Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Become a versatile scientist who seeks to understand how matter and energy work.
What You Need to Know
Why study physics at UBC’s Okanagan campus?
Build a broad foundation with a globally recognized UBC degree. Career options for graduates of the UBC Okanagan physics program range from astronomer and aerodynamicist, to meteorologist and radiation protection inspector.
Access to professors
Visit your prof during office hours or volunteer to assist with a research project on general relativity, radiation dosimetry, microwave properties of materials, or condensed-matter physics—just a few of the topics renowned UBC faculty researchers are exploring on and off campus.
Develop the advanced numeracy skills necessary to create, manage and understand the overwhelming flow of data in our world with a minor in data science. Listed by Forbes as one of the best jobs for work-life balance, data scientists are in high demand within many industries.
Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network and earn money to pay for tuition.
Get your UBC degree in physics, the study of matter, energy, and the interactions between the two. Students in the physics program at UBC Okanagan are taught how to use observation and analysis to discover and explain the physical laws and forces of nature, such as gravity, electromagnetism, and nuclear interactions.
Physicists also find ways to apply laws and theories to problems in nuclear energy, electronics, optics, materials, communications, aerospace technology, navigation equipment, and medical instrumentation.
The physics program aims to provide a comprehensive, hands-on education that allows students to develop the skills needed to pursue at the post-graduate level or to cross over into other professions such as medicine, actuarial science meteorology, and secondary education.
In physics undergraduate studies at UBC Okanagan, students can complete a Bachelor of Science (BSc) with a major, honours, or minor in physics, or a BSc combined major in physics and mathematics.
UBC Okanagan’s physics program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that cover theoretical foundations and laboratory practice.
- PHYS 321 — Stellar Astrophysics
- PHYS 402 — Advanced Quantum Mechanics
- PHYS 425 — Low Temperature Physics
Click here to browse physics courses and descriptions.
The following links take you to physics program details in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academic policies at The University of British Columbia.
- BSc major in physics
- BSc combined major in physics and mathematics
- BSc physics honours program
- Minor in physics
Find out more about graduate studies in Physics.
Visit the physics homepage within the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.
British Columbia High School Requirements
- Chemisty 11
- English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
- Pre-calculus 12 (minimum 67%)
- Two other approved Grade 12 courses, including at least one of Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geography 12, Geology 12, or Physics 12
For general admission requirements and program specific requirements, all Canadian high school, international high school, Canadian post-secondary or international post-secondary applicants should visit you.ubc.ca/applying-ubc.
Students are encouraged to declare their major in physics at the end of their first year in order to take the prerequisite second-year courses. Refer to the Academic Calendar for those admission requirements: BSc in Physics.
Deadlines and Fees
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at you.ubc.ca.
UBC Okanagan's fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.
How to Apply
Apply to UBC at you.ubc.ca—there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world's top universities.
Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose "Okanagan campus."
Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.
Your Career Options
Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe. Build a broad foundation and great career potential with undergraduate Physics studies that lead to job opportunities ranging from telescope operator to meteorologist.
- Acoustic physicist
- Applied physicist research assistant
- Core technology scientist
- Flight management analyst
- Geophysicist (e.g., exploration, mining, petroleum, water, weather)
- Health physicist (e.g., radiation, safety in hospitals, labs, mines, reactors)
- Industrial physicist (e.g., computer simulation, instrumentation, film)
- Manufacturing project leader
- Nanotechnology (e.g., microchips, metallurgy)
- Planetarium director/guide
- Radiation protection inspector
- Scientific photographer
- Systems analyst
- Telecommunications technician
- Telescope operator
- Government agencies or departments in aeronautics or defence
- Manufacturing firms in fields such as aerospace, aeronautics, communications, computer, electronics, medical instrumentation, navigation/guidance systems, noise pollution, scientific supply, oil and gas extraction, and other high-tech fields
- Observatories, planetaria, and science centres/museums
- Organizations or non-profit foundations involved in public education
Co-op ExperienceLearn and earn with Co-op, a paid opportunity for students to enrich their education with work experience. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, sign up for Co-op to: build your resumé with professional experience; learn valuable tips on how to successfully apply for jobs; expand your network of industry contacts; and earn money to pay for tuition. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.
Further StudiesThe Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences is working toward offering an MSc and PhD in Medical and Physics. The Medical Physics graduate program iscurrently awaiting Ministry approval. UBC Okanagan also has an Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program in which students may have a Physics Department faculty member as their primary supervisor.
Gain Valuable Experience
Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleagues.
Travel and Learn
- See the world through Go Global, a UBC program for exchange and study with more than 150 international partner institutions. Experience university life abroad as a resident, or earn academic credit while participating in summer group-study courses led by UBC profs.
- Travel to conferences or competitions with financial assistance made available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.
- Take part in Research Abroad and experience different cultures while developing new research skills and accessing equipment and resources beyond what might be offered at UBC.
Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career:
- Pursue innovative and original research as part of the IKBSAS Undergraduate Research Awards.
- Participate in the IKBSAS Undergraduate Research Conference.
- Check out these videos: Students and professors discuss the Undergraduate Research Conference and other undergraduate research opportunities.
- Take part in research with the Database Research Group or the Centre for Optimization, Convex Analysis, and Non-Smooth Analysis (COCANA).
Get a financial boost to start your research experience and help pay for travel and other expenses. Win merit-based cash awards that look awesome on your resumé.
- Irving K. Barber School Undergraduate Research Awards: Up to $6,500 plus $1,500 for expenses
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards: Minimum $6,500
- Pushor Mitchell Gold Medal Leadership Prize: $10,000
- Work on campus in the field of computer science as a teaching assistant—deliver labs, tutorials, and even lectures.
- Learn through doing, create strong connections, and develop professional skills with a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
- Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project—a life-changing experience.
- Co-op puts your classroom learning to the test, allowing you to explore career options while earning money. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.
Meet Your Peers and Profs
Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about UBC Okanagan’s Physics program: ourstories.ok.ubc.ca.
Welcome to UBC's Okanagan Campus
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Physics program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.
Tour the Campus
- Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at you.ubc.ca.
- Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
- Visit the campus in-person for a guided tour led by a student ambassador.
- Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video. * Best viewed in Chrome and Firefox
Day One: What to Expect
On the first day of university, faculties offer "Meet the Dean" sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of CREATE, UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation.
Attend an orientation that’s tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or a student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.
- Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who've been there, done that.
- Navigate your studies with the help of a professor, your Program Advisor.
- Use the library which offers print, audiovisual and electronic research materials, a leisure-reading collection and loaner laptops. It also offers research consultations, instruction and workshops.
- The library’s Writing and Resource Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development and coursework.
- Familiarize yourself with resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.
Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.
Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.
Clubs and Associations
Living in Residence
Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support.
UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, features a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.
Find out more about living in residence at you.ubc.ca.
The Okanagan: What to Expect
UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.
More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.
UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.
A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.
Explore the Okanagan lifestyle at you.ubc.ca.
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