Physics (BSc)

Simply put by Acadia’s dedicated professors – physics is everything. From studying stars beyond our planet, to explaining the shape of a water droplet, a degree in physics helps you understand and explain our world.

Acadia’s physics program is the study of the interrelationships and interactions which are fundamental to understanding how the world works. By understanding these principles, physics graduates have traditionally developed new concepts and new technologies that have enabled them to easily move across disciplines to tackle real-world problems in many fields. After the first year of study, paid student positions are available as help centre tutors and as lab assistants. Following the second and third years, numerous opportunities exist for paid summer research projects, either locally or at an international research facility, like CERN, that may form part of an undergraduate thesis. Group work, teaching in labs or the help centre, student class presentations, summer research, and participation in conferences all contribute to your acquisition of the necessary research and communication skills to pursue graduate studies or secure employment.

Be Inspired

Acadia’s Department of Physics fosters a sense of community and our faculty take great pride in our undergraduate students. Our program is based on creating an environment that is committed to your success, and our dedicated faculty members are consistently acknowledged for outstanding teaching. Interdisciplinary and combined degrees are common and encouraged within the Faculty of Science and are possible across all faculties. The most common such complement to physics is mathematics.

Future Careers

  • Computing and technology
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Electronics
  • Financial modeling
  • Geophysics
  • Law
  • Medical research
  • Medicine
  • Meteorology
  • Nuclear physics
  • Oceanography
  • Optical physics
  • Optometry
  • Particle physics

"There is no doubt that Acadia University is a special place to study, and from my perspective, the Acadia Physics Department provided the ideal undergraduate education. I was constantly in direct contact with reputable professors who guided me through difficult concepts and instilled in me the fundamental principles of modern science. This level of individualized attention is not easily reproduced and rarely found.

Conversely, my professors also emphasized the importance and necessity of independent study, something I am becoming increasingly grateful for as I progress further into my postgraduate degree. Thus, it is through careful balance of guided instruction and opportunities for independent investigation that the staff at the Acadia Physics Department have ensured I am prepared for whatever challenge I may face, academic or otherwise."

 - Matthew Bluteau, BSc with Honours ('13)
Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) on the Joint European Torus (JET) experiment
University of Strathclyde, UK

First Year at a Glance

Semester One

PHYS 1013
Introductory Physics 1
MATH 1013
Introductory Calculus 1
CHEM 1x13/COMP 1113
Chemistry or Computer Science 1
Your choice
Your choice

Semester Two

PHYS 1023
Introductory Physics 2
MATH 1023
Introductory Calculus 2
CHEM 1x23/COMP 1123
Chemistry or Computer Science 2
MATH 1333
Linear Algebra
Your choice


Co-op Available: Yes

Health Sciences Option Available: Yes

Honours: Thesis-based, with research

Get Involved:
Acadia Physics Society
Acadia Math Society
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)


Physics Department
Huggins Science Hall, Room 225
12 University Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6