X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Physics (Co-op) (PHYS:C)

Department of Physics, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Since some of the required courses are not offered every semester, students entering the Major in Physics (Co-op) should plan their program in consultation with the Department of Physics Faculty Advisor. To graduate from the Co-op program, successfully completed work terms are required. Students are eligible to participate in a maximum two (2) work terms commencing in the summer and must follow the academic work schedule as outlined in the Co-operative Education & Career Services website: https://www.recruitguelph.ca/cecs/.

Major (Honours Program)

This major requires the completion of 20.00 credits.

Semester 1 - Fall
CHEM*1040 [0.50] General Chemistry I
IPS*1500 [1.00] Integrated Mathematics and Physics I
MATH*1160 [0.50] Linear Algebra I
One of:
BIOL*1070 [0.50] Discovering Biodiversity
BIOL*1080 [0.50] Biological Concepts of Health
BIOL*1090 [0.50] Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
Students who are lacking one 4U /grade 12 course in Biology, Chemistry or Physics must take the equivalent introductory course in first semester. The required first-year science courses in that subject should be completed according to the revised schedule of studies available at: https://www.uoguelph.ca/bsc/revised_SS
Semester 2 - Winter
CHEM*1050 [0.50] General Chemistry II
CIS*1500 [0.50] Introduction to Programming
IPS*1510 [1.00] Integrated Mathematics and Physics II
One of:
BIOL*1070 [0.50] Discovering Biodiversity
BIOL*1080 [0.50] Biological Concepts of Health
BIOL*1090 [0.50] Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
Semester 3 - Fall
COOP*1100 [0.00] Introduction to Co-operative Education
MATH*2200 [0.50] Advanced Calculus I
MATH*2270 [0.50] Applied Differential Equations
PHYS*2240 [0.50] Thermal Physics
PHYS*2330 [0.50] Electricity and Magnetism I
0.50 Arts or Social Science electives*
Semester 4 - Winter
PHYS*2180 [0.50] Experimental Techniques in Physics
PHYS*2310 [0.50] Mechanics
PHYS*2340 [0.50] Electricity and Magnetism II
One of:
CIS*2500 [0.50] Intermediate Programming
0.50 electives
0.50 electives
Summer Semester
COOP*1000 [0.00] Co-op Work Term I ++
Semester 5 - Fall
IPS*3000 [0.50] Science Communication
PHYS*3130 [0.50] Mathematical Physics
PHYS*3230 [0.50] Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS*3400 [0.50] Advanced Mechanics
0.50 electives
Winter Semester
COOP*2000 [0.00] Co-op Work Term II ++
(8-month work term in conjunction with COOP*3000)
Summer Semester
COOP*3000 [0.00] Co-op Work Term III ++
(8-month work term in conjunction with COOP*2000)
Semester 6 - Fall +
PHYS*4180 [0.50] Advanced Electromagnetic Theory
One of:
CIS*2520 [0.50] Data Structures
0.50 electives**
One of:
PHYS*4240 [0.50] Statistical Physics II
0.50 electives**
1.00 electives **
Semester 7 - Winter +
NANO*3600 [0.50] Computational Methods in Materials Science
PHYS*3000 [0.50] Optics: Fundamentals and Applications
PHYS*3510 [0.50] Intermediate Laboratory
PHYS*4040 [0.50] Quantum Mechanics II
One of:
MATH*3260 [0.50] Complex Analysis
0.50 electives**
Summer Semester
COOP*4000 [0.00] Co-op Work Term IV ++
Fall Semester
COOP*5000 [0.00] Co-op Work Term V ++
Semester 8 - Winter +
PHYS*4500 [0.50] Advanced Physics Laboratory
One of:
PHYS*4130 [0.50] Subatomic Physics
0.50 electives**
One of:
PHYS*4150 [0.50] Solid State Physics
0.50 electives**
1.00 electives**

* 1.00 credits must be taken as Arts or Social Science electives in this Major

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

**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.

++Four work terms are required for the completion of the co-op degree. It is also necessary that there be at least one work term in each of Fall, Winter and Summer semesters. Therefore, one of the summer work terms could be missed and the student would still graduate successfully. Whether the student completes four or five work terms, a report is required for each work term completed. Contact the co-op faculty advisor for further details.

List A
PHYS*4130 [0.50] Subatomic Physics
PHYS*4150 [0.50] Solid State Physics
PHYS*4240 [0.50] Statistical Physics II
List B
EDRD*3120 [0.50] Educational Communication
ENVS*3060 [0.50] Groundwater
GEOG*3420 [0.50] Remote Sensing of the Environment
MATH*3200 [0.50] Real Analysis
PHYS*3170 [0.50] Radioactivity and Radiation Interactions
PHYS*4070 [0.50] Clinical Applications of Physics in Medicine
PHYS*4540 [0.50] Molecular Biophysics
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 Politics and Governance
STAT*3240 [0.50] Applied Regression Analysis
STAT*3510 [0.50] Environmental Risk Assessment
Credit Summary (20.00 Total Credits)

5.00 - First year science credits

8.50 - Required science courses semesters 3 – 8

1.50 - Restricted electives (1.00 credits from List A and 0.50 credits from List B, some restricted electives from List B do not count as science electives towards degree therefore may need additional science electives)

1.00 or 1.50 - Approved Science electives (depending on restricted electives chosen)

1.00 - Arts and/or Social Science electives

2.50 - 3.00 - Free electives - any approved elective for B.Sc. students. , could be less if restricted electives do not count as science

Of the total credits required, students are required to complete 16.00 credits in science of which 2.00 credits must be at the 4000 level and an additional 4.00 credits must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

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