Physics courses and programs | Mount Allison

Distinguishing features of physics at Mount Allison include a challenging and innovative curriculum taught within a supportive, personal atmosphere.

Many of our courses, including the first year courses, are taught using an experiential physics approach (learn physics by experiencing physics.) In these courses you will spend most of your time in collaborative student groups, discovering and applying physics directly in a hands-on and minds-on fashion.


We offer:

  • major and honours programs in physics
  • combined honours in mathematics and physics
  • combined honours in computer science and physics
  • minors in physics and astronomy

Please consult the Academic Calendar for program requirements. Flow-charts on program specific courses are below.


University regulations require that you apply for honours by December of your third year by filling out the declaration to pursue honours form.

In order to apply for honours:

  • your current cumulative GPA must be at the minimum standard required for honours (see section 10.10.4 of the Academic Calendar for details.)
  • you must also arrange for a supervisor — you should talk to potential faculty supervisors in research area(s) of interest to you (see the undergraduate research section of the opportunities for students page for more information on faculty research interests)


While all courses specifically required on degree programs are offered every year, elective courses are usually offered once every second year.

One feature of our Department is that many courses, including Physics 1041 and 1051, are taught by an experiential physics approach, which means you learn physics through collaborative, experiential learning activities.

You can check out a recommended course sequence on the flow and outline charts below. Please e-mail any potential conflicts/comments you may have to

Please consult the Academic Calendar for a full list of courses and their descriptions.

Course flow charts

Major in physics


Honours physics


Honours computer science and physics
Honours mathematics and physics


Minors in physics


Program advisor

A program advisor provides information and advice on your selection of courses and degree requirements.

The program advisor for physics is Dr. Ralf Bruening

Graduate studies advisor

For current Mount Allison undergraduate students: advice and information on applying to graduate school, graduate scholarships, the GRE, etc., please contact David Fleming.


Subject to change- Courses as listed in CONNECT are considered the most up to date.

Winter 2022

Course rotation



1051 General Physics I

2251 Classical Waves

2801 Data Acquisition & Analysis 

3101 Electricity and Magnetism

3821 Quantum Mechanics


1041 Physics for the Life Sciences

1551 General Physics II

3451 Methods of Mathematical Physics

3811 Modern Physics


Fall even

1031 Stars, Galaxies and the Universe

3581 Medical Physics

3701 Thermodynamics

Fall odd

1021 Solar System Astronomy

3361 Digital Signal Processing

4201 Solid State Physics


Winter odd

1401 The Physics of Music and Sounds

3001 Astrophysics

3751 Energy Production & the Environment

4101 Electromagnetic Theory

Winter even

3021 Life in the Universe

4311 Modern Optics

4411 Classical Mechanics & Relativity

4831 Advanced Quantum Mechanics

4851 Fundamental Particles

Physics/Chemistry 3231- Physical Chemistry II: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy offered at the discretion of the Dept. of Chemistry