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Students, when they first encounter the subject known as physics, might experience thoughts similar to Alice’s (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) as she pondered the meaning of the poem Jabberwocky. Alice commented, “It seems very pretty but, it’s rather hard to understand. Somehow it fills my head with ideas — only I don’t exactly know what they are!”

Although the concepts studied in physics may, at times, be a little troublesome, the pleasure it gives can more than compensate for its difficulty. Physics is considered to be a difficult subject because it uses a specific language — mathematics — that does not lend itself to the expression of nebulous or imprecise thoughts. It is this language that can ensure comprehension of the material being studied. Since one can demonstrate proficiency in this subject, students can expect high grades if they are diligent. The importance of physics in all of our lives cannot be overstressed. One thousand years from now, when one is asked to list the most important events of the 20th century, the discoveries of physics will top the list. To not include a little physics in your intellectual diet may leave you mentally undernourished.

UCFV offers a major and a minor in Physics, for students in the Bachelor of Science degree program. A Physics Honours program is also available to students in the Physics major.

Physics major

Physics minor

Physics Honours

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