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 Physics Department at Mount Allison provides an engaging and personal environment that sets students up for success. The faculty goes above and beyond to make sure students’ learning experiences go beyond books and into practical applications. On top of this, the opportunity for research experience early on in the degree is unique to MtA and allowed me to apply my classroom knowledge to real-world problems.

Honours Physics, minors in Astronomy, Mathematics
Miramichi, NB
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The Physics program is exceptional in introducing students to many areas of physics. One of the best aspects of the program is the ease of becoming a summer research student which can give some insight into how physics research works. The small classes in general at MtA also allow for a more personal experience with the ability to directly talk with professors outside of class.

Honours Physics, minor in Mathematics
Sackville, NB


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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