Physics seeks to describe the nature of the physical world. It includes the study of everything from subatomic particles to the essence of the universe as a whole.


Physics seeks to describe the nature of the physical world. It includes the study of everything from subatomic particles to the essence of the universe as a whole.

Physics plays a central role in most technological developments in the modern world, as well as in the theoretical foundation for most other areas of science.

At a Glance

Degree options
Bachelor of Science (BSc), major or honours


At Mount Allison, a key feature of Physics is the experiential learning approach used in many courses — students learn through collaborative, hands-on activities.

In the Physics program, the development of fundamental concepts and mathematical formulation proceeds simultaneously in a selected series of courses in physics and mathematics.

Physics also prepares you for more advanced study in applied areas such as photonics, materials science, or biomedical engineering; or for a career in such fields as astronomy, space research, or oceanography.

Introductory physics involves a combination of mini-lectures, lab work, and collaborative learning experiences.

While in upper years you may choose to pursue studies in subjects like:

  • astrophysics
  • quantum mechanics
  • electricity and magnetism
  • statistical mechanics
  • advanced physical chemistry
  • electronics
  • medical physics
  • thermodynamics
  • nuclei and fundamental particles
  • solid state physics
  • energy production and the environment
  • modern optics

Physics is available as:

  • BSc major (63 credits)
  • BSc honours (87 credits)
  • Minor in any degree (24 credits)

Also available in the Physics department:

Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, an honours, and a certificate?


Whether you're entering the job market or continuing your education, your Mount Allison degree will stand out.

Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean's as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada more times than any other university.

With experiential learning and career development opportunities available in every degree, you'll also graduate with hands-on learning and real-world experience.

Our graduates also boast extraordinarily high acceptance rates to top graduate programs and professional schools such as law and medicine.

Popular career paths for Physics graduates include:

  • geophysicist
  • aerospace/biomedical engineer
  • air traffic controller
  • artificial intelligence developer
  • astronaut
  • astrophysicist
  • equipment developer/designer
  • robotics technician
  • meteorologist
  • business systems analyst
  • technical sales representative

Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Douglas Milburn ('86)
Bachelor of Science, Physics
Co-founder, Advanced Glazings

» Bringing unique technology to Cape Breton's manufacturing sector


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The combination of excellent research opportunities, great teaching, and a welcoming atmosphere in the Physics department at Mount A led to a rich undergrad experience. I had the opportunity to conduct subatomic particle physics research in Mainz, Germany. This work allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of nuclear physics, coding, data analysis, and so much more. Although each student has a unique experience, one thing all Mount A Physics grads have in common is an appreciation for the profs and students they got to know along the way.

Honours Physics, minor in Mathematics
Fredericton, NB
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The Physics program at Mount Allison is great for people looking for a more personable experience where you can engage meaningfully with both your professors and fellow students. The small program allows you to have greater opportunity to learn more and to take part in activities that would otherwise be more restrictive with larger programs.

Honours Physics, minors in Astronomy and Mathematics
Dartmouth, NS


Undergraduate research opportunities

Physics students are encouraged to carry out independent research.

Faculty are actively involved in research, and there are many opportunities for students to participate in research through faculty-supervised independent research projects during summers or during academic terms.

Research opportunities in the Department of Physics include:

  • experimental subatomic physics
  • theoretical particle physics
  • materials science
  • medical physics
  • stellar astrophysics


Physics students have access to:

  • an integrated laboratory-classroom for experiential learning
  • an optics lab and darkroom
  • astronomy, astrophysics, thermodynamic and fluids, and electronics and signal processing labs
  • the Mount Allison Gemini Observatory (MAGO)


Bachelor of Science

Admission Requirements

Our admissions decisions are based on your academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for personal growth. The drop down menu below will help you find information on what pre-requisites are recommended for a Bachelor of Science.

Academic Awards


Mount A is #2 in student awards

Maclean’s ranks Mount Allison second in student and faculty awards in its latest University Rankings. To date, 56 Mount Allison students have become Rhodes Scholars — one of the best per capita records in Canada.

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