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Astrophysics

Degree Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Science and Management (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Science
Location North Oshawa campus location
Start dates September
Length Four or five years
Program load Full-time
OUAC code DTA
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As a specialization within the Physics program, you will explore the current state of knowledge in astrophysics, examine new and emerging theories, and utilize modern techniques to analyze and solve problems in astronomy and astrophysics.

General information

Astrophysics is a specialization within the Physics program. Students will explore the current state of knowledge in astrophysics, examine new and emerging theories, and utilize modern techniques to analyze and solve problems in astronomy and astrophysics. Students in the Astrophysics specialization will also develop extensive knowledge in physics and math, as well as strong analytical and computational skills. This specialization will prepare graduates for a wide variety of career options in astronomy and physics, as well as graduate studies in a related field.

Admission requirements

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits including English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), and two of Biology (SBI4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Chemistry (SCH4U) or Physics (SPH4U). In addition, a combined minimum 70 per cent average in prerequisite math and science courses is required. It is recommended that all four of MCV4U, SBI4U, SCH4U and SPH4U be taken.

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications. 


Last year's cut-off 70 per cent
Expected cut-off Low 70s

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our admissions website:
• Ontario secondary school applicants
• Ontario secondary school graduates
• Canadian out-of-province high school applicants
 International applicants
• Mature applicants (over 21 and never attended post-secondary)
• Transfer applicants
• General Arts and Science (GAS) applicants
• Home-schooled applicants 

Program curriculum

Sample courses:

  • Astronomy I
  • Astronomy II
  • Computer Graphics and Visualization
  • Cosmology
  • Solar Energy and Photovoltaics
  • Techniques of Modern Astrophysics
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Modern Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Waves and Optics

A full program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar. Courses are subject to change without notice.

Experiential learning

A five-year Co-operative Education option is available in all of our Science programs (except for Forensic Science, which already has an embedded experiential component), all of which satisfy the guidelines of the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education. These programs combine an Honours Bachelor of Science program with embedded work terms. The co-op option gives you opportunities to apply your classroom and lab concepts to real-world situations and help you gain valuable, relevant work experience to promote networking and lifelong career success.

Co-op work terms give you the opportunity to earn a competitive salary that will help pay for your university degree and the work experience to help clarify your career objectives. More importantly, a co-op degree gives you a distinct advantage that will assist your prospects for full-time employment after graduation or for being readily accepted into graduate school to pursue further studies. Studies have shown that university students who graduate with a co-op degree have lower debt loads, are employed faster and have higher starting salaries.

We are committed to providing you with outstanding opportunities to work with today’s highest-quality employers in business and industry. The university has developed strong partnerships with leading employers in Durham Region and beyond to allow you to connect with experts in the field and gain hands-on, real-world experience.

Career opportunities

Pursue career and advanced education opportunities in a variety of areas including:

  • Data science
  • Energy specialist or consultant
  • Energy supply industry
  • Governmental agencies (research laboratory or Department of National Defence)
  • Research and development
  • Science Communication
  • Secondary school teaching (through Concurrent Education)
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