About

Physics is the study of matter and energy and how they interact. Physics helps us understand how the world, and everything in it, really works. Physicists study all aspects of nature—from the study of subatomic particles to the study of astronomical objects many times larger than the sun.


Quick facts
  • Three or four year degree
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

You will discover the particles that make up the universe and the forces with which they interact. You will learn about black holes, atmospheric phenomena, new materials, quarks and gluons. You will investigate such phenomena as the big bang, quantum mechanical paradoxes and superconductivities. You will experiment using telescopes, satellites, radar, tokamaks, synchrotron and particle accelerators, and conduct space weather observations and atmospheric ozone monitoring.

A first-year schedule sample

This degree program is flexible and offers you the opportunity to take courses in many different subject areas. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:

CourseDescription

Fall Term
PHYS 115 Physics and the Universe
CMPT 116* Computing I
MATH 110 Calculus I
ENG 110* Literature and Composition
GEOG 120* Introduction to Global Environmental Systems

Winter Term
PHYS 125* Physics and Technology
CMPT 145* Principles of Computer Science
MATH 116 Calculus II
ENG 110* Literature and Composition
ECON 111* Introductory Microeconomics

* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the full listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

PHYS 230: Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory
This laboratory course explores basic elements of electric circuits and electronics through experiments. Students will also learn how to measure magnetic fields through inductance and Hall probes. There will be five experiments and students will need 1.5 hours per experiment. For each experiment there will also be a 1 hour lecture.

PHYS 383: Quantum Mechanics I
The Schrodinger equation and its implications are discussed for several important quantum systems, including the quantum harmonic oscillator and one-electron atoms. Further topics include barrier-penetration, angular momentum in quantum mechanics, spin, and time-independent perturbation theory. The tutorial will develop problem solving skills and techniques using modern tools.

PHYS 452: Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics
An introduction to the physics of the nucleus and of the fundamental particles and their interactions. Topics in nuclear physics include nuclear phenomenology, radioactive decay, nuclear reactions; nuclear models: semi-empirical mass formula, shell model, collective models, the deuteron and the nucleon-nucleon interaction. Topics in particle physics include strong and electroweak interactions; global and local symmetries of the weak and strong interactions; the neutral Kaons and CP violation; Feynman diagrams; the Standard Model: quarks, gluons and colour; decay and reaction probabilities; hadron production; meson and baryon masses; charmonium; asymptotic freedom; neutrino oscillations. 

Professional Internship Option
You can complete up to 16 consecutive months of supervised work experience with a sponsoring employer in addition to the requirements for a Physics program. Normally, the work placement commences after you have completed three years of a four-year degree program in Physics. The placement typically lasts from May 1 of one year to August 31 of the next year but shorter internship placements of 4, 8 or 12 months may also be allowed.

Facilities
We are home to the Canadian Light Source - the only national facility for synchrotron light research in Canada and the fourth most powerful synchrotron in the world! Physicists come from around the world to do work in such areas as the structure of biological molecules, micro-sensors and micro-machines, and environmental science.

Faculty
Faculty members are involved in collaborations with international institutions and laboratories in all of the research areas represented in the department and are awarded over $5 million in external research funding each year. Department members have been recognized, nationally and internationally, receiving such awards as the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Award and the NASA Group Achievement Award. The department has also been home to several Canada Research Chairs.

The department values teaching excellence and instructors are committed to providing a stimulating and friendly learning environment. Instructors in the Department have been recognized with the uSask Master Teacher Award and the USSU Teaching Excellence Award.

Unique opportunities
You can apply for an exciting summer opportunity to collaborate in a research project with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Undergraduate Summer Research Award.

Careers

Physicists can be found in all kinds of professions where their experimental, analytic and computational skills are useful. Some career opportunities include:

  • Astronomist
  • Acoustical physicist
  • Astrophysicist
  • Biophysicist
  • Fluid and plasma physicist
  • Geophysicist
  • Health physicist
  • Medical physicist
  • Nuclear physicist
  • Optical physicist
  • Science education teacher
  • Technician
  • Solid state physicist

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $6,103 $15,867
Fees $835 $835
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $8,438 $18,202

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load (the maximum number of courses allowed).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

These Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Physics degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:

  • Bachelor of Science Four-year
  • Bachelor of Science Three-year
  • Bachelor of Science Honours
  • Bachelor of Arts Double Honours
  • Professional Internship Option: in your fourth year complete up to 16 consecutive months of supervised work experience with a sponsoring employer if you meet the requirments

You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year, three-year or honours degree or would like to pursue the Professional Internship Option.

Admission requirements and deadlines

Deadlines

Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
Winter
January 2018
Dec 1, 2017
Documents due: Dec 15, 2017
Sep 1, 2017
Documents due: Oct 1, 2017
Spring
May 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018
Feb 1, 2018
Documents due: Mar 1, 2018
Summer
July 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Mar 1, 2018
Documents due: Apr 1, 2018
Fall
September 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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