Astrophysics

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

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What you will learn in this program

Astrophysics scholars ask questions such as: How can the properties of dark matter be determined? Do wormholes exist? How do galaxies form?

Astrophysics is the application of physics to the study of astronomical objects and phenomena. The goal of astrophysics is to understand and explain how astronomical objects and phenomena occur and work. During the course of your studies, much of your learning will occur while actively working on problems in class, during tutorials, and in the laboratory. This degree will provide you with practice conducting experiments and observations, computational and logic skills, and strong problem-solving abilities.

Career opportunities

​Astrophysicists have global opportunities to work in areas such as medical physics, geophysics, nuclear energy, and more. A degree in Astrophysics can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or architecture.

Courses you'll take:

Calculus for Engineers and Scientists, Electromagnetic Theory I, Introduction to Astrophysics, Linear Methods I, ​​Classical Physics

Admission requirements and information

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​I came to UCalgary all the way from Mexico City because of its prestigious astrophysics program. After five years, I was able to do two degrees and now I am doing my MSc in this place that has become my home. The teaching is superb and the people are very friendly. UCalgary has taught me top notch science, and has allowed me to flourish in leadership and volunteering.

​Luis W. C., BSc'15

Did you know? You can earn two degrees in five years. Learn more about combined degree program options.

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​Our faculty owns and operates a large observatory that puts research grade telescopes and detectors into the hands of budding scientists. The Rothney Astrophysical Observatory is the largest of its kind in Canada, and incorporating it into teaching makes our undergraduate astrophysics program the top in the country. Last semester, students measured the physical size of an asteroid and planetary nebula, measured the distance to a quasar, and figured out the elements in the atmosphere of a star.

​Phil L., PhD — Senior Instructor & Director, Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

Join our community in fall 2018

We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2018 starting on Sunday, October 1, 2017. You'll be able to submit an application until Thursday, March 1, 2018. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.

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​I founded a student club, SOAR, which focuses on student-built scientific experiments that encourage students to perform their own aerospace research. We’ve been provided lab space, advice and various tools and equipment to help us complete our projects. The support we received from UCalgary allowed us to successfully complete a project involving NASA on a high-altitude balloon, and start another project with the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association.

​Candice Q., astrophysics student

Faculty Information

Faculty of Science
Biological Sciences, Room 570
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
403.220.5516