University of Guelph 1997-98 Undergraduate Calendar

X--Degree Programs


Department of Physics, College of Physical & Engineering Science.

A grade of 70% in the physics and mathematics courses of semesters 1 and 2 are normally required for admission to semester 3 of this program.

Since some of the required courses are not offered every semester, students entering Honours Physics should plan their program in consultation with the Physics Department.

Specialized Honours

+Semester 1

One biological science course from 17-115, 65-100, 92-102.
19-104 General Chemistry I
27-120 Introduction to Computing *
63-120 Calculus I
76-100 An Introduction to Mechanics

+Semester 2

One biological science course from 17-115, 65-100, 92-102.
19-105 General Chemistry II
27-150 Introduction to Programming *
63-121 Calculus II
76-101 Fundamental Laws of Physics

Students who have a strong background in computing, including programming experience, should consult with the Physics Department to determine if they should take 27-120 and 27-150.

Students who have taken physics courses other than those listed for semesters 1 and 2, may proceed to semester 3 with the permission of the Physics Department.

+The MPC2 courses provide another route into Semester 3. MPC2 students should consult the Program Counsellor concerning course selection for Semesters 1 and 2.

Semester 3

63-216 Linear Algebra I
63-220 Advanced Calculus I
76-244 Mechanics I
76-246 Electricity and Magnetism I
One Arts or Social Science elective.

Semester 4

63-217 Differential Equations I
63-221 Advanced Calculus II
One elective.
76-226 Experimental Basis of Quantum Physics
76-245 Mechanics II
76-247 Electricity and Magnetism II

Semester 5

63-310 Differential Equations II
63-200 Set Theory
89-210 Introductory Probability and Statistics
One elective.
76-310 Electronics
76-323 Quantum Mechanics I
76-324 Statistical Physics I

Semester 6

63-326 Complex Analysis
One elective.
76-322 Waves and Optics
76-340 Advanced Mechanics
76-351 Intermediate Laboratory
One Arts or Social Science elective.

Semester 7

76-404 Quantum Mechanics II
76-418 Advanced Electromagnetic Theory
76-424 Statistical Physics II
One elective.
76-450 Advanced Physics Laboratory
One elective.

Semester 8

76-451 Advanced Physics Project
Three courses, 2 of which must be Physics (76-) courses, from the following list:
05-341 Systems and Control Theory
38-310 Teaching and Learning in Non-Formal Education
46-306 Groundwater
76-412 Atomic and Molecular Physics
76-413 Subatomic Physics
76-415 Solid State Physics
78-337 Environmental Policy Formation and Administration
87-360 Remote Sensing
89-324 Applied Regression Analysis
89-351 Environmental Risk Assessment
One elective.

NOTE: Students going on to graduate school in physics should take 76-412, 76-413, 76-415, 76-424.


NOTE: The recommended courses for semesters 1 to 8 and the total course requirements are the same as for the Honours Physical Science program.

A major in Physics will consist of 16 physics courses subject to the following recommendations and restrictions:

  1. At the 100-level - not more than 3 courses, normally taken in semester 1 and 2. 76-100 and 76-101 are strongly recommended.
  2. At the 200-level - not more than 6 courses to be taken. The courses 76-244, 76-245, 76-246 and 76-247 are required.
  3. At the 300 and 400 level -a sufficient number of courses to bring the total up to 16. At least 2 courses at the 400 level are required; 76-404 is recommended.


A minor in Physics requires 10 physics courses including at least 2 courses at the 300 or 400 level and not more than 3 at the 100-level. 76-244, 76-245, 76-246, 76-247 are required; and 76-100 and 76-101 are strongly recommended.

1998-99 Undergraduate Calendar
X--Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science - B.Sc.

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