Physics, Engineering Physics, and Astronomy

Degree PlansCourses of InstructionCourse Lists

M.Boulay, T.Carrington, M.Chen, L.Clapham, S.Courteau, M.Dignam, P.Di Stefano, M.J.Duncan, J.M.Fraser, J.Gao, R.J.Gooding, D.A.Hanes, S.Hughes, J.A.Irwin, R.G.Knobel, K.W.Lake, G.R.Lockwood, H.P.Loock, A.B.McLean, J.Morelli, K.S.Narayanan, A.J.Noble, J.M.Nunzi, W.Rau, K.Robbie, M.A.Singh, J.Stotz, A.Topper, L.Widrow, A.Wright, E.Zaremba

Departmental Notes
Subject Code for Physics    PHYS
World Wide Web Address
Head of Department    M.Dignam
Associate Head of Department     M.Chen
Departmental Office    Stirling Hall, Room 205
Departmental Telephone    613-533-2707
E-Mail Address
Chair of Undergraduate Studies     M.Chen
Astronomy Advisor    S.Courteau
Chair for Engineering Physics     R.G.Knobel
Department Manager    P.Hauschildt

Through studying Physics at Queen’s, you will be trained in observation and experimentation, in mathematics and model building, and will develop the confidence to tackle new and intellectually demanding problems, placing you at the leading edge of research and development in science and technology.  This program deals with the properties of matter and energy, from everyday concepts such as force, heat and electricity to abstract ideas of relativity and quantum mechanics.  The Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy also offers a Specialization Plan in Astrophysics.

Advice to Students

Astronomy courses at Queen’s are offered by the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy, which has a research group active in astronomy and theoretical astrophysics.  Students intending to specialize in astronomy or astrophysics at the graduate level should consider the Astrophysics Specialization Plan.  Students wishing to include a course in astronomy as an elective should refer to PHYS P15/3.0, PHYS P16/3.0 and PHYS 216/3.0.

First Courses in Physics 
PHYS 104/6.0 and PHYS 106/6.0 are intended for students from the physical and mathematical sciences.  Both are calculus-based courses.  PHYS 104/6.0 presents the material at a more fundamental level appropriate for students who are seeking a deeper appreciation of physics and who may be considering a Physics Plan.  PHYS 106/6.0 has a somewhat broader curriculum, appropriate for students considering pursuing Plans in other science subjects.  A grade of at least C+ in either of these courses is recommended for entry into PHYS 206/3.0, PHYS 239/3.0, and PHYS 242/3.0, which are required courses for most Physics Plans.

PHYS 117/6.0 is designed for students in the biological and life sciences.  4U physics is recommended but not required; neither is a previous or concurrent calculus course although some 4U or equivalent mathematics is required.

PHYS P15/3.0, PHYS P16/3.0, PHYS P20/3.0 and PHYS 216/3.0 are attractive electives for students in other disciplines.  PHYS P10/3.0 is intended for students interested in teaching physics.  PHYS P10/3.0, PHYS P15/3.0, PHYS P16/3.0 and PHYS P20/3.0 can count toward a Minor(Arts)/General(Arts) in Physics but not towards any other Physics Plan. 

Students with A standing in both PHYS 117/6.0 and first-year calculus may be admitted to a Physics Plan (with PHYS 117/6.0 then satisfying the first-year physics core requirement) but only after consultation with, and approval from, the Department.