2004 - 2005 Calendar

FACULTY OF SCIENCE

PHYSICS AND PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY PROGRAMS AND REGULATIONS

The following undergraduate programs are available in the Department:

- Major in Physics
- Honours in Physics
- Major in Environmental Physics
- Honours in Environmental Physics
- Applied Mathematics/Physics Joint Honours
- Applied Mathematics/Physics Joint Major
- Physics/Biochemistry Joint Honours
- Physics/Chemistry Joint Honours
- Physics/Computer Science Joint Honours
- Physics/Computer Science Joint Major
- Physics/Earth Sciences Joint Honours
- Geophysics/Physical Oceanography Joint Honours
- Physics/Earth Sciences Joint Major
- Minor in Physics
- Table of Credit Restrictions

Details of these joint programs are given after the Honours B.Sc. Regulations. Other joint programs may be arranged in consultation with the departments concerned.

NOTES: 1) The attention of students intending to follow any one of the programs listed above is drawn to the University Regulations governing the appropriate degree. Additional Departmental requirements are given below.

2) Faculty advisors are available to provide advice to students who are registered in, or who are considering registering in, any of the programs. Students are urged to consult with these advisors at their earliest opportunity in order to ensure that they select appropriate courses and programs. Students with credits in Physics courses which are not listed in this calendar should consult with the Department.

3) The six course stream consisting of Physics 1050, 1051, 2053, 2055, 2750, and 2820 or alternatively the seven course stream of Physics 1020, 1050, 1051, 2053, 2055, 2750, and 2820 is intended to provide a cohesive overview of Physics for potential Physics majors.

4) Physics 1050 is open to and recommended for students who have completed Level II Physics, Level III Physics and Level III Advanced Mathematics. Mathematics 1000 must be taken at the same time as, or be completed prior to, taking Physics 1050.

5) Physics 1020 is intended for students who do not qualify for Physics 1050, and while it may be taken by students who have no background in Physics it is recommended that students wishing to take Physics 1020 should have completed at least one of Level II and Level III Physics. Students who complete Physics 1020 and Mathematics 1000 are eligible for admission to Physics 1051. Students may receive credit for only one of Physics 1050 and 1020.

6) Students who have successfully completed Advanced Placement courses in both Physics and Mathematics will normally be eligible for direct entry into Physics 1051, 2053 and 2750, all of which are offered in the Fall semester. Such students are advised to consult the Department.

7) Where circumstances warrant, any prerequisites listed below may be waived by the Head of the Department.

8) Supplementary examinations will be allowed in certain Physics courses which have written final examinations. Students should refer to the Faculty of Science Degree regulations for details.

MINOR IN PHYSICS

A minor in Physics will consist of 24 credit hours in Physics courses which must include Physics 1050 (or 1020), 1051, 2053, 2055, 2750, 2820. Only 6 credit hours at the 1000 level can be used to fulfill the 24 credit hours. For those students whose major is Chemistry or Biochemistry, the 24 credit hours in Physics will not include 2053.

MAJOR IN PHYSICS

a) English 1080 and English 1110 (or equivalent).
b) Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or equivalents).
c) Mathematics 1000 and 1001.
d) Mathematics 2000, Mathematics 2050 and AM/PM 3260.
e) Physics 1050 (or 1020) and 1051.
f) Physics 2053, 2055, 2750, 2820, 3220, 3400, 3500, 3750 and 3900.
g) An additional 12 credit hours in physics courses numbered 3000 or higher which shall include at least 6 credit hours selected from the courses numbered Physics 3150, 3300, 3410, 3550, 3600, 3751.
h) Physics 3810 or AM/PM 3202.

Mathematics 1001, 2000 and 2050 are prerequisites to many Physics courses and should be completed by the end of second year. AM/PM 3260 is corequisite to Physics 3220 and should be completed before the winter of the third year. Those who intend to make a career in Physics should note that additional Physics courses are strongly recommended. Computer Science 2602 and Mathematics 2051 are also recommended. 

HONOURS IN PHYSICS

a) English 1080 and English 1110 (or equivalent).
b) Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or equivalents).
c) Mathematics 1000 and 1001.
d) Mathematics 2000, 2050 and AM/PM 3260.
e) Physics 1050 (or 1020) and 1051.
f) Physics 2053, 2055, 2750, 2820, 3220, 3230, 3400, 3410, 3500, 3600, 3750, 3820, 3821, 3900, 3920, 4500, 4850, 490A/B.
g) Physics 3810 or AM/PM 3202.
h) An additional 12 credit hours in physics courses numbered 3000 or higher which shall include at least 6 credit hours selected from physics courses numbered 4000 or higher.
i) Fifteen credit hours in applicable elective courses*

NOTE: Certain of the graduate courses may be taken in the final year of the Honours Program with the permission of the Head of the Department.

*Only 6 credit hours at the 1000 level in each of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics can be used to fulfil the 120 credit hours required for the Honours program. The inclusion of Mathematics 1090, the sequence of Physics 1020, 1050 and 1051 or the substitution of Chemistry 1010, 1011 and 1031 for Chemistry 1050 and 1051 will each increase the number of credit hours required for the Honours Physics program by three.

An Honours thesis is to be presented on work undertaken by the candidate under the guidance of a Department of Physics faculty member. The thesis comprises the 6 credit hour course Physics 490A/B. Students should seek departmental advice regarding a thesis project no later than the winter preceding the semester in which the project will be started.

The Honours Physics program in and beyond the third year requires a familiarity with computer programming and numerical analysis. In choosing electives for this program, the Department recommends that students supplement the prescribed program with the following courses Computer Science 2602 and 3731 (or Applied Mathematics 2130 and 3132). Mathematics 2051 and 2001 are also suitable electives. For specific courses and recommendations about electives, consultation with a faculty advisor in the Department is suggested.

The Department recommends that students wishing to complete the Honours Physics program in 120 credit hours follow the schedule given below. This schedule is intended for students who qualify for Physics 1050 and 1051. Other suggested course schedules are available from the Head of the Department.

Year Semester I Semester II
I English 1080 English 1110 (1101, 1102)

Chemistry 1000 Chemistry 1001

Mathematics 1000 Mathematics 1001

Physics 1050 Physics 1051

Elective Elective
II Mathematics 2000 AM/PM 3202

Mathematics 2050 AM/PM 3260

Physics 2053 Physics 2055

Physics 2750 Physics 2820 or Elective

Elective Elective
III Physics 3220 Physics 3900

Physics 3400 Physics 3600/4500

Physics 3500 Physics 3230/3410

Physics 3750 Physics Elective

Physics 3820 Elective
IV Physics 3821 Physics 4500/3600

Physics 3920 Physics 3410/3230

Physics 4850 Physics 490B

Physics 490A Physics Elective

Physics Elective Physics Elective

MAJOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSICS

a) English 1080 and English 1110 (or equivalent)
b) Chemistry 1050 and 1051
c) Mathematics 1000 and 1001
d) Mathematics 2000, Mathematics 2050, AM/PM 3260, AM/PM 3202
e) Physics 1050 (or 1020) and 1051
f)  Physics 2053, 2055, 2750, 2820, 3220, 3820, 3300, 3340, 4340
g) Physics 3400 or 3500
h) Earth Sciences 1000, 1002, 2502, 3170, 3172
i) Geography 2102, 2195, 3120
j) Biology 2120, 2600

The Major degree offers students a fair degree of latitude in choosing electives, students are encouraged to take electives from Geography and Earth Sciences: of particular merit would be any of Earth Sciences 3600, 3611 or 4105.

HONOURS IN ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSICS

a) English 1080 and English 1110 (or equivalent)
b) Chemistry 1050 and 1051
c) Mathematics 1000 and 1001
d) Mathematics 2000, Mathematics 2050, AM/PM 3260, AM/PM 3202
e) Physics 1050 (or 1020) and 1051
f) Physics 2053, 2055, 2750, 2820, 3220, 3820, 3821, 3300, 3340, 4205, 4300, 4340, 490A/B
g) Physics 3400 or 3500
h) Earth Sciences 1000, 1002, 2502, 3170 and 3172
i) Geography 2102, 2195, 3120
j) Biology 2120, 2600

An honours thesis is to be presented on work undertaken by the candidate under the guidance of a Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography faculty member. The thesis comprises the 6 credit hour course Physics 490A/B. Students should seek departmental advice regarding a thesis project no later than the winter preceding the semester in which the project will be started.

The Department recommends that students wishing to complete the Honours Environmental Physics program in 120 credit hours follow the schedule given below. This schedule is intended for students who qualify for Physics 1050 and 1051. Other suggested course schedules are available from the Head of the Department.

Year Semester I      Semester II
I English 1080 English 1110

Chemistry 1050
Chemistry 1051

Physics 1050 Physics 1051

Earth Sciences 1000 Earth Sciences 1002

Mathematics 1000    Mathematics 1001
II
Physics 2053
Physics 2820

Physics 2750
Geography 2195

Geography 2102
Mathematics 3260

Mathematics 2050
Mathematics 3202

Mathematics 2000
Elective
III
Physics 3220
Physics 2055

Physics 3820
Biology 2120

Earth Sciences 2502
Geography 3120

Physics 3400/3500
Earth Sciences 3170

Physics 3340
Elective
IV
Physics 3300
Physics 4300

Physics 3821
Physics 4340

Biology 2600
Physics 490B

Physics 490A
Physics 4205

Earth Sciences 3172
Elective

 
TABLE OF CREDIT RESTRICTIONS

CREDIT MAY BE OBTAINED FOR ONLY ONE COURSE FROM EACH OF THE PAIRS OF COURSES LISTED IN THIS TABLE.


Present Course
Former Course
Present Course
Former Course
1020 1200
3230
2210
1021
1201
1051
2050
1051
1052
1051
1061
2820 2200
3750
3700
2053
2450
3750
3850
2055
2550
490A/B
4990
2750
2700
1051
2054
3220
3200
1051
2550

Physics 1021 and the former Physics 1201 will be considered equivalent for prerequisite purposes. Physics 1051 and 2820 will be considered equivalent to the former Physics 1054 and 2054 for prerequisite purposes. Physics 1051 and the former Physics 1052 and 2050 will be considered equivalent for prerequisite purposes.

NOT ALL COURSES ARE OFFERED EVERY YEAR. STUDENTS SHOULD CHECK WITH THE DEPARTMENT PRIOR TO REGISTRATION TO PLAN PROGRAMS.


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Last modified on April 30, 2004 by R. Bruce

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