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Physical Science Major

Physical Science

Admission Requirements

Discover Science From the Nano to the Galactic Level

 Your Curriculum, Your Way, Your Needs 

Create your own curriculum, tailored to your career goals and interests, by focusing on chemistry, computing and information science, mathematics, physics or statistics.

 Broaden Your Science Experience

The flexibility of the Physical Science major allows you to broaden your studies, from astronomy and physics to chemistry, computer and information science, earth sciences, and mathematics and statistics.

 Specialize Through Minor Studies

Further expand your science skills and experience by choosing a minor in subjects like biotechnology, geographic information systems, psychology or business.

Why Physical Science?

Why choose just one area of focus? If you are interested in the sciences from an interdisciplinary perspective and want to combine your love of physics, statistics, earth sciences, computer and information science and more – this degree is for you. Through a combination of focus areas, you will be prepared for a myriad of options after graduation, from eclectic careers in science to research and teaching focuses.

Students in the Physical Science (PSCI) major at the University of Guelph might also be interested in studying Biological and Medical Physics, Chemical Physics, Physics, Theoretical Physics, or other majors.

What You Will Learn

Semester 1 (*Choose One)
  • General Chemistry I
  • Physics for Life Sciences or Physics with Applications
  • Elements of Calculus I or Calculus I
  • *Discovering Biodiversity
  • *Biological Concepts of Health
  • *Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
Semester 2 (*Choose One)
  • General Chemistry II
  • Introductory Electricity and Magnetism or Physics for Life Sciences
  • Calculus II or Elements of Calculus II
  • *Discovering Biodiversity
  • *Biological Concepts of Health
  • *Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology

Semester 3 & 4
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Programming
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Statistics I

Semester 5 - 8
  • electives


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