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Physics and Astronomy, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #151 (ARWU) Waterloo, Canada
Do you look up at night and dream of distant galaxies? Do you wonder about the origin of the universe? Explore your curiosity with a Physics and Astronomy degree from the University of Waterloo.
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Overview

Complement your foundational studies in physics and mathematics with additional courses in astronomy. Interested in research? The Physics and Astronomy program’s strong ties to the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing give you plenty of opportunities to get involved in research. Meanwhile, if you opt for co-op, you’ll gain valuable résumé-building experience on your work terms.

Take a course with one of our professors whose Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration team was the first in history to capture an image of a black hole. Once you complete your degree, you’ll have what it takes to pursue specialized graduate programs or to launch directly into a career in fields like aerospace, astrophysics, or remote sensing.

Sample co-op job titles

  • RADARSAT operations support assistant
  • Sun-earth development program assistant
  • Science & math tutor
  • Undergraduate research assistant
  • Software development & testing coordinator

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Physics Seminar
  • Mechanics/Laboratory
  • Linear Algebra for Science
  • Calculus
  • Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter/Laboratory
  • Communication in the Sciences

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • We recommend completing the Admission Information Form once you've applied. (online)

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including:

  • English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Two of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics of Data Management, or Physics (Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, and/or Physics are recommended)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    36700 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36700 CAD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    7200 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7200 CAD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Waterloo

  • 810 - 1450 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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