Why choose Physics and Atmospheric Science at Dal?

Physics is the study of the fundamental properties of energy and matter. It attempts to describe and explain the great diversity of nature with the fewest and simplest hypotheses. To do well in physics, you’ll need more than math skills—you’ll also need imagination.

Pursuing a degree in physics and atmospheric science will give you insights into our complex and ever-changing world. Many of the modern technologies we all take for granted are rooted in physics. In Dal Physics courses, you’ll discover phenomena you can use to develop the technologies and tools of tomorrow. And in Atmospheric Science courses, you’ll learn more about the environmental issues affecting our climate.

As a graduate of Dal's Physics program, you’ll be highly sought by employers needing an intelligent workforce able to adapt to our rapidly changing world. Physics gives you an edge on the competition: you’ll be encouraged to think analytically while learning the skills you need to solve real-world problems. Graduates of Dal's Physics and Atmospheric Sciences program have gone on to successful positions in leading high-tech industries, and high-profile government research institutions and universities.

Program details

Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Program Options

  • BSc (20 credit) Major/Double Major (4 years)
  • BSc (20-credit) Honours/Combined Honours (4 years)
  • Co-op option available for 20-credit programs
  • BSc (15 credit) with Minor in Physics (3 years)
  • Minor in Physics (3 credits)


Required high school courses:

  • English
  • Pre-Calculus or Calculus
  • 3 additional university preparatory courses

Recommended high school courses:

Application Deadline and Program Dates

Application deadlines for 2017/18

  • March 1 - Deadline for scholarship consideration for fall semester
  • April 1 - International students (except USA)
  • June 1 - All Canadian and American applications

Other important program dates

Class Size

  • 150 to 250 students in first-year classes
  • fewer than 10 to about 60 in upper-year classes

Tuition Fees

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Residence & Housing

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Housing options

  • Meal plans
  • Dorm-style traditional residences
  • Apartment-style, non-traditional
  • Off-campus housing