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Physics Honours

This section specifies the Physics Honours requirements only. Please refer to the Bachelor of Science section for information on additional requirements, as well as the requirements for a Physics major.

Lower-level requirements

The lower-level requirements for the Physics Honours are the same as the lower-level requirements for the Physics major, with the addition of the following courses:

Course Title Credits
MATH 152 Linear Algebra for Engineering 4
 or MATH 221 Linear Algebra (see Note) 3
MATH 255 Ordinary Differential Equations 3
COMP 152 Introduction to Structured Programming  
 or the combination of:  
COMP 150 Introduction to Programming  
 and COMP 155 Object-oriented Programming 4 or 8

Note: MATH 221 should be taken as opposed to MATH 152 if the student wishes to add a Mathematics major or minor.

Upper-level requirements

Course Title Credits
PHYS 402 Advanced Optics 3
PHYS 311 Statistical Physics 3
PHYS 312 (formerly PHYS 222) Intermediate Electromagnetism 3
PHYS 351 Quantum Mechanics 3
PHYS 381 Mathematical Physics 3
PHYS 412 (formerly PHYS 322) Advanced Electromagnetism 3
PHYS 451 Advanced Quantum Mechanics 3
Any two upper-level physics labs: PHYS 342, PHYS 372, PHYS 382, PHYS 383, ENPH 360 (formerly PHYS 392), or PHYS 485 6
At least one additional physics course with a pre-requisite numbered 300 or above 3
MATH 322 Complex Variables 3
At least one other math course labeled 300 or above (MATH 312 suggested) 3
Three other credits in computer science related courses: e.g., any COMP course, PHYS 393, PHYS 484, PHYS 485, PHYS 493, or MATH 316 3

Additional requirements

Students must take at least two courses from the following list:
• ASTR 103, ASTR 104, CHEM 113, CHEM 114, MATH 125, MATH 270/STAT 270, BIO 111, BIO 112, or any Business, Economics, or Arts course.

Note: More courses may be added as new courses are added to the calendar, but may not yet be included on this list. Check with the Department of Physics to see if there have been any additions.  

Students should note the pre-requisite requirements for these courses.
Students must complete a minimum of 21 upper-level Physics credits at UFV.

Students should note that by choosing the appropriate options within the Physics Honours, they will also meet all the requirements for a Mathematics minor.

Graduation requirements

• At least 132 credits total
• At least 54 upper-level credits
• At least 45 of the upper-level credits must be from physics or math
• At least 39 of the upper-level credits must be from physics

Academic performance

• The GPA calculated from all courses that the student uses towards the degree must be at least 3.33.
• In addition, the GPA in all Physics courses used towards the degree must be at least 3.33.

Students in the Physics major do not need to apply to the honours program, but they may graduate from the honours program once all requirements have been met.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.