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What will I learn?

Physics is the study of matter and energy at all scales, from the sub-nuclear to the dimensions of the universe. It is the fundamental science — all other sciences and technologies rely on the principles of physics.

Physics involves observing and understanding natural phenomena. It is evident in the world around us in everything from the seasons, the motion of objects, the flight of birds, the night sky and the weather, to lasers, electronics and the technology we rely on today.

Physics is very much a “hands-on” science, so the most effective way for you to learn the subject is to actually do physics. Astronomy teaches you how to study objects at a distance and interpret the information gathered. This helps us begin to understand the universe we live in. The skills you will learn in astronomy are also applicable to remote sensing and its application to environmental problems.

The department offers a comprehensive physics major. The foundation of this program is built in the first two years, as you study mechanics, waves, electricity and magnetism, optics, thermal physics and modern physics.

In your third and fourth years, you will gain a deeper understanding of the fundamentals and delve into more advanced and specialized areas. Specialized topics may include the research interests of department faculty members, as all faculty members are involved in rigorous research programs.

Possible Careers

Major Branches of Physics. For those who will ultimately pursue a physics career, the major branches of physics include:

  • Acoustics
  • Astrophysics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics
  • Biophysics
  • Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Cosmology
  • Geophysics
  • High-energy Physics
  • Medical Physics
  • Nanoscience
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Soft Matter Physics

Concentrations (Optional): Students in the BASc in physics degree programs may declare a concentration in theoretical physics.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Science

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
CAD$17,526.00 (US$ 14,166) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected June, September 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

University of Lethbridge

4401 University Drive,

LETHBRIDGE,

Alberta (AB),

T1K 3M4, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

High school diploma, and either SAT or ACT results. For SAT, results from both SAT (formerly SAT I) and three SAT Subject Tests are required. English Language Requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within the last two years, with minimum scores of: 550 on the paper-based TOEFL and 4.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE); 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT), with minimum scores of 16 in each of Listening, Reading, and Speaking, and a minimum score of 18 in Writing; Academic International English Languages Testing System (IELTS) test, taken within the last two years, with a minimum overall score of 6.0, and a minimum 6.0 in each band; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic score, taken within the last two years, with a minimum overall score of 54; Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment, taken within the last two years, with a minimum overall score of 60, with a minimum 50 in each of Listening, Reading, and Speaking, and 60 in Writing; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), with a minimum score of ‘C’; Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE), with a minimum score of at ‘C’; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), with a minimum overall score of 80, with a minimum 76 in each component, including the Speaking test.

For international students

Applicants who complete the equivalent of Grade 12 in high school (secondary school) will be considered for admission. Applicants who have completed secondary qualifications in other countries will be considered for admission under the High School Admission Route. Applicants to undergraduate programs who have completed post-secondary study will be considered for admission under the Post-Secondary Admission Route.

English language Requirements:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL (iBT)) with a minimum total score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT), with minimum scores of 16 in each of Listening, Reading, and Speaking, and a minimum score of 18 in Writing.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic score with a minimum overall score of 54.
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment with a minimum overall score of 60, with a minimum 50 in each of Listening, Reading, and Speaking, and 60 in Writing.
Academic International English Languages Testing System (IELTS) test with a minimum overall score of 6.0, and a minimum 6.0 in each band.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Lethbridge

The University of Lethbridge is a leading public Canadian research university where students work directly with experts to tackle global issues.

  • 2nd best primarily undergraduate university in Canada
  • Wide range of course types to suit every student
  • Access to outdoor activities and natural landscapes
  • Campuses in highly liveable cities