Discover the secrets of the universe

Discover the secrets of the universe

A thousand years from now, discoveries in physics will top the list of the most important events of the 21st century.

Without physics, there would be no lasers, space rockets, light bulbs, cell phones, solar panels, or high speed Internet, to name just a few of the inventions that came from applying discoveries in the field.

UFV’s Bachelor of Science in Physics pairs you with knowledgeable faculty who are passionate about teaching, approachable, and committed to helping you achieve your goals. Their scholarly activity keeps them current and opens up incredible opportunities for you to participate in academic research as early as your first year.

Enhance your learning and foster your sense of enquiry with small class sizes in labs and lectures. Unlike other institutions, UFV provides you with an abundance of hands-on lab time. And in your fourth year, you have the opportunity to explore non-linear physics, one of the most dynamic, subtle, complex, and rapidly evolving areas of modern physics.

 You can combine a Physics major with a minor in computing science to open doors of opportunity in the workplace. Or, with proper course planning, you can earn an Engineering Physics diploma in Mechatronics and a Bachelor of Science in Physics in four years.  In addition, a honours option is available if you wish to apply to graduate school.


Career Outlook for physics

A study conducted by the Hamilton Project found that majors that emphasize quantitative skills tend to have graduates with the highest lifetime earnings. Physics graduates can expect to earn just as much as professionals in computer science, engineering, economics, and finance.

As a physics graduate, you can find work in government or industry labs, in technical fields such as radiation monitoring or power plants, or as a scientific equipment operator. Or you can pair your physics degree with UFV's enriched Teacher Education program to launch a teaching career.

A UFV physics degree can also position you for entry into graduate studies in any number of disciplines. Many physics honours graduates go on to advance their studies and careers as   economists, financial consultants, industrial researchers, systems analysts, computer programmers, engineers, biophysicists, or astronomists.