Joint mathematics and physics

Why study joint mathematics and physics?

Mathematics is about solving real world problems with numbers. It’s about learning to think critically and developing analytical skills that will prepare you for countless opportunities. Mathematics is the language of the future. You’ll gain the skills you need to navigate the numbers and prepare for the evolution of many industries.  Physics at Grenfell explores everything from the smallest nucleus to the farthest galaxies. Students learn the fundamentals giving them a strong foundation to build on.

The joint major covers the essential undergraduate topics in mathematics and physics in a four-year program. This major develops rigorous logical thinking, and equips students with the knowledge to model and solve real-world problems.

In Grenfell's joint mathematics & physics program, you’ll take courses such as:

  • differential equations
  • numerical analysis
  • applied graph theory
  • statistics
  • vector calculus
  • logical reasoning
  • algorithms and complexity
  • computational mechanics
  • electricity and magnetism
  • thermodynamics
  • mathematical physics

Sample first year

Each student is on their own individual learning path. The bachelor of science with a joint major in mathematics and physics is comprised of 120 credit hours (40 courses). It is important that students work with an advisor to ensure suitable course selection and determine an appropriate course load as students have the option of doing up to 15 credit hours (5 courses) per semester.

Below is a sample first year chart with the recommended first year courses for bachelor of science with a joint major in mathematics and physics:

Mathematics 10001 Mathematics 10011 
Physics 1050 Physics 1051
a computer programming course
(Computer Science 1001 recommended)
Mathematics 2050
three credit hours in English three credit hours in English
or a CRW or a second language
elective elective 
  1. Students who are required to take mathematics 1090 before entry to mathematics 1000 are recommended to take mathematics 1001 during intersession. Students not completing Mathematics 1001 in their first year may need extra time to complete their program.

Career opportunities

  • research and development
  • teaching
  • geophysics
  • laser and optics
  • nuclear science
  • medical physics
  • accountant
  • demographer
  • investment banker
  • risk management specialist
  • forensic statistician

Contact information

For additional information, visit the School of Science and the Environment or contact Dr. Rebecca Milley or Dr. Pierre Rouleau.