Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learn about the physical forces that shape life as we know it and define our place in the universe.

Undergraduate programs

Our department offers two main undergraduate concentrations.

Graduate programs

Pursue a master's or doctorate in one of five specializations.

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Life beyond Earth could be found soon, says NASA’s chief scientist

Upcoming space missions promise exciting new discoveries, James Green tells Gallagher Colloquium Series audience...

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In the News: CBC Calgary

If you caught video of a 'giant fireball' blazing through the sky, these meteor detectives want your help (Lincoln Hanton)

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In the News: Calgary Sun

Bright daytime meteor probably landed near Medicine Hat, experts say (Fabio Ciceri, Lincoln Hanton)

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Dr. Sarah offers tips on self-care, Irish dancing, and finding life on distant planets

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Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

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Experience the wonders of the night sky at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, Canada's best-equipped astronomical learning facility.

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