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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


When I first came to Carleton I was taking Physics, and was afraid of the math involved. That changed after taking a second-year Linear Algebra course over the summer. After taking that course, which I enjoyed a lot, I changed my my program to double Honours Mathematics and Physics because I wanted the opportunity to learn the theory behind the math I was using. I started here at Carleton with no set future plans regarding a career; I just enjoyed Physics and wanted to continue with it. In order to keep myself motivated and define my goals, I have attended sessions with Career Services as well as presentations within the Mathematics and Physics societies. I will soon be working in the research field as an assistant, in order to gain experience and decide if I would like to continue with research after my undergraduate degree.
Michelle Terry, (BSc) Mathematics and Physics student