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    The Department of Physics & Astronomy is committed to McMaster’s tradition of strong, innovative undergraduate and graduate teaching programs that link to strong, innovative research programs. Our integration of teaching and learning creates a whole that is greater than the parts.

  • Undergraduate Studies

    Undergraduate Studies

    Combine hands-on experience with excellent theoretical grounding.

  • Graduate Studies

    Graduate Studies

    Join our strong and diverse research community.

  • Facilities


    Use cutting-edge facilities in our hands-on undergraduate experience.

  • William J. McCallion Planetarium

    William J. McCallion Planetarium

    Visit the Universe at our on-campus 35-seat Planetarium.

  • Research Opportunities

    Research Opportunities

    Explore new and ground-breaking areas of investigation.


All courses for every first-year Science student will be delivered online this fall. A limited number of students in their second, third and fourth years will return to campus for part of the semester.

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




Explore the many research areas that our department has to offer from astrophysics to quantum optics and much more...

Chair's Message

Chair's Message

Chair's Message

Our department is committed to the McMaster tradition of strong, innovative undergraduate and graduate teaching programs...

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

McMaster students win at 2020 Canadian Undergraduate Physics (virtual) Conference (CUPC)

Monday, 9 November 2020

The annual Candadian Undergraduate Physics Conference (CUPC) hosted by Western University took place November 5-8 2020. The conference this year was different than past years... Read more

Summer Newsletter

Thursday, 13 August 2020

Check out the summer 202 newsletter here Read more

Physics in the pandemic: mailing lab kits to students enhances learning at home

Friday, 12 June 2020

Adam Fortais explains how the “At-Home Lab Kit” allows undergraduate students at McMaster University to do physics experiments while sheltering in place.  Read more here! Read more

Canadian Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CCUWiP)

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

This past snowy January weekend (Jan 17-19) a number of undergraduates from our Department attended the annual Canadian Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CCUWiP)... Read more

Undergraduate students receive Silver Medal in 2019 University Physics Competition

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Congratulations to undergraduate students Akash Shetty, Kian Yousefi Kousha, and Nicholas Sullivan who competed in the 2019 University Physics Competition on November 4th, 2019. Teams were provided... Read more

Exploring the Quantum Revolution

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

The McMaster Daily News recently published an article about modern applications of quantum physics, with input from our very own Prof. Duncan O'Dell.  His new... Read more

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