Why study Physics and Atmospheric Science at Dal?

Learn the skills to adapt to a rapidly changing world

Physics is the study of the fundamental properties of energy and matter. When you study physics at Dalhousie, you’ll gain insight into our complex and ever-changing world. You’ll discover phenomena you can use to develop the technologies and tools of tomorrow and that there are similarities between things that look very different on the surface.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department: Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

Physics and Atmospheric Science courses will inform and challenge you. In lectures, you’ll be introduced to key topics, while labs provide you with opportunities to ask questions and explore related subjects. In Atmospheric Science courses, you’ll learn more about the environmental issues affecting our climate.

In your first year of study, you'll take foundation-building science courses in physics, math and chemistry. In upper years, you’ll take more specialized courses in topics such as modern physics, electricity and magnetism, energy and the environment and more. You’ll also be encouraged to think analytically and use your imagination, while also learning the skills you need to solve real-world problems.

Sample courses:

  • Physics In and Around You
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Materials Science

Co-op education opportunities are available to students in the physics and atmospheric science program who wish to put learning into practice and gain career-related experience while completing their degree.

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

As a graduate of the Physics program, you’ll be highly sought by employers needing an intelligent workforce able to adapt to our rapidly changing world. Graduates have secured positions in leading high-tech industries, high-profile government research institutions and universities. You may find yourself in any of the following careers upon graduation (further study may be required):

  • research technician or scientist
  • medical physicist
  • physics professor
  • analyst or programmer
  • optometrist

A degree in physics and atmospheric science will prepare you for further studies in various sciences such as physics, engineering or meteorology. After you complete a bachelor's degree, you could go on to study Optometry (OD), a Master of Science (MSc), a Master of Engineering, and eventually a PhD.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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