Physics Major


Why Physics?

Study the basic building blocks of matter and how the four fundamental forces of nature explain the universe. You will use computer technology and practical applications beginning in first year. From subatomic interaction to the galactic events in space, Physics at the University of Guelph helps make sense of it all.

Students in the PHYS program may also be interested in studying Physical Science, or other majors.

To see all courses offered in this degree, visit our 2023-2024 Academic Calendar.

Gain Valuable Experience Through Co-op

The co-op program in Physics is a five-year program, including five work terms. This co-op prepares you for work terms by helping you develop professional attitudes and skills expected in the workplace as well as helping to build a toolkit of resume and cover letter writing as well as interview skills.

To see all courses offered in the co-op program, visit our 2023-2024 Academic Calendar.

The Forces That Shape the Universe

 Expand Your Career Possibilities

Our curriculum will provide you with skills needed to work in fields such as medical physics, astronomy, nanotechnology, sound engineering, academia, and others.

 Gain Specialized Physics Lab Experience

With an emphasis on hands-on lab work, the physics major covers the fundamentals of mechanics, electromagnetism, and quantum physics, grounding students in foundational physics while preparing you for more specialized study in upper years.

 Learn From Physics Experts

The major builds upon nationally recognized expertise in teaching and research, with many of our Physics faculty members having received both national and international awards and collaborated with off-campus research institutions including; CSA/NASA, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, and the Canadian Light Source.

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My specific major is a unique specialization that allows me to bridge my areas of interest of Biology, Math, and Physics. I chose this program because it gives me a chance to explore many different fields of science and research with an emphasis on physics and its foundations. There are many research opportunities available for physics students here at the University of Guelph as well as externally, to provide hands on experience in things like lab settings, outreach and science communication, computing, or data analysis. The physics department as a whole has an amazing community and talented professors/ researchers that make me happy to be a part of it.

Michaela Hishon

Grant Doherty
Throughout the university search process, I felt most welcomed by the University of Guelph. In any kind of encounter, whether it was at open houses, tours, pamphlets or presentations, I always liked how U of G reps were really enthusiastic and I loved the sense of hospitality that they provided. They made me feel at home so I knew the transition between high school and first year would be easy. My favourite thing about the University of Guelph is the sense of community. In a traditional school year, there are lots of events and gatherings that bring the students together to celebrate events and socialize. Attending sporting events, getting lunch, studying and doing just about anything with university friends makes the experience most special.

Grant Doherty
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