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University of Calgary
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Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada
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Tel: (403) 220-5385

Undergraduate Program Coordinator

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Tel: (403) 220-8127

Physics

The suggested course sequence for the major, honours, and minor programs in physics are shown in the table below. Of course, there is a lot of flexibility in this sequence. Also, not all students start their undergraduate studies in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, but the first year is similar for all students enrolled in a science program.

Some of the notable features of this program are the large number of math, computer, and experimental courses, in addition to the core physics courses. The idea is to give you as many skills as possible that you might need in the job market once you graduate.

Students thinking of entering into physics are strongly recommended to have taken Math30, Math 31 and Physics 30 in high school to avoid possible exclusion from certain courses.

Physics Curriculum (suggested):

   (a) Major Program

FIRST YEAR
Fall Winter
PHYS 227 (Classical Physics) PHYS 255 (E&M I)
MATH 211 (Linear Algebra) 
OR MATH 213 (Honours Linear Algebra)
CPSC 217 (Intro to Computer Science)
MATH 275 (Calculus for Engineers and Scientists) MATH 277 (Multivariable Calculus for Engineers and Scientists)
CHEM 201 (General Chemistry I) CHEM 203 (General Chemistry II)
OR BIOL 241 (Energy Flow in Biological Systems)
OR BIOL 243 (DNA, Inheritance and Evolution)
OR ASPH 213 (Intro to Astrophysics)
Non-science option Non-science option
SECOND YEAR
PHYS 341 (Classical Mechanics I) PHYS 343 (Classical Mechanics II)
PHYS 397 (Applied Laboratory I) PHYS 381 (Computational Physics I)
MATH 311 (Linear Methods II) PHYS 325 (Modern Physics)
MATH 375 (Differential Equations for Engineers and Scientists) MATH 377 (Vector Calculus for Engineers and Scientists)
PHYS 375  (Intro to Optics and Waves) Non-science option
THIRD YEAR
PHYS 449 (Statistical Mechanics I) PHYS 443 (Quantum Mechanics I)
PHYS 455 (E&M II) PHYS 457 (E&M III)
AMAT 433 (Mathematical Methods in Physics) PHYS 497 (Applied Laboratory II)
Option Option
Non-science option Non-science option
FOURTH YEAR
PHYS 599 (Research in Physics)
OR PHYS 598 (Research in Physics I)
PHYS 501 (Special Relativity)
400- or 500-level Physics option Non-science option
Science option Science option
Option Option
Non-science option Non-science option

   (b) Honours Program

FIRST and SECOND YEARS

Same as for the Physics Major Program

THIRD YEAR
PHYS 449 (Statistical Mechanics I) PHYS 451 (Statistical Mechanics II)      
PHYS 455 (E&M II) PHYS 457 (E&M III)
PHYS 481 (Computational Physics II) PHYS 497 (Applied Laboratory II)
AMAT 433 (Mathematical Methods in Physics)         PHYS 443 (Quantum Mechanics I)
Non-science option Non-science option
FOURTH YEAR
PHYS 543 (Quantum Mechanics II) PHYS 501 (Special Relativity)
PHYS 597 (Applied Laboratory III) PHYS 598 (Research in Physics II)
PHYS 598 (Research in Physics I) Non-science option
Science option Science option
Non-science option Non-science option

   (c) Minor in Physics

PHYS 211 or 221 or 227
PHYS 223 or 255
4.0 FCE at the 300-level or higher in the field of Physics
Mathematics prerequisites as needed

Note: Many of the physics courses also have short laboratories associated with them.

For full details, see the Course Calendar.