Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Undergraduate Studies


The Department of Physics at Queen's University provides excellent undergraduate programs in Physics and Engineering Physics. The Honours Physics program (Arts & Science) allows students to Major in Physics or to Specialize in Physics, Astrophysics or Mathematical Physics.

The Engineering Physics program offers a study of fundamental physical principles and modern experimental techniques. The core courses in this program will prepare students for professional practice or graduate studies in applied or engineering physics.

The Department houses student lounge and study areas, an undergraduate computer lab, and experimental laboratories and equipment. There is an on-campus Astronomical Observatory for student research and public tours. Queen's University has an extensive library with an impressive collection of undergraduate and graduate textbooks, journals and special collections. Extensive computing facilities and study areas are also available.

The Department of Physics has a student-run Physics Club and a Department Student Council. Students have access to undergraduate advising in Physics through the Department's Chairs of Undergraduate Studies in Physics and Astronomy (Faculty of Arts and Science) and Engineering Physics (Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science). The Queen's University Career Planning and Placement Office and the Department's teaching faculty are able to advise students about career or graduate opportunities in their field of interest.

Student Achievements in Photos

  • Erin Crawley with her parents and Prof. Marc Dignam at 2019 Convocation.

    A huge congratulations to graduating Physics student Erin Avryl Crawley for the four medals presented to her at the graduation ceremony this year! She received The Governor General's Academic Medal for the highest academic standing in a Bachelor degree program at Queen's, The Prince of Wales Prize for the highest academic record in the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Medal in Mathematics and Statistics, and the Medal in Physics.

    Erin with her parents and Prof. Marc Dignam, Physics Department Head. (Photo courtesy of Prof. Dignam)

  • Graduates from Arts & Science Physics 2019

    Congratulations to the Arts & Science Graduates of 2019!

    (Photo courtesy of Prof. Fraser)

  • Kyle Oppenheimer received the highest GPA in Engineering Physics Program at the Dean's Scholar Reception.

    Kyle Oppenheimer received the highest GPA in Engineering Physics Program at the Dean's Scholar Reception. Congratulations Kyle!

    (Photo from video created by Matt Millsl)

  • Geneviève Hayes, an undergraduate student in Engineering Physics, attended and presented at the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging's (SCMR) 2019 Scientific Session in Seattle, Washington  in February 2019.

    Geneviève Hayes, an undergraduate student in Engineering Physics, attended and presented at the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging's (SCMR) 2019 Scientific Session in Seattle, Washington  in February 2019. Her research presentation was on the Optimization and Validation of Joint T1 and T2 Mapping conducted with the Stephenson Cardiac Imaging Centre this past summer. (Photos courtesy G. Hayes)

  • 2019 OEC winners for Junior Design category

    Congratulations to the Queen's Engineering Team for winning top prize in the Junior Design competition at the 2019 OEC! Now they are off to the national competition held in March. For more information on the winning design, visit 2019 OEC Junior Design Winners!

    From left to right: Chas Meadows (mining) , Connor Chappell (computer), Justin Bonal (engineering physics), and Matt Julseth(civil).

    Photo courtesy of: Justin Bonal

  • Hadyia Ma at 2019 CCUWiP in Ottawa

    Congratulations! Hadyia Ma wins the Delegate's Choice Best Talk at the 2019 Canadian Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CCUWiP) in Ottawa. Click for more photos of the conference.

  • Peter Carniglia at his student tradeshow at Shirley's Bay centre

    This past summer, the department provided some financial assistance to one of our Eng Phys undergrads, Peter Carniglia, to assist him in submitting a paper to the IEEE Sensors 2018 conference.This picture shows Peter at his student tradeshow where he presented his project in poster format at Shirley Bay Centre in Ottawa.

    Engineering Physics Undergrad, Peter had a great Internship experience working at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) in Ottawa. (photo provided by: Peter Carniglia)

  • Picture of Malcolm Stott TA Award winners. From left to right:Thomas Faour, Prof. Stott, Alex Pilounis, and Kate Fenwick.

    Congratulations Malcolm Stott TA Award winners! From left to right:Thomas Faour, Prof. Stott, Alex Pilounis, and Kate Fenwick. For more information, visit Malcolm Stott Teaching Award 2017-2018 winners. (Photo credit: Prof. Dignam)

  • Peter Revington in his clean suit before working in the lab

    Peter Revington in his required clean room suit before working in the lab. Click Peter's Summer Research Experience in Grenoble for more information. (Photo credit: Peter Revington)

  • Prof. Gao, Dr. AlTal  and Prof. Dignam at the June 2017 convocation

    Dr. Faleh AlTal after his graduation ceremony on June 7th, where he was awarded the Governor General's Gold Medal for this Doctoral Thesis: "Scanning Optical Imaging and Stress Tests of Polymer Light-emitting Electrochemical Cells".  Dr. AlTal is flanked by his Ph.D. supervisor, Prof. Jun Gao, and Department Head, Prof. Marc Dignam.

    In addition, although he was unable to make it to the ceremony, undergraduate Physics student, Kevin McKinnon, won the Governor General's Silver Medal this year. (Photo credit: Prof. Knobel)

  • Engineering Physics students and Department Head, Marc Dignam, at the Dean's Scholar's Reception

    Engineering Physics students of 2017 and Department Head, Marc Dignam, at the Dean's Scholar's Reception on Thursday February 4th at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. These fourth year students were all being honoured for having been Dean’s Scholars every term of their academic careers at Queen's.

    Congratulations to an impressive group of students!

  • Undergraduae student, Simon Axelrod, receives his award for placing first in the 2016 CAP University Prize Exam from Professor Emeritus and Nobel Laureate Art McDonald

    Undergraduate student, Simon Axelrod, receives his award from Professor Emeritus and Nobel Laureate Art McDonald for placing first in the 2016 CAP University Prize Exam.

    (Photo: Canadian Association of Physicists)

  • Queen's University students at the Hult Prize competition.

    Fourth year Physics student, Iain MacKenzie (left) was sponsored by the Department to participate in the Hult Prize held in Dubai. To read about this year’s focus, his team’s performance and their experience, please read the Hult Prize Sponsorship story.

    (Photo: provided by MacKenzie)

  • Undergraduate Student, Jennifer Mauel receives second prize for best  oral presentation at the CAP Congress

    Jennifer Mauel's oral presentation of her research paper Upgrading the Shield of the GIOVE High-purity Germanium Detector receives second prize at the 2016 CAP Congress held at the University of Ottawa.

    (Photo: Canadian Association of Physicists)

  • Dr. Marc Dignam with Emily Bean at the 2016 June Convocation at Queen's University

    Congratulations Emily for receiving the Ontario Professional engineers Foundation of Education Medal for Academic Achievement (Awarded to the student with the highest academic standing in the final year) as well as the Medal in Engineering Physics.

    Emily Been with her Thesis supervisor (and Department Head), Prof. Marc Dignam outside of Grant Hall after the graduation ceremony on June 1st, 2016.

  • Undergraduate Physics Student Simon Axelrod places first in the 2016 CAP University Exam!

    Congratulations to undergraduate Physics Student, Simon Axelrod, who placed first in the country in the 2016 Canadian Association of Physicists University Prize Exam!

  • Queen's University Advanced Sounding Rocket (QUASR) Engineering Design Team

    The inaugural Queen's University Advanced Sounding Rocket (QUASR) engineering design team, partially sponsored by the Queen’s Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy, travelled to Green River, Utah earlier this year (2015) to compete in the 10th annual Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition.

    The objective of the competition was to deliver a payload of some scientific merit to an altitude of 10,000 ft, then recover both the rocket and payload. The contest comprised 50 universities, spanning 6 continents, and ended with approximately 30 schools successfully launching 41 rockets.

  • Dr. Art McDonald and his wife Janet celebrate with Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students from the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy

    Dr. Art McDonald and his wife Janet celebrate with Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students from the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy.

    (Photo credit: Prof. Stéphane Courteau)

  • Jennifer Mauel, a student in Queen's University Physics Programme

    Photo of Jennifer Mauel, a student in Queen's University's Physics program who completed a summer internship working at the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg, Germany, in 2015. In the background is the famous Heidelberg Castle.

    Photo of the GIOVE detector (right) set-up at the Max Planck Institute. Jennifer investigated techniques to improve the shield of the GIOVE high-purity germanium detector. GIOVE is used for material screening for rare-event experiments such as GERDA and XENON, and is capable of achieving sub-mBq/kg sensitivities at a mere depth of 15m water equivalent.

  • Gerry Angelatos is the first student to complete the Elite Accelerated Master's Degree

    Gerry Angelatos successfully defends his master’s degree one year early, as the first student to complete our Accelerated Master’s program in Engineering Physics.

    Gerry is now off to Princeton for his PhD and we wish him well. Way to go Gerry!

  • Massive Binary Star called epsilon Lupi discovered by Matt Shultz

    PhD candidate Matt Shultz discovers the first massive binary star, epsilon Lupi, in which both stars have magnetic fields.

    Image: Yellow lines indicate the magnetic field lines from the stellar surfaces.
    Visualization courtesy of Volkmar Holzwarth, KIS, Freiburg

  • Physics graduate student, Cara (Chenman) Yin, wins 3MT People's Choice Award

    Congratulations to Cara Yin (Physics Graduate Student) for winning the People's Choice Award at the national 3MT competition for her presentation, "Seeing the World at the Tip of a Laser Beam".

    Photo: Queen's Gazette

  • Magnetosphere of a massive star

    Matt Shultz, a PhD student, under the supervision of Prof. Gregg Wade is researching magnetic, massive stars, and has uncovered questions concerning the behaviour of plasma within their magnetospheres.

    (Photo: Richard Townsend)

  • Jennifer Campbell speaks at the opening of Kingston Nano-Fabrication Laboratory (KNFL)

    Jennifer Campbell speaks at the opening of NanoFabrication KIngston, formerly known as Kingston Nano-Fabrication Laboratory (KNFL). 

    (Photo: Anne Craig, Queen's Gazette)

  • Chenman Yin wins 3MT Final Promotion!

    Our very own graduate student, Chenman (Cara) Yin, the only finalist from Physics in the 3 Minute Thesis Final Promotion was this year's winner! She went on to represent  Queen's University for the Ontario 3MT in April 2015. Our most sincere congratulations and all the best of success to you!

    (Photo: the Whig-Standard)

  • Dalton Kellet at the wheel

    Dalton Kellet, who studied Engineering Physics in the Department and signed a one year contract with Andretti Autosport in 2015, gives a thumbs up.

    Photo © Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography)

  • Dalton Kellet's drive

    Dalton Kellet, who studied Engineering Physics in the Department of Physics and signed a one year contract with Andretti Autosport in 2015, races to the finish line.
    For more on this exciting story, click here.

    (Photo © Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography)