Physics and Astronomy

UBC Physics and Astronomy provides students with rigorous courses in a broad range of areas, including electronics optics, quantum mechanics, thermal physics, particle physics and biophysics. With a strong background in experimental physics, computing, data analysis and mathematical skills, UBC physics students can handle highly complex projects.

Sample skill sets

Junior Students: Work Term I and II

  • Matlab, Python
  • Data analysis using Excel and Maple
  • Basic electronic skills, circuit design, and use of equipment like oscilloscopes, digital multimetres, and function generators

Intermediate and Senior Students: Work Term III, IV and V

These students have strong experimental, computing, data analysis and mathematical skills and can handle complicated projects. In addition to the above skills, these students have taken the following courses:

  • Honours Electrical Laboratory
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Optics
  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
  • Thermal Physics
  • Complex Variables
  • Differential Equations

Students pursuing a degree in Astronomy have also acquired additional computational skills working with large data sets and have taken courses about galaxies, stars and stellar populations and the solar system.