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Department of Physics and Astronomy

Mail Office
Science B 605
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada
Tel: (403) 220-5385
Fax: 403) 289-3331

Undergrad Info:
Science B 605
(403) 220-8127

Message from the Head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Bob Thompson

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is one of the oldest departments at the University of Calgary, and since its establishment it has excelled in both research and teaching.

The department offers Undergraduate Programs in both physics and astrophysics, and Graduate Programs leading to MSc (thesis and course-based) and PhD degrees in a number of specializations. The department even has the distinction of graduating the first MSc student in the history of the University of Calgary.

The department is involved in a number of Research Areas that are supported by many provincial and national grants and fellowships making the department's per capita funding level the highest within the University of Calgary Faculty of Science. This allows the research groups in the department to have access to world-class experimental and computational facilities both here and at collaborating institutions, as well as state-of-the-art data sets.

The department is also involved in a number of Community Outreach Programs and activities geared towards raising scientific awareness in the public and encouraging kids to consider pursuing a career in science.


Robert Ian Thompson, PhD
Professor and Department Head
Department of Physics and Astronomy