Through physics we attempt to understand natural phenomena in the world around us, ranging from the very small atomic nuclei and elementary particles to the very large scale of the universe. Physics is concerned with how fundamental laws influence observed phenomena which might include anything from batting a baseball to rocket dynamics. It includes fundamental theories such as those of dynamics, relativity, electricity, magnetism, thermodynamics, nuclear and elementary particles, and quantum mechanics.


Physics at Memorial

Many of our undergraduates are actively involved in physics research programs. This experience provides both summer employment and an excellent preparation for a career in industrial or university research.

The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography is a member of the Atlantic Computational Excellence Network (ACEnet) for high performance computing and hosts several multi-processor machines locally. Facilities at most other universities in Atlantic Canada are linked by ACEnet’s Access Grid.

The Ocean Observatory at the Bonne May Marine Station includes an underwater station for the observation of water properties and marine ecology. The station is operated by Memorial University and the Gros Morne Co-operating Association.

In addition to the major and honours options in Physics, joint programs are offered in:

  • applied mathematics/physics (B.Sc. major and honours)
  • biochemistry/physics (B.Sc. honours)
  • chemistry/physics (B.Sc. honours)
  • computer science/physics (B.Sc. major and honours)
  • earth sciences/physics (B.Sc. major and honours)
  • geophysics and physical oceanography (honours)

A minor in physics is also available. 

Sample Courses

PHYS 2055 - Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 2820 - Computational Mechanics
PHYS 3150 - Astrophysics I


Career Opportunities

  • Educator
  • Geophysicist
  • Special effects coordinator
  • Health physicist
  • Meteorologist
  • Photonics specialist

Note: some of these careers may call for supplementary education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential learning or professional courses and exams.


Program Information

Faculty of Science




Bachelor of Science


St. John's

Honours Option:


Co-op Available:



4 years


Fall, winter and spring semesters

Application Deadline:

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by:

  • March 1 for fall admission
  • Oct. 1 for winter admission
  • Feb. 1 for spring admission

Supplementary Application:



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