Undergraduate Handbooks

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Alert about Labs for 2020 SU PHYS 1420 Students

Because PHYS 1420 6.0 in Summer 2020 did not include a laboratory component, it will be necessary for some students to take that component in the coming academic year. They can do so by taking PHYS 1901 0.0 and PHYS 1902 0.0, which are zero-credit laboratory-only courses covering the first and second semesters, respectively, of first-year physics. This note explains who should take them and who does not need to take them going forward. In the 2020-2021 academic year, PHYS 1901 will be offered in the Fall and PHYS 1902 in the Winter, and both PHYS 1901 and 1902 will be offered in Summer 2021. Each course has two sections, A and B. Section A is in-person, and Section B is on-line. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the Director of the Undergraduate Program in Physics and Astronomy.


You DO have to take PHYS 1901 and 1902 if:

  • You took and passed PHYS 1420 in Summer 2020 and you DO intend to major or DO already major in Physics & Astronomy or in Biophysics. In this case, you must enrol in Section A (in-person labs) of both PHYS 1901 and 1902.
  • You took and passed PHYS 1420 in Summer 2020 and you DO NOT intend to major or DO NOT already major in Physics & Astronomy or in Biophysics, but DO need or want that course to count as a laboratory science course either to graduate or for future applications to higher levels of education (medical schools, dental schools, graduate schools, etc.). In this case, you must enrol in Section B (on-line labs) of both PHYS 1901 and 1902.
  • You failed the laboratory component ONLY of a previous first-year physics course. If you DO intend to major or DO already major in Physics & Astronomy or in Biophysics, you must enrol in Section A (in-person labs) of both PHYS 1901 and 1902. Otherwise, you must enrol in Section B (on-line labs) of both PHYS 1901 and 1902.


You DO NOT have to take PHYS 1901 and 1902 if:

  • You took and passed PHYS 1420 prior to Summer 2020.
  • You took and passed PHYS 1420 in Summer 2020 and you DO NOT need or want that course to count as a laboratory science course either to graduate or for future applications to higher levels of education (medical schools, dental schools, graduate schools, etc.).
  • You took PHYS 1420 in summer 2020 but failed the course. In this case, you should take PHYS 1421 3.0 and PHYS 1422 3.0 this coming academic year. Both of these courses include laboratory components, and your grades in PHYS 1421 and PHYS 1422 will replace your grade in PHYS 1420. PHYS 1421 will be offered in the Fall and PHYS 1422 in the Winter, and both PHYS 1421 and 1422 will be offered in Summer 2021.

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Summary of Support Services
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Program Information
Careers
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B.Sc. Bachelor and B.Sc. Honours Paths
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Entrance Requirements
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Advice About Options and Electives
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Course Selection
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Opportunities for Research
Professional Certification
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Recommended Schedule
Example Five-Year Schedules
Interested in Theoretical Physics?
Degree Combinations
Course Descriptions
Department of Physics and Astronomy Directory

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