2006-2007 University of Guelph Undergraduate Calendar

X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Physics (PHYS)

Department of Physics, College of Physical and Engineering Science

Students may enter this major in Semester 1 or any semester thereafter. A student wishing to declare the major must consult the Faculty Advisor. Since some of the required courses are not offered every semester, students entering the Major in Honours Physics should plan their program in consultation with the Department of Physics Faculty Advisor.

Major (Honours Program)

This major requires the completion of 21.25 credits. At least 1.00 of these credits must be obtained from the completion of Arts and/or Social Science courses.

Semester 1*
BIOL*1030 [0.50] Biology I
CHEM*1040 [0.50] General Chemistry I
CIS*1500 [0.50] Introduction to Programming
MATH*1200 [0.50] Calculus I
PHYS*1000 [0.50] An Introduction to Mechanics
Students who are admitted deficient in one OAC/4U course in Biology, Chemistry or Physics must take the equivalent introductory course in first semester. The first-year science core in that subject should be completed by Semester 3.
Semester 2*
BIOL*1040 [0.50] Biology II
CHEM*1050 [0.50] General Chemistry II
MATH*1210 [0.50] Calculus II
PHYS*1010 [0.50] Introductory Electricity and Magnetism
0.50 Arts or Social Science electives
* students who have taken physics courses other than PHYS*1000 in Semester 1 and PHYS*1010 in Semester 2, may proceed to semester 3 with the permission of the Department of Physics
Semester 3
MATH*2160 [0.50] Linear Algebra I
MATH*2200 [0.50] Advanced Calculus I
PHYS*2440 [0.75] Mechanics I
PHYS*2460 [0.75] Electricity and Magnetism I
One of:
STAT*2040 [0.50] Statistics I
0.50 Arts electives
0.50 Social Science electives
Semester 4
MATH*2170 [0.50] Differential Equations I
PHYS*2260 [0.50] Experimental Basis of Quantum Physics
PHYS*2450 [0.75] Mechanics II
PHYS*2470 [0.75] Electricity and Magnetism II
One of:
STAT*2040 [0.50] Statistics I
STAT*2120 [0.50] Probability and Statistics for Engineers
0.50 electives
Semester 5
MATH*3100 [0.50] Differential Equations II
PHYS*3100 [0.75] Electronics
PHYS*3230 [0.50] Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS*3240 [0.50] Statistical Physics I
One of:
MATH*2000 [0.50] Set Theory
0.50 electives
Semester 6
PHYS*3220 [0.50] Waves and Optics
PHYS*3400 [0.50] Advanced Mechanics
PHYS*3510 [0.50] Intermediate Laboratory
PHYS*4040 [0.50] Quantum Mechanics II
One of:
MATH*3170 [0.50] Partial Differential Equations and Special Functions
MATH*3260 [0.50] Complex Analysis
0.50 electives
Semester 7+
PHYS*4180 [0.50] Advanced Electromagnetic Theory
PHYS*4500 [0.50] Advanced Physics Laboratory
One of:
PHYS*4240 [0.50] Statistical Physics II
0.50 electives
1.00 electives **
Semester 8+
PHYS*4510 [0.50] Advanced Physics Project
2.00 electives **

+ students going on to graduate school in physics should take PHYS*4120, PHYS*4130, PHYS*4150, PHYS*4240

** For the electives chosen in Sem 7 and 8, at least 1.50 credits must be from lists A and B below. At least 1.00 credits must be from list A. Substitutions of courses in list B by other 3000 or 4000 level courses must be approved by the Physics Faculty Advisor.

List A
PHYS*4120 [0.50] Atomic and Molecular Physics
PHYS*4130 [0.50] Subatomic Physics
PHYS*4150 [0.50] Solid State Physics
List B
GEOL*3060 [0.50] Groundwater
PHYS*4540 [0.50] Molecular Biophysics
PHYS*4560 [0.50] Biophysical Methods
PHYS*4910 [0.50] Advanced Topics in Physics I
PHYS*4920 [0.50] Advanced Topics in Physics II
PHYS*4930 [0.50] Advanced Topics in Physics III
POLS*3370 [0.50] Environmental Policy Formation and Administration
REXT*3100 [0.50] Teaching and Learning in Non-Formal Education
SOIL*3600 [0.50] Remote Sensing
STAT*3240 [0.50] Applied Regression Analysis
STAT*3510 [0.50] Environmental Risk Assessment

Minor (Honours Program)

A minor in Physics requires 5.00 credits in physics courses including at least 1.00 at the 3000 or 4000 level.

The following four courses, with a weight of 0.75 each, are required:

PHYS*2440 [0.75] Mechanics I
PHYS*2450 [0.75] Mechanics II
PHYS*2460 [0.75] Electricity and Magnetism I
PHYS*2470 [0.75] Electricity and Magnetism II
The following courses are strongly recommended:
PHYS*1000 [0.50] An Introduction to Mechanics
PHYS*1010 [0.50] Introductory Electricity and Magnetism