Physics and Astronomy

Physics is the science of matter, energy, space and time. It is remarkable that the same physical principles govern the behaviour of everything around us; from spider silk, to a cell phone, to a neutron star. The Physics & Astronomy Program 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, our Physics Co-op students participate in projects in renowned universities, research laboratories, and local industries.

Application Deadlines

Apply in YearApplication Deadline Date
1Thursday, March 1, 2018
3Monday, October 1, 2018

 

We’ll run you through the application requirements, and then you’ll be prompted to create an account in SCOPE, the UBC Science Co-op Information System.

Application Requirements

  • Have a minimum average of around B- (68%)
  • Be a full-time UBC (Vancouver) student in good academic standing in mathematics, English and the sciences
  • Met or in the process of meeting the Communication Requirement
  • Highly encouraged to complete CPSC 110 and PHYS 210 prior to Work Term 1
  • Demonstrate good communication skills, and a responsible, mature attitude
  • Demonstrate leadership, teamwork and time management
  • Demonstrate interest in your chosen field
  • Be flexible and willing to accept a work placement outside the Lower Mainland

Work-Term Schedules

Schedule A

YearFallWinterSummer
1Study Term 1Study Term 2       -
2Study Term 3Work Term 1Work Term 2
3Study Term 4Study Term 5Work Term 3
4Work Term 4Study Term 6Work Term 5
5Study Term 7Study Term 8       -

Schedule B

YearFallWinterSummer
1Study Term 1Study Term 2       -
2Study Term 3Study Term 4       -
3Study Term 5Study Term 6Work Term 1
4Work Term 2Work Term 3Work Term 4
5Study Term 7Study Term 8       -

The above schedules are highly recommended by the Co-op Program in order for students to complete their program within the shortest time frame. Alternate scheduling is available in consultation with your Co-op Coordinator. 

Sample Jobs and Companies

Various
BC Cancer Agency D-Wave Systems MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates National University of Singapore TRIUMF UBC Physics and Astronomy Department

 

We’ll run you through the application requirements, and then you’ll be prompted to create an account in SCOPE, the UBC Science Co-op Information System.

Made a mistake on your application?

Just log into SCOPE and edit your application. For technical support contact science.coop@ubc.ca.

Explore Physics and Astronomy: Visit the department site.