at the Canadian Astronomical Society annual general meeting, selected by CASCA's Graduate Student Committee, is... Read more

Executive award / prix pour service exceptionnel 2022

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Dr. Christine Wilson, recipient of the 2022 Executive Award In alternate years, the CASCA Board has the honour to bestow the Executive Award... Read more

Astronauts in Training!

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Lee Valley School JK Class visited the Planetarium on April 20th and have their own personalized space suits.          Read more

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