Welcome to Physics and Physical Oceanography

The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography offers an extensive program of undergraduate physics courses that includes not only minor, majors and honours in Physics, but also major and honours programs in Environmental Physics and several joint degree options.

The joint degree programs have been developed in coordination with other departments. While some care has gone into their design, it is still possible to adjust these programs to suit the needs and interests of individual students.

We have a large and active graduate degree program at the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels. Our graduate students are engaged in research in diverse fields, such as glacial dynamics, ocean modeling, condensed matter theory and experiments, and material science.



A Canadian expert in issues relating to energy and natural resources will present the 2023 Dr. and Mrs. Satti Paddi and Parvati Reddy Public Lecture.

Dr. Normand Mousseau of the Université de Montréal is being hosted by the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, Faculty of Science, on Tuesday, March 21.

What can gastropod mucus teach us about the physical properties of water?

Surprisingly, quite a bit.

Dillon Hanlon is a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography in the Faculty of Science.

He’s been using a highly specialized form of spectroscopy to look at the slimy secretions.