Physics Major (Science Program) - ASMAJ1944

A Physics Major program is appropriate for students interested in a more flexible and diverse undergraduate physics program. A Physics Major may be tailored to be a natural counterpart to a second Major in mathematics, astronomy, computer science, environmental science, geology or the life sciences. Students should consult the Associate Chairs (Undergraduate Studies) of Physics and the respective departments for advice on course selections.

This is an open enrolment program. A student who has completed 4.0 credits may enrol in the program.

Students in this program have the option to request enrolment in the Arts & Science Internship Program (ASIP) stream. Students can apply for the ASIP stream after Year 1 (Year 2 entry) or after Year 2 (Year 3 entry, starting Fall 2024). Full details about ASIP, including student eligibility, selection and enrolment, are available in the ASIP section of the Arts & Science Academic Calendar. Please note that the majority of students enter ASIP in Fall term of Year 2. Space is more limited for Year 3 entry. Students applying for Year 3 entry must have been admitted to the Physics Major in the Summer after Year 2.

(8.0 credits, including 2.0 credits at the 300+ level, with at least one 0.5 credit at the 400-level)

First Year: (2.0 credits)

( MAT135H1, MAT136H1)/ MAT137Y1/​ MAT157Y1, PHY131H1/​ PHY151H1, PHY132H1/​ PHY152H1

Second Year: (3.0 credits)

1. MAT235Y1/​ MAT237Y1/​ MAT257Y1, MAT223H1/​ MAT240H1, PHY224H1

2. 1.0 credit from PHY231H1, PHY250H1, PHY252H1, PHY254H1, PHY256H1, PHY331H1

Third Year: (2.5 credits)

1. MAT244H1/​ MAT267H1, PHY324H1/​ PHY405H1/​ PHY407H1/​ PHY408H1

2. 1.5 credits, including at least a 0.5 credit at the PHY 400-level, from APM346H1/​ MAT334H1/​ MAT354H1/​ PHY 300-level courses/ PHY 400-level courses/ JPE395H1/​ JPE493H1, excluding JPH311H1, JPH441H1. A maximum of a 0.5 credit from APM346H1/​ MAT334H1/​ MAT354H1 may be used to fulfil this requirement

Third or Fourth Year: (0.5 credit)

1. Ethics and Social Responsibility Requirement: The Physics course JPH441H1 meets this requirement as well as any of the following courses: HPS200H1/​ ENV222H1/​ ENV333H1/​ ESS205H1/​ PHL273H1/​ VIC172Y1/​ AST310H1. See Note 2.

Students in this program have the option to complete the Arts & Science Internship Program (ASIP) stream.


1. Students in the Physics Major program who are intending to pursue graduate studies in Physics should consult with the Associate Chair (Undergraduate Studies).

2. Requirement 1 in Third or Fourth Year represents a 0.5 credit with a significant emphasis on "Ethics and Social Responsibility", in the context of the physical sciences. Students may use the CR/NCR option towards any of the courses listed in Requirement 1. Another Arts & Science course with a significant emphasis on "Ethics and Social Responsibility", in the context of the physical sciences, may be substituted subject to approval from the Associate Chair (Undergraduate Studies).