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.

Undergraduate Student Support Updates

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Fall 2020 - Mixed Delivery of Courses

Following the recent message from President McCauley announcing that instruction in the fall 2020 term will be provided through a combination of face-to-face and online or remote learning, the Faculty of Science is assessing our course offerings to reflect this approach.

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USC Service Update

As of June 1, the Undergraduate Science Centre (USC) is the home of all undergraduate student support in the Faculty of Science. Student support services are no longer available in department offices.

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Science Program Advising

Program advisors will provide you with accurate information regarding your degree program, policies and procedures and university resources. It is recommended to visit a program advisor at least once a semester to ensure you are on track with completing your degree requirements.

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Graduate Science Centre

As part of a recent reorganization within the Faculty of Science,. the Graduate Science Centre has been created for graduate student support and services.   View current graduate programs, important dates/deadlines, forms and documents, and and contact information for your questions.

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Science Theatres

Fall 2020 Access Form

We are in the process of identifying student access concerns to Faculty of Science in order to support online learning for all Science students.   If you are an undergraduate or graduate student and have an access concern, please submit our Fall 2020 Access Form. 

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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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