The physics program at Grenfell Campus will satisfy your curiosity about how the universe works. This four-year bachelor of science program explores everything from the smallest nucleus to the farthest galaxies. Students learn the fundamentals giving them a strong foundation to build on. You can choose your direction of study by selecting courses in subatomic and particle physics, astronomy and cosmology.
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Why study physics at Grenfell?
Physics is a study of how the universe works. It’s the study of the tiniest particle – the structure of an atom’s nucleus, to the vast universe. You can learn about astrophysics and cosmology through one of Atlantic Canada’s largest astronomical telescopes right here at the Grenfell Campus Observatory. Or you can explore the fundamentals of electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics or particle physics. You can shape your program so you study exactly what most intrigues you. Your physics degree can be completed in four years.
Core courses include:
- The solar system
- Electromagnetic theory
- Computational mechanics
- Elementary particles and fields
- Galaxies and cosmology
- Mathematical physics
- Observational astrophysics
View a complete list of physics courses.
You’ll get the rare opportunity to conduct research in our state-of-the-art facilities. You’ll realize the learning potential of our new telescope and observatory dome. Inside the observatory’s six-metre dome, which is visible from all over the city, there is a precision-made reflecting telescope with almost 10,000 times the light-gathering ability of the human eye. The faint light from distant objects such as galaxies can be collected, then focused through an eyepiece for your direct viewing or analysis. The telescope is used primarily for your research and as a teaching resource for your physics and astronomy professors.
Additional research opportunities await you in our new physics lab when you become a third-or fourth-year student studying electricity and subatomic physics. Faculty are engaged in top-line research and partner with astronomical facilities around the world.
You'll enjoy the lowest tuition rate in English-speaking Canada. The provincial government gives high priority to education, providing extensive funding to Memorial University. This commitment allows us to provide an affordable yet high-quality post-secondary education.
Here, you’ll have accessible professors who care about your progress. You will have the advantage of small class sizes even in your first-year courses. Our low student-instructor ratio ensures that your learning will be personal and relevant. Our physics classes are small and there are lots of opportunities to engage one on one with your professor. With just 1,300 students on campus, you’ll make real connections with classmates, faculty and staff and become an important part of the Grenfell community.
Meet our physics program faculty and staff.
Information for first-year students
As a Grenfell student, you can participate in the National Student Exchange (NSE) Program, where you pay Grenfell tuition rates while studying in another NSE member university in Canada or the United States.
You must meet the general admission requirements for Memorial University and declare physics as your major to be admitted to the program.
Graduates of the physics program have a high employment rate and there are a number of different career opportunities, including:
- Research and development
- Laser and optics
- Water and oceanography
- Space science
- Nuclear science
Learn about other programs in Grenfell's Science Division.