Physics

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Physicists study the material world and the energy that drives it, from the smallest particles like neutrinos and Higgs bosons to the very largest structures in the universe, and ultimately the universe itself. There are many options with this degree, which include a career in medical physics, education, high technology, business, or science journalism.

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Program Information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • 4 yrs Length
  • Yes Co-op Option
  • Yes Honours Option

This program is intended for those wanting to learn physics as part of a general education or combine physics with other disciplines. The program, when combined with proper electives, is suitable as pre-training for a professional degree in Architecture, Commerce, Education, Law, or Medicine. The large number of electives will enable you to obtain significant background in another field, such as computer science, applied mathematics, physical geography, oceanography, geophysics, or geology. You may wish to select a Double Major, which can be obtained by satisfying the degree requirements in two subjects. Career options in physics include medical physics, education, high technology, business, or science journalism.

Campus features

UBC is home to Canada’s National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics, at the TRIUMF facility, a world-renowned accelerator for the study of sub-atomic science.
UBC alumnus Bertram Brockhouse won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in neutron spectroscopy.
The Department of Physics & Astronomy was the among the first in Canada to introduce the Personal Response System, an interactive learning tool.

Program Requirements

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