Physics

at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

Become a versatile scientist who seeks to understand how matter and energy work. You'll learn how to use observation and analysis to discover and explain the physical laws and forces of nature, such as gravity, electromagnetism, and nuclear interactions.

This program is also offered at UBC's Vancouver Campus
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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours Yes
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Physics is the study of matter, energy, and the interactions between the two. Using observation and analysis, physicists attempt to discover and explain the physical laws and forces of nature, such as gravity, electromagnetism, and nuclear interactions. Physicists also find ways to apply laws and theories to problems in nuclear energy, electronics, optics, materials, communications, aerospace technology, navigation equipment, and medical instrumentation.

The Physics program provides grounding in both theoretical foundations and laboratory practice, preparing you for a career in high-tech industry, computer software development, secondary education, or post-graduate studies.

Undergraduate research

In your senior-level coursework, you have the option of taking directed studies, where you will undertake a supervised investigation of an assigned topic. You can also take an advanced lab course, where you will complete a major experimental research project that results in a formal report and class presentation of your results. The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences holds an annual undergraduate research conference on UBC’s Okanagan campus to showcase student research projects.

Campus features

UBC’s Okanagan campus is home to a number of world-class research facilities, including the Centre for Optimization, Convex Analysis and Non-Smooth Analysis (COCANA).

 

The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences holds an annual undergraduate research conference on UBC’s Okanagan campus to showcase student research projects.

You can also connect with peers through the Quantitative Sciences Course Union and the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) mentoring program.

Life at UBC's Okanagan campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Mathematical Sciences program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.

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Your future

As a graduate of Physics, you’ll be prepared for further study in the field, or to enter into a career in such areas as aeronautics, defence, aerospace, communication or tech, and science centres/museums.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with competitive scores, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3 in IB English A [SL or HL], or you are taking English B [SL or HL], you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)

Degree-specific requirements: Science

  • IB Mathematics minimum grade of 3, excluding IB Math Studies*
  • IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics
  • Grade 11/junior-level Chemistry
  • Grade 11/junior-level Physics is strongly recommended

* If your intended start year is 2021: IB Math Analysis and Approaches SL, IB Math Analysis and Approaches HL, or IB Math Applications and Interpretations HL. IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL will not satisfy the requirement.

 

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Sciences
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