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.
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
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
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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 Langill, PhD — Senior Instructor & Director, Rothney Astrophysical Observatory
Join our community in fall 2019
We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2019 starting on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. You'll be able to submit an application until Friday, March 1, 2019. 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.
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.