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

Students pursuing a bachelor of science with a joint major in mathematics and physics at Grenfell Campus will normally take the following courses in their first year:

three credit hours in English three credit hours in English
or a CRW or a second language
Mathematics 10001  Mathematics 10011 
Physics 1050 Physics 1051
a computer programming course
(Computer Science 1001 recommended)
Mathematics 2050
elective elective 
  1. 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.