Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Program Information

Bachelor of Science Physics Major

The B.Sc. physics major combines rigorous training in the ideas and concepts of the physical world with practical experience in electronics, scientific computing, optics and advanced experimentation techniques. The knowledge this major provides is a strong base for students to expand their expertise in applied science and technology fields as the need arises. Graduates have been hired by high-tech industries doing scientific research and development work. The physics major is also a good starting point for those students who want to enter professions in law, medicine, architecture, and teaching.

The B.Sc. physics major requires four years of full time study to complete. The length of the program increases to five years if a student enters the co-op education option. Study can also be conducted on a part-time basis which will lengthen the period of study. Completion of at least 120 TRU course credits is required (up to 60 credits may be transferred from another institution). For more details, go to Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree.

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Co-op Option

Co-operative Education allows students to enhance their education by acquiring career-related work experience in industry in up to four work terms before graduation. The program also gives students the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills developed in the classroom in a practical work environment. This innovative educational model benefits both the student and employer.

By choosing this option, you will gain practical and invaluable career-related work experience, a network of employer contacts, a better understanding of careers in fields involving physics and the confidence to secure meaningful work upon graduation.

Students enter co-op at various points in their education depending on program requirements. Typically, physics students would complete their first work term in the summer semester following their second year of study. Subsequent work terms would occur in the fall or winter semesters during the third and fourth years of study often spanning two consecutive semesters. Co-op work terms in the fall and winter semesters provide students with additional experience they would not normally receive during the summer.

To achieve the co-op designation, students in a four-year degree program must complete a minimum of three work-terms.