Physics & Atmospheric Science

The Dalhousie Physics and Atmospheric Science program is world-class in education and research. Students access a range of state-of-the-art facilities and learn from professors who are field leaders in research themselves.

Whether conducting medical research, measuring marine weather patterns, developing new electronics, or analyzing flight dynamics, Physics and Atmospheric Science co-op students leverage their understanding of matter from the molecular to the macular.

Student skills

  • Data collection & analysis
  • Field research
  • Laboratory safety & procedure
  • Energy storage & conversion
  • Meteorology
  • Renewable energy
  • Climate change
  • Computer modelling
  • Automated data collection & analysis
  • Geothermal, hydroelectric &
    nuclear energy
  • Written & oral communication & presentation


  • Meteorology
  • Electronics and technology
  • Institutional research
  • Conservation
  • Education
  • Brewing
  • Manufacturing

Past roles

  • Wind and wave validator
  • Research assistant
  • Summer camp counsellor
  • User testing specialist
  • Environmental recovery planning technician
  • Acoustical oceanography analyst
  • Technology analyst
  • Brewery technician

Past employers

  • Discovery Centre
  • Oland Brewery
  • Environment Canada
  • Ontario Power
  • Ultra Electronics
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Deep River Science Academy

Work term schedule

  Fall Winter Summer
2nd year Study Study Work term 1
3rd year Study Work term 2 Break
4th year Work term 3 Study Break
5th year Study Study Graduation

Physics and Atmospheric Science co-op student work term schedules may vary from the example displayed above.

Average pay rates during co-op

Hourly $ 20.00


Faculty of Science: Physics and Atmospheric Science website.