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Tel: (403) 220-3618

Tracy Korsgaard

Graduate Program Coordinator
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Tel: (403) 220-3617

Degree Equivalency

The Department of Physics and Astronomy encourages all academically strong students from related fields and programs to consider graduate study in our MSc or PhD programs. Therefore, some applicants may not have an honours physics or astrophysics BSc degree. However, their undergraduate degrees must be nearly equivalent to an honours physics or astrophysics degree if they are to have a reasonable probability of completing their graduate degrees within the prescribed time periods. Therefore, the Graduate Affairs Committee examines in detail the course background of each applicant, in order to ensure it has sufficient core physics content. The required core physics content is outlined below.

Both the honours physics and honours astrophysics programs at the University of Calgary include in their requirements the following core theoretical physics courses1:

Classical Mechanics

Physics 227: Classical Physics

 

Physics 341: Classical Mechanics I

 

Physics 343: Classical Mechanics II

Electromagnetism

Physics 355: Electromagnetic Theory I

 

Physics 455: Electromagnetic Theory II 

 

Physics 457: Electromagnetic Theory III

Quantum Mechanics

Physics 325: Modern Physics II

 

Physics 443: Quantum Mechanics I 

 

Physics 543: Quantum Mechanics II 

Special Relativity

Physics 325: Modern Physics II

 

Physics 501: Special Relativity

Statistical Mechanics

Physics 449: Statistical Mechanics I

 

Physics 451: Statistical Mechanics II 

1University of Calgary course numbering system assigns 1st year courses to numbers in the 200's, 2nd year to 300's, 3rd year to 400's, 4th year to 500's, and graduate courses to 600's. In addition, all University of Calgary courses with odd course numbers are half-year (or one term) courses.

Short descriptions outlining the content of these courses can be found in the course calendar.

In order for a student to be considered for admission to our MSc program, their physics background preparation must be largely equivalent to that of a student who has successfully completed the above-listed courses.

In order for a student to be considered for admission to our PhD program, their physics background preparation must be equivalent to that of a student who has successfully completed the above-listed courses, plus at least two graduate-level courses in the above-listed core theoretical topics.