Theoretical Physics

In an honours degree in Theoretical Physics, you’ll take more mathematics courses than in the physics major, gaining the mathematical skills needed to understand the fundamental basis of modern theoretical physics, which deals with topics such as black holes, the internal quark structure of protons and neutrons, and the underpinnings of high-temperature superconductivity. As well, you will develop excellent analytical and problem solving abilities that can be applied in a wide variety of careers in industry, business, government, and academia. During your studies at Guelph you will receive excellent teaching from internationally recognized faculty. Guelph is known for its extensive support of students through learning groups, help rooms, and on-line materials for many courses in the sciences. In first year and beyond you will interact with award winning teachers fully committed to the quality of your education. At the third and fourth year level, courses are small, allowing extensive interaction with your professors. In fourth year, you will have the option of enrolling in research courses (for credit) where, instead of the traditional classroom setting, you will be doing research with a professor working on a current research project. Upon completion of your degree, many career options will be available to you. For example, some of our graduates have gone on to pursue such careers as medicine, director of Pinetree Capital Corp., director of software development at Data Kinetics Ltd., and research physicist for Mobile Research & Development.

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Information about what students have done with a Theoretical Physics major can be found on the Career Services website.

A complete listing of all courses required for this major can be found in the Schedule of Studies located in the Undergraduate Calendar.