Why Study Physics?
From the infinite expanse of our universe to the infinitesimal atoms from which it is composed, physics seeks to understand how it all works at the most fundamental level. During your studies, you will develop a 'toolbox' of technical skills and a way of thinking that makes physics graduates prized research scientists, data analysts, educators, and even business leaders. If you are driven primarily by your innate sense of curiosity, a physics-related major might be the path for you!
Your Education is Our Priority
Physics students at Guelph benefit from a long tradition of excellence in teaching and physics education research - for example, our innovative Interdisciplinary Physical Sciences courses IPS*1500 and IPS*1510 teach Physics and Mathematics in an integrated fashion that demonstrates how they support and enrich one another. Our students enjoy award-winning teaching (including two winners of the Canadian Association of Physicists Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics) and cite the casual and friendly atmosphere of Guelph Physics as being particularly conducive to their academic success.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
The Department of Physics is a research-intensive department with well-funded and internationally recognized faculty members that have been the recipients of numerous research awards. Over 40 graduate students and 10 post-doctoral fellows/research associates currently complement our 18 faculty members, affording our undergraduate students the opportunity to learn about a wide array of current physics research, including:
- astrophysics and gravitation
- biophysics and medical physics
- chemical physics
- condensed matter and materials physics
- physics education
- planetary exploration
- subatomic physics.
In a typical year, 10-15 undergraduate students have the opportunity to work in a research lab as summer students. In their final year, undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in the two-semester Research in Physics course where they conduct novel investigations within a University of Guelph research group - many of our students have had their work published in leading physics journals through these placements!
Developing Marketable Skills for the Modern Workforce
Many Guelph Physics graduates proceed to top graduate schools or professional programs throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. These students pursue additional specialization in a broad range of fields, including but not limited to:
- cosmology or astronomy
- materials science or engineering
- environmental science, oceanography, geological engineering or geography
- nuclear or particle physics
- teacher's college or physics education research
- theoretical physics, including general relativity or string theory
- biophysics, medical physics, or medicine
- mathematics, statistics, or mathematical finance.
Physics programs are renown for helping students develop the elite problem-solving and critical-thinking skills increasingly sought in many technical professions. Regardless of next steps, all Physics undergraduate students gain key skills relevant to the modern job market and consequently enjoy a high employment rate upon graduation. For example, computer programming is an increasingly critical skill for any scientist; Guelph Physics programs have integrated Python programming skills throughout courses starting in second year, which are then strongly reinforced with the Computational Physics course typically taken in third year. Our program is a trailblazer in Canada in stressing the importance of developing communication skills as well, with our innovative Science Communication course helping our students develop a portfolio that differentiates them in today's job market.
For in course students with academic questions/concerns.
|Bonnie Lasby||Program Counsellor|
|Michael Massa||Academic Counsellor|
|Paul Garrett||Faculty Advisor (Co-op)|
The purpose of the coordinators is to provide an alternate feedback channel for students who do not feel able to provide course feedback to course instructors or TAs.
|Mike Massa||First Year Coordinator|
|Joanne O'Meara||Second Year Coordinator|
|Eric Poisson||Third Year Coordinator|
|Elisabeth Nicol||Fourth Year Coordinator|
|TBD||2nd Year Class Representative, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee|
|TBD||3rd Year Class Representative, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee|
|TBD||4th Year Class Representative, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee|