Combined Honours Physics and Astronomy
This program is designed for students intending to pursue postgraduate studies in Astronomy or Astrophysics. However with a suitable choice of upper level electives a student could enter graduate school in any area of Physics. An advanced degree (Ph.D.) is now generally a requirement for a scientist position at most observatories and academic institutions. The requirements for Honours Physics and Astronomy are: a clear pass from first year as well as an overall standing of at least 68% in all first year Physics and Mathematics courses. All Honours Physics and Astronomy students are expected to complete a minimum of 30 credits per winter session (September to April), or 15 credits per academic term for students in the COOP program, and to maintain a sessional average of at least 68% (no failed courses). In their last Winter Session, Honours students may register for fewer than 30 credits if all degree requirements will be completed during this last session.
The Science I program as well as the regular first year science stream are excellent entry points for this program. A coop option is available.
Below is a short description of the program. Please be aware that the official program requirements are to be found in the UBC calendar. For more details consult the relevant calendar section. For information on first year registration please go to first year.
Year 1  Terms 1 and 2  Description  Credits 

PHYS 107, 108, 109 (or 117,118,119 or Science 1)^{1,2}  Enriched Physics I, Enriched Physics II and Enriched Experimental Physics  7 
CHEM 121 (111)^{2}  Structural Chemistry  4 
MATH 120 (or 100 or 102 or 104 or 180 or 184) and 121 (or 101 or 103 or 105)^{2} 
Differential and Integral Calculus  86 
Communication Requirements^{3}  6  
Electives^{2,4}  810  
Total Credits Year 1  33 
^{1}Advanced Credit or Placement in Physics are provide excellent preparation but they are NOT a substitute for these courses, which are required prerequisites for all second year Physics and Astronomy courses. Students with AP credits should contact the Department for advice. Students without Physics 12 should take PHYS 100 before PHYS 101 or PHYS 107 or PHYS 117. Students that took PHYS 101 may enter the specialization but will need to take PHYS 107, 117, or 170 before the required PHYS 216.
^{2}Firstyear physics, chemistry, and mathematics can be replaced by Science One (25 credits).
^{3}A total of 6 credits of coursework is required to meet the Communication Requirement. ENGL 112 is recommended. For a full list of acceptable courses see Communication Requirement.
^{4} Elective credits together with required courses must fulfill the Faculty of Science’s:
a) Foundational Requirement;
b) Laboratory Science Requirement;
c) Science Breadth Requirement;
d) Science and Arts Requirements;
e) Upperlevel Requirement;
f) General Degree Requirements.
Honours specializations have additional requirements, see Introduction to Degree Options.
Students interested in senior chemistry courses or who are planning to enter a career in teaching are reminded that they should take a second course of introductory chemistry. In first year, 2 of the elective credits can be used to take the 4credit MATH 120 and 121. Some course alternates have different credit value. The number of elective credits is chosen to balance the total number of credits taken each year (i.e., make the yearly total equal to 33). However, since the number of available elective credits may not be a multiple of three, students are permitted to move elective credits between years. A minimum of 30 credits must be taken each Winter Session.
Year 2  Term 1  Description  Credits 

ASTR 200  Frontiers of Astrophysics  3 
PHYS 200  Relativity and Quanta  4 
PHYS 219^{5}  Intermediate Experimental Physics I  2 
PHYS 210^{5}  Introduction to Computational Physics  3 
MATH 217^{6}  Multivariable Vector Calculus  4 
MATH 223 (221)^{7}  Linear Algebra  3 
Year 2  Term 2  Description  Credits 
ASTR 205  Stars and Stellar Populations  3 
PHYS 203  Thermodynamics  4 
PHYS 216  Intermediate Mechanics  3 
PHYS 229  Intermediate Experimental Physics II  1 
MATH 215  Elementary Differential Equations I  3 
Total Credits Year 2  33 
^{5}Computing skills at the level of PHYS 210 are required in the specialization. With written permission of the Undergraduate Advisor, students who already have several CPSC courses may be granted permission to replace PHYS 210 with PHYS 410.
^{6}Students who are interested in taking MATH 320+MATH 321 are advised to substitute MATH 226+227 for MATH 217. MATH 200+MATH 317 can also be substituted for MATH 217. Either substitution would require using 3 credits of Science elective for MATH 227 or MATH 317.
^{7}MATH 152 can be substituted for MATH 223 under exceptional circumstances. MATH 223 or 221 can be taken in first year. Eligible students are highly recommended to take MATH 223.
Year 3  Term 1  Description  Credits 

ASTR 300  Galaxies  3 
PHYS 301  Electricity and Magnetism  3 
PHYS 304  Introduction to Quantum Mechanics  3 
MATH 300  Complex Variables  3 
MATH 316  Elementary Differential Equations II  3 
Electives^{4}  03  
Year 3  Term 2  Description  Credits 
ASTR 407  Planetary Science  3 
PHYS 306  Mechanics  3 
PHYS 408  Optics  4 
MATH 318  Probability with Physical Applications  3 
Electives^{4}  25  
Total Credits year 3  33 
Year 4  Terms 1 and 2  Description  Credits 

ASTR 406  HighEnergy Astrophysics  3 
ASTR 404  Astronomical and Astrophysical Measurements  3 
ASTR 405 (or PHYS 409^{8})  Astronomical Lab ( or Experimental Physics)  3 
ASTR 449 (or PHYS 449)  Honours Thesis  6 
PHYS 402  Applications of Quantum Mechanics  3 
PHYS 403  Statistical Mechanics  3 
Electives^{4,9}  12  
Total Credits Year 4 
33 

Total Credits to Graduate  132 
^{8}Any Honours Physics and Astronomy student who does not have the course prerequisite should consult an undergraduate physics and astronomy advisor for permission to take PHYS 409.
^{9}For those intending to enter graduate school in Astronomy ASTR 403 and PHYS 407 are recommended. For those interested in graduate school in Physics PHYS 401 and MATH 400 are recommended. Other suggestions are PHYS 400, 405 407, 410, 437, 447, 473, 474. Some suggestions for Science electives are: EECE 480 as well as MATH 400, 401,402, 405, 418, 420, and 450.