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Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Embark on one of the many exciting paths that Physics & Astronomy has to offer, with this comprehensive list of all our undergraduate programs




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Chair's Message

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Chair's Message

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Physics Help

Physics Help

Physics Help

Need some extra help in your first-year physics courses? Our department offers numerous resources to help our students succeed.

Latest News

Obituary for Dr. Rajat Bhaduri, posted in the Globe & Mail

Friday, 22 November 2019

The obituary for Dr. Rajat Bhaduri can be found here Read more

How bad math is distorting EQAO math results and misleading parents

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Dr. David Venus wrote an opinion piece for The Hamilton Spectator on EQAO results and their limited accuracy.  Click here to check it out! Read more

Why People (but not you) are fooled by social media

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Prof. David Venus recently had an opinion piece published in the Toronto Star.  Here is a link to the online version.  Prof. Venus will be... Read more

Congratulations to Chris Lygouras on earning the Governor General's Silver Medal at the June convocation

Friday, 14 June 2019

Congratulations to Governor General's Silver Medal recipient Chris Lygouras for receiving the highest academic standing at the undergraduate level. Chris just graduated from Honours Physics... Read more

Helena Koniar chosen as student delegate at 69th Lindau Nobel laureate meeting

Friday, 14 June 2019

We are very happy to announce that one of our graduating students, Helena Koniar (iSci/Biophysics '19), was chosen to be one of the few canadian student delegates... Read more

Toronto Raptors win the Eastern Conference semi-finals and Dr. Pat Clancy explains the physics of how it was done

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

The Toronto Raptors had a stunning Eastern Conference semi-final victory with a buzzer beating basket. The ball bounced three times on the rim before going... Read more

Dr. Graeme Luke is awarded the 2019 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Congratulations to our very own Graeme Luke for winning the very well deserved 2019 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal! The prize recognizes outstanding achievement in condensed mater... Read more

Girls in Science Day 2019

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Friday, April 26th, 2019 was the 6th annual Girls in Science Day. A huge success by all accounts. 105 Gr. 10 girls from 23 different... Read more


Tuesday, 9 April 2019

  Jules PierreJean Carbotte died April 5 at age 81 of complications of cancer. Jules was born in Long Beach California, March 26, 1938 while his parents... Read more

The sound of science: Astronomy and Music come together for special presentation of The Planets

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Using stunning images and video taken by NASA spacecraft, Laura Parker and Ralph Pudritz, both of McMaster’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, are teaming up... Read more

Happy International Women's Day!

Friday, 8 March 2019

Our Department has a number of phenomenal women who have accomplished great things. Congratulations to all and a Happy International Women's Day! Special congratulations this... Read more


Wednesday, 6 March 2019

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at McMaster University invites applications for a teaching-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor with expertise in... Read more

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