X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Physics (Co-op) (PHYS:C)

Department of Physics, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Program Requirements

The Co-op program in Physics is a five year program, including five work terms. Students must complete a Fall, Winter and Summer work term and must follow the academic work schedule as outlined below (also found on the Co-operative Education website: https://www.recruitguelph.ca/cecs/). Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to adjusting this schedule.

Physics Academic and Co-op Work Term Schedule
Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Academic Semester 1 Academic Semester 2 Off
2 Academic Semester 3


Academic Semester 4 COOP*1000 Work Term I
3 Academic Semester 5 COOP*2000 Work Term II COOP*3000 Work Term III
4 Academic Semester 6 Academic Semester 7 COOP*4000 Work Term IV
5 COOP*5000 Work Term V Academic Semester 8 N/A

To be eligible to continue in the Co-op program, students must meet a minimum 70% cumulative average requirement after second semester, as well as meet all work term requirements. Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to work term performance grading, work term report grading and program completion requirements.

For additional program information students should consult with their Co-op Co-ordinator and Co-op Faculty Advisor, listed on the Co-operative Education web site.

Credit Summary (22.00 Total Credits)*

5.00 - First year science credits

8.50 - Required science courses semesters 3 – 8

1.00 - Restricted electives

1.50 - Approved Science electives

1.00 - Liberal Education electives

3.00 - Free electives - any approved elective for B.Sc. students

2.00 - Co-op Work Terms

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

Note: A minimum of four Co-op work terms including a Summer, Fall, and Winter are necessary to complete the Co-op requirement. *A fifth Co-op work term is optional and if completed, the total number of credits will equal 22.50

The recommended program sequence is outlined below.

Major (Honours Program)

Semester 1 - Fall
CHEM*1040 [0.50] General Chemistry I
CIS*1300 [0.50] Programming
IPS*1500 [1.00] Integrated Mathematics and Physics 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
IPS*1510 [1.00] Integrated Mathematics and Physics II
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
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 Liberal Education 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 [0.50] 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 [0.50] Co-op Work Term II ++
(8-month work term in conjunction with COOP*3000)
Summer Semester
COOP*3000 [0.50] 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 [0.50] Co-op Work Term IV ++
Fall Semester
COOP*5000 [0.50] 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**

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

** At least 1.00 credits must be from the restricted electives listed below.

Restricted Electives
PHYS*4130 [0.50] Subatomic Physics
PHYS*4150 [0.50] Solid State Physics
PHYS*4240 [0.50] Statistical Physics II
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