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Physics Major, Bachelor of Science

Thompson Rivers University, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

May 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 14,081

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
Combines rigorous training in the ideas and concepts of the physical world with practical experience in electronics, computing, data acquisition, optics and other fundamental topics. A strong base for the students to expand their expertise in applied science and technology fields.
  • Physics is evident in everything from the seasons, the motion of objects, the flight of birds, the night sky and the weather, to lasers, electronics, and all the technology we rely on day by day.
  • The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a physics major in two study streams — with or without the co-operative work-experience option. The academic specialization of this degree prepares students for further study (graduate) in physics and astronomy while the co-op aspect provides a wide range of practical and hands-on experience in applied scientific fields.
  • Fees based on (15 credits/5 courses)


Enrollment Cycles

  • May 2023
  • September 2023
  • January 2024

Open admission

  • English Studies 12/English First Peoples 12 with a minimum of 73% (or equivalent)

Bachelor of Science majors have specific first year course requirements. It is strongly recommended that students become familiar with the prerequisite requirements for these courses before applying for admission. In general, the minimum prerequisite requirements for courses in the first year courses in the BSc programs are as follows:

  • Major
  • Biology (all majors)
  • General Science
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Biology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Computing Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physics


  • Life Sciences 11 or Anatomy & Physiology 12 with C (or equivalent) or better
    Chemistry 11 (or equivalent)
  • Pre-calculus 12 with a minimum C (or equivalent) within the past 2 years
  • Physics 11 (or equivalent), (or PHYS 1130)
  • Computing Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physics Chemistry 11 (or equivalent)
  • Pre-calculus 12 with a minimum C (or equivalent) within the past 2 years
  • Physics 11 (or equivalent)

If you don’t meet the requirements

  • High school graduates can apply and be admitted to this program while upgrading at TRU.
  • Mature students without a high school diploma (or equivalent) can work towards completing their BC High School Graduation Diploma while in this program through TRU courses.
  • Fundamentals of Physics 1
  • Mechanics and Waves 
  • Fundamentals of Physics 2
  • Thermodynamics, Electricity and Magnetism
  • Applied Physics 1
  • Physics for Respiratory Therapists
  • Applied Physics 2
  • Relativity and Quanta
  • Circuit Analysis
  • Mechanics
  • Intermediate Electromagnetism
  • Optics
  • Analog Electronics
  • Digital Electronics
  • Introduction to Mathematical Physics
  • Fluids
  • Physics of Materials
  • Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics
  • Advanced Mechanics
  • Advanced Electromagnetism
  • Biophysics 
  • Principles and Applications of Quantum Mechanics 1 
  • Selected Topics in Physics
  • Radioactivity and Nuclear Physics 
  • Principles and Applications of Quantum Mechanics 2
  • Directed Studies in Physics
  • Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System
  • Introductory Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies 
  • Advanced Physics Laboratory 
  • Tuition $448.65 
  • Fees $191.91 
  • Books and supplies 
  • Typically about $150 per course $150.00 
  • Total (CDN) $790.84

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