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For High School Students

A background in physics can lead you to a number of exciting and rewarding careers. Basing their work on an understanding of the properties of the world in and around us, physicists develop new technologies used to make our lives easier here on Earth - and to explore ever farther into our atmospher and outer space.

Already got a career in mind? Here's a list of the programs at Dalhousie that require a first-year physics class or suggest physics as an elective:

  • Physics (requirement: PHYC 1100)
  • Chemistry (PHYC 1100)
  • Engineering (PHYC 1100)
  • All science departments
  • Kinesiology (PHYC 1300)
  • Health Information Management
  • School of Architecture
  • BSc in Health Sciences (PHYC 1300)

In addition, several entrance exams, including the one for medical school (MCAT) include a physics component. Having some knowledge of physics will help you, whichever science you choose as your major.

Tips for high school students

For grade 10 students

If you maintain a curious attitude towards physics throughout your high school career, you will be well prepared for university. Deciding on your field of study in university is probably the last thing on your mind, but keep your options open by taking physics courses.

Did you know you need a university physics credit to graduate with a degree in all sciences, engineering and most health professions? (Plus, it's challenging to get good marks in university physics if you haven't taken physics in high school.)

For grade 11 students

If you have not yet taken any physics courses, you should try to do so before you graduate. If you're interested in physics, consider the possibility of following the physics program here at Dalhousie. While you're in class, pay attention not just to the formulae given but to the ideas behind them. Physics is not a subject for memorization - it's best to understand the basic principles and to act on your curiosity.

For grade 12 students

By this time, you've probably already started making decisions about what you want to take when you start university. If you're not sure what field you wish to pursue, don't worry - you can take a wide variety of classes in your first year, and make your decisions after you've been introduced to the basic ideas.

To enter the physics program, you should have taken grade 12 physics and university preparatory math. If you have not taken these courses but are still interested in physics, Dalhousie offers courses designed to get you caught up.

If you have already decided on physics, congratulations! You are about to embark on an exciting journey. Marks are important for entering university, so keep studying, and work hard. In the meantime, keep thinking about what you are learning.