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Physics

Study the natural world at its most fundamental level. Learn about physics, the science upon which all other sciences and technologies are based.

Our degree opens the door to future study and career opportunities in such fields as education, scientific research, industry, medical technology, and environmental studies.

Degree
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Campus
Prince George
Credits
120 credits,  4 Years,
Part-time available
Experiential Learning
Co-op,  Faculty Supervised Research,  Study Abroad,  Undergraduate Research Experience
Honours Option
Yes
Intakes
Jan,  May,  Sep

Program Details

In the first two years, you will take courses in:

  • mechanics, waves, thermal physics, electricity and magnetism
  • modern physics including relativity and quantum theory and their applications
  • mathematics and computer programming

Build on that foundation in your third and fourth years with courses in:

  • quantum mechanics
  • electromagnetic theory and radiation
  • electronics 
  • optics
  • statistical mechanics
  • nuclear and particle physics 
  • condensed matter physics 
  • special-topics courses 
  • research-oriented, project-type courses

You can also complete a joint degree in Physics combined with one other discipline such as Mathematics, Chemistry, or Computer Science.

The Bachelor of Science Honours program in Physics involves supervised research experience for proceeding to postgraduate studies in physics or related fields.

Program Website Academic Calendar

Career Paths

  • University researcher
  • Medical physicist or technologist
  • Research scientist
  • High school science teacher
This degree provides a strong foundation for further studies in disciplines in applied physics, engineering, aerospace, environmental studies, medical physics, and medical technology, or for pursuing your master's or PhD.

Why at UNBC

  • Discover the fundamentals of physics
  • Engage in an innovative mix of theory and experiential learning
  • Participate in world-class scientific research
  • Acquire skills that prepare you for the workplace or further advanced studies
  • Choose from special topics in course content based on student and instructor interests

Credit Courses

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Admission Requirements

Domestic Admission Requirements

View the full list of Approved Academic Grade 12 Courses

More high school admission requirements (including out-of-province, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement)

Transfer Requirements

  • Have attempted at least 15 credit hours of post-secondary transferrable coursework from a recognized institution
  • Be in good academic standing at the transfer institution
  • Have a 2.0 GPA from the most recent 30 credits prior to transfer
  • For the purposes of verifying any outstanding first-year prerequisites, high school transcripts may be requested

Detailed transfer requirements

High School Requirements (applicable for BC and Yukon)

Overall average of 65% minimum in the following:

  • English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
  • Pre-Calculus 12 (minimum 67%)
  • Physics 12
  • Approved Academic Grade 12 Course
  • Additional Grade 12 Course (Elective or Academic)

International Admission Requirements

International Student Requirements

Transfer Requirements

  • Have attempted at least 15 credit hours of post-secondary transferrable coursework from a recognized institution
  • Be in good academic standing at the transfer institution
  • Have a 2.0 GPA from the most recent 30 credits prior to transfer
  • For the purposes of verifying any outstanding first-year prerequisites, high school transcripts may be requested

Detailed transfer requirements

Tuition and Fees

Approximate Costs per Academic Year

(30 credit hours, 10 courses)

  Domestic International
Tuition* $5,530 $22,020
Student Fees* $990 $1,680
Books* $1,600 $1,600

* Tuition, fees and books are subject to change and vary among programs.

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

View the hundreds of available scholarships, bursaries, and awards.

  • 1 in 4 students receive a UNBC financial award.
  • $3,500,000 in financial awards given each year.
Awards and Financial Aid

We Are Here to Help

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Email: futurestudents@unbc.ca
Phone: 250-960-6306

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