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Undergraduate Programs

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Our programs are structured to contain a common set of basic requirements plus a variety of options, to learn the specific course requirements, click on the links below to visit the current Undergraduate Calendar.

  • A. Chemical & Physical Sciences, B.Sc. (3 year program)

    The B.Sc. in Chemical and Physical Science has been designed for those students interested in a 3 year programme in either Chemistry or Physics. It is modelled on the Complementary Studies Options and the student is free to chose a combination of Chemistry and Physics courses. Timetable constraints will tend to force the selection to be heavily weighted in just one of these departments.

    Calendar Description and Program Admission Requirements

     

    B. Honours Astrophysics (B.Sc.) (4 year program)

    In addition to core physics, students study the physics of planets, stars, galaxies, and cosmology. Students learn about observations and image analysis.

    Calendar Description and Program Admission Requirements

     

    C. Honours Medical and Biological Physics (B.Sc.) (4 year program)

    Medical and Biological Physics is the study of biologically relevant problems using the techniques of physics. Students learn about membranes and soft materials, molecular biophyscis, and computation and laboratory methods. 

    Calendar Description and Program Admission Requirements

     

    D. Honours Medical and Biological Physics (B.Sc.) Co-op (B.Sc.) (5 year program)

    Co-op program: A five year program that includes two 8-month work terms starts in Year 3 with applications due in Year 2. Students spend work terms at industrial facilities, research institutions, experimental facilities, space agencies and in a wide variety of areas with 100% placement so far.

    Calendar Description and Program Admission Requirements

     

    E. Honours Physics (B.Sc.) (4 year program)

    A balance of theoretical and experimental (lab) courses that are a solid basis for any specialization. Early introduction to scientific computing. Sufficient electives to take a minor in anything (e.g. music, French, economics...)

    Calendar Description and Program Admission Requirements

     

    F. Honours Physics Co-op (B.Sc.) (5 year program)

    Co-op program: A five year program that includes two 8-month work terms starts in Year 3 with applications due in Year 2. Students spend work terms at industrial facilities, research institutions, experimental facilities, space agencies and in a wide variety of areas with 100% placement so far.

    Calendar Description and Program Admission Requirements

     
  • A. Honours Arts & Science & Physics, B.Arts Sc. (4 year program)

    Students in the Arts & Science program may choose to complete a Combined Honours degree in Arts & Science & Physics

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    B. Honours Integrated Science - Physics Concentration, B.Sc. (4 year program)

    Beginning at Level II, Honours Integrated Science students may complete a concentration in Physics

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    C. Honours Integrated Science - Medical and Biological Physics Concentration, B.Sc. (4 year program)

    Beginning at Level II, Honours Integrated Science students may complete a concentration in Medical and Biological Physics

    Calendar Description and Program Admission Requirements
     

    D. Combined Honours Math & Physics, B.Sc. (4 year program)

    A larger focus on theoretical and math based courses with less emphasis on experimental techniques. Lots of math, lots of physics!

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Please email physics@mcmaster.ca for more information regarding our courses and programs. Questions for the undergraduate chair can be sent to ugchair@physics.mcmaster.ca. The Level I advisor can be contacted through level1advisor@physics.mcmaster.ca and the Level II-IV advisor can be contacted through fradin@physics.mcmaster.ca

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

Department of Physics & Astronomy,
McMaster University

ABB-241
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4M1

Contact Information

Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.24559
Fax:
(905) 546-1252
Email Inquiries:
physics@mcmaster.ca

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

Department of Physics & Astronomy,
McMaster University

ABB-241
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4M1

Contact Information

Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.24558
Fax:
(905) 546-1252
Email Inquiries:
physics@mcmaster.ca