Academic Calendar 2023/24


Physics Honours

This section specifies the Physics Honours requirements only. Please refer to the Bachelor of Science section for information on additional requirements, as well as the requirements for a Physics major.

Lower-level requirements

The lower-level requirements for the Physics Honours are the same as the lower-level requirements for the Physics major, with the addition of the following courses:

Course Title Credits
MATH 152/ ENGR 152 Linear Algebra for Engineering 3–4
or MATH 221 Linear Algebra (see Note)  
MATH 255/ ENGR 255 Ordinary Differential Equations 3
COMP 152 Introduction to Structured Programming 4–8
or the combination of:
COMP 150 Introduction to Programming
and COMP 155 Object-oriented Programming  

Note: MATH 221 should be taken as opposed to MATH 152/ENGR 152 if students wish to add a Mathematics major or minor.

Upper-level requirements

Course Title Credits
MATH 322 Complex Variables 3
PHYS 402 Advanced Optics 3
PHYS 311 Statistical Physics 3
PHYS 312 Intermediate Electromagnetism 3
PHYS 351 Quantum Mechanics 3
PHYS 381/ MATH 381/ ENGR 257 Mathematical Physics 3
PHYS 412 Advanced Electromagnetism 3
PHYS 451 Advanced Quantum Mechanics 3
Plus: An additional MATH course numbered 300 or higher (MATH 312 recommended) 3
Plus: An additional PHYS course with a prerequisite numbered 300 or higher 3
Two of: 6–9
ENPH 310 Microelectronics  
ENPH 320 Fundamentals of Digital Logic and Design  
ENPH 360 Interfacing and Virtual Instrumentation  
PHYS 382 Modern Physics Laboratory I  
PHYS 483 Modern Physics Laboratory II (formerly PHYS 383)  
PHYS 485 Nonlinear Physics Laboratory (discontinued)  
One of: 3
  Any COMP course  
PHYS 393 Computational Physics I  
PHYS 484 Nonlinear Physics (discontinued)  
PHYS 485 Nonlinear Physics Laboratory (discontinued)  
PHYS 493 Computer Algebra Physics II  
MATH 316 Numerical Analysis  

Breadth requirements

Course Title Credits
Two of: 7–10
ASTR 103 Astronomy: The Solar System  
ASTR 104 Stars, Galaxies, and the Cosmos  
CHEM 113 Principles of Chemistry I  
CHEM 114 Principles of Chemistry II  
MATH 125 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics  
MATH 270/ STAT 270 Introduction to Probability and Statistics  
BIO 111 Introductory Biology I  
BIO 112 Introductory Biology II  
  Any BUS, ECON, or Arts course  

Note: More courses may be added as new courses are added to the calendar, but may not yet be included on this list. Check with the Department of Physics to see if there have been any additions.

Students should note the prerequisite requirements for these courses.

By choosing the appropriate options within the Physics Honours, students will also meet all the requirements for a Mathematics minor.

Program requirements

The GPA calculated from all courses that students use towards their degree must be at least 3.33. In addition, the GPA in all Physics courses used towards the degree must be at least 3.33.

Students in the Physics major do not need to apply to the honours program, but they may graduate from the honours program once all requirements have been met.


Students must complete at least 21 upper-level Physics credits at UFV.

Graduation requirements

  • At least 132 credits total
  • At least 54 upper-level credits
  • At least 45 of the upper-level credits must be from physics or math
  • At least 39 of the upper-level credits must be from physics

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

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