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Physicists study the laws of nature at the most fundamental level. Advances in physics help us to understand the physical reality around us and allow us to solve problems in a broad variety of disciplines, including such disparate fields as medicine and finance. Applied Physicists use their understanding of nature to improve technology, such as telecommunications, photonics and computer technology.

At Carleton, you will be able to study Physics as your Honours subject (Experimental or Theory streams) or in combination with Biology, Chemistry or Mathematics. Double Honours Mathematics and Physics is an elite program for those who are more theoretically inclined. Our Honours Applied Physics program combines studies in modern physics, optics and electronics, math and computer science. The department also collaborates with the Electronics department in offering an Engineering Physics (BEng)program. This elite program is professionally accredited and aims to produce engineers with a deep understanding of the scientific foundation of engineering.

A four-year Major program and a minor in Physics are also offered. Co-op is available in most Physics programs.

What students are saying about Physics


The Physics Department at Carleton is welcoming and friendly, with a wonderful sense of camaraderie among the students, and no one feels like just a number. If you never imagined that you could participate in prestigious international collaborations as an undergraduate, think again—Carleton professors can open the door for you to their world-leading research. Whether searching for the Higgs boson or developing new radiation treatments for cancer, you can discover your research interests, build a network of contacts in your field, and gain a wealth of highly relevant skills. My experiences at Carleton have empowered me to pursue success in graduate school and in launching my career.
Miriam Diamond, Fourth-year Physics student (Theory Stream)