Physical Sciences

Faculty List
  • P. Artymowicz, M.Sc. (Warsaw University), Ph.D. (N. Copernicus Astron. Center, Polish Academy of Sciences), Professor
  • J. Bayer Carpintero, B.Sc. (Los Andes, Bogota), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Toronto), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • C.C. Dyer, B.Sc. (Bishop's), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Toronto), Professor Emeritus
  • A. Jacobs, B.A.Sc., B.Sc. (Waterloo), Ph.D. (Illinois), Professor Emeritus
  • J.D. King, B.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Saskatchewan), Professor Emeritus
  • G. Lorincz, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Toronto), Associate Professor Emeritus, Teaching Stream
  • J.P. Lowman, B.Sc. (Toronto), M.Sc., Ph.D. (York, Canada), Professor
  • K. Menou, B.Sc. (Angers), M.Sc. (Toulouse), Ph.D. (Paris XI), Associate Professor
  • J.M. Perz, B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Cantab), Professor Emeritus
  • H. Rein, M.A.St. (Cambridge), Ph.D. (Cambridge), Associate Professor
  • S. Tawfiq, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Al-Mustansiriyah), Ph.D. (Trieste, Italy), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • D. Valencia, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Harvard), Associate Professor
  • D. Weaver, B.Sc., B.Ed., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Toronto), Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream


Students considering, or enrolled in, a program in Physical Sciences should note the following:

  1. MATA30H3 is a strictly enforced corequisite for both PHYA10H3 and PHYA11H3.
  2. Any one of MATA35H3MATA36H3, or MATA37H3 is a suitable corequisite for PHYA22H3. However, MATA35H3 is not an accepted corequisite for PHYA21H3. Only MATA36H3 or MATA37H3 will be accepted as corequisites for PHYA21H3. In addition, please keep in mind that:
    1. MATA35H3 is the course best suited for students in life sciences programs that are not planning to pursue further physical sciences programs or advanced MAT courses.
    2. MATA36H3 is the recommended course for students interested in programs in physical sciences and not planning on advanced MAT courses.
    3. MATA37H3 is the recommended course for students interested in programs in physical sciences in conjunction with advanced MAT courses.
  3. Students planning to combine a program listed below with any program in mathematics are advised to take MATA37H3 as this course provides the background and pre-requisite for advanced MAT courses.
  4. MATA67H3 is a pre-requisite for MATA37H3. Additionally, MATA67H3 is a recommended course for students pursuing any of the programs listed below as it will enhance the foundational skills required for discussions on the theories presented in advanced courses in PHY, AST, and MAT.
  5. Given the current nature of research in the Physical Sciences, students interested in any of the programs listed below are advised to take an introductory course in programming in their first year of studies. Suitable options include CSCA08H3 for students with interest in subsequent programming courses or CSCA20H3 for students without interest in subsequent programming courses.
  6. MATB24H3 is a strongly recommended option for students in their second year of studies following any of the programs listed below. This course will enhance the mathematical preparation of students for topics in core areas of Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetism, and Quantum Mechanics, as well as provide quantitative and analytical skills needed for advanced studies in most fields in physical sciences.
  7. PHYD01H3 and PHYD72H3 have a minimum CGPA requirement of 2.5. Students who do not meet the minimum requirement will not be given permission to take these courses, and will not be able to complete programs that include these courses as a requirement.

Combined Degree Programs, Honours Bachelor of Science/ Master of Teaching
The Combined Degree Programs for UTSC Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc) /Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA) with the Master of Teaching (MT) offered by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education provides students with a direct pathway to the completion, in 6 years, of their Undergraduate degree, Ontario Teacher’s Certificate of Qualifications, and Master’s degree.​ These Combined Degree Programs allow students to complete 1.0 credits in courses that may be counted towards both degrees.

The Combined Degree Programs options are:

  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences (Specialist), Honours Bachelor of Science/ Master of Teaching 

Program Combination Restrictions in Physical Sciences
Programs in Astronomy, Physical Sciences, and Physics and Astrophysics cannot be combined.

For more information, including Admission and Program requirements, see the Combined Degree Programs section of the Calendar.

Experiential Learning and Outreach
For a community-based experiential learning opportunity in your academic field of interest, consider the course CTLB03H3, which can be found in the Teaching and Learning section of the Calendar.