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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.




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

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

Emerging Soft Matter Excellence (ESME) awarded to Carmen Lee

Monday, 13 March 2023

Carmen Lee (PhD 2022) was selected as a finalist to take part in a symposium at the APS March Meeting for the Division of Soft... Read more

NEUDOSE General Lecture video

Tuesday, 21 February 2023

Here is the video to the NEUDOSE general lecture held last February 15th 2023. Read more

NEUDOSE General Lecture

Tuesday, 7 February 2023

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Annual Canadian Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CCUWiP)

Tuesday, 24 January 2023

This past weekend was the annual Canadian Conference for Undergraduate Women* in Physics (CCUWiP) held at the University of Regina. CCUWiP is a professional conference... Read more

NSERC USRA Application Information Summer 2023

Thursday, 5 January 2023

Applications are now open for the Summer 2023 NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRAs). These prestigious awards give exceptional undergraduates the opportunity to work a... Read more

See the NEUDOSE satellite before it heads to space!

Thursday, 24 November 2022

See the NEUDOSE satellite before it heads to space! When: Monday Nov 28th, 1:30 - 3:30 pm  Where: Burke Science Building, Room 309 (BSB-309)  How: Since the satellite is in a... Read more

Outstanding CUPC Presentations

Friday, 18 November 2022

Many of our undergraduate students recently presented their research at the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference at the University of Guelph. A special congratulations to Taren Ginter... Read more

Life After Mac: Real stories of alumni finding their way — Ben

Monday, 26 September 2022

Real stories of alumni finding their way: "I enrolled in the Integrated Science program at McMaster, but soon realized that physics was my academic calling... Read more

Dr. Fiona McNeill and her research group are TikTok famous!

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Dr. Fiona McNeill and her research group have been researching the lead content in 18th century white lead makeup and have been creating TikToks as... Read more

First in-person 'Meet the Profs' in 3 years!

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

We were thrilled to host our first in-person 'Meet the Profs' event in-person since 2019. It was fantastic to meet, mingle and share some yummy... Read more

Physics and Astronomy Tenure-Track Faculty Position Job Opening

Friday, 16 September 2022

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Quantum Matter Theory The Department of Physics & Astronomy at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track... Read more

Undergrad student completes co-op term in Germany

Friday, 9 September 2022

This summer, Julia Azzi (Honours Medical & Biological Physics co-op) completed an internship at Hochschule Hof in Hof, Germany through the DAAD (German Academic Exchange... Read more

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