Physics

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Why choose Physics?


Physicists ask questions such as: How is matter converted into energy? What forces keep planets in orbit? How do quarks decay?

Physics is the study of laws that govern the behaviour and interaction of energy and matter. Physicists seek to understand the ways that matter and energy interact through experiment, observation and mathematical models. Physical interactions are fundamental to many phenomena in Nature and form the basis of our understanding of the universe. 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 a strong foundation in applied mathematics, chemistry, physics, advanced physics and applied physics.

Career opportunities

​Physicists have global opportunities to work in areas such as aerodynamics, technological design, quantitative finance, medical physics, and more. A degree in Physics can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as architecture, law, engineering, and medicine.

Courses in this program

Classical Physics, Modern Physics, Calculus for Engineers and Scientists, General Chemistry: Structure and Bonding, Energy Flow in Biological Systems, Introduction to Computer Science


​The UCalgary campus is really quite beautiful on cold winter nights, and fun to skate around in the summer. The mathematics and physics and astronomy departments are conducting world-class research, with valuable international research opportunities. For me, I initially chose UCalgary because it was close to home, but with all the cool research being conducted on quantum information, geometry and space, the drum circles, and being right beside the Rockies too – I had to come here!

– ​Alex C., physics student


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Undergraduate Science Centre (USC)
Science B 149
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4

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