Modules and Degree Programs

Choosing a learning path is one of the most important decisions you will make in your post-secondary academic career. That is why Western offers the flexibility to pursue a degree especially suited to you. Select among the scores of degree options at Western and begin your customized learning journey.

Please use the list below to find information on all Physics and Astronomy modules. If you have any questions, please consult the Departmental Academic Counselling and/or Administrators.

Advanced Physics Modules




Concurrent Degrees in Physics or Astronomy

Are you interested in a professional program such as Engineering or Music? Would you like to study Physics or Astronomy at the same time? If so, consider the Concurrent Degree Program. You can obtain a professional degree and an honors bachelor or bachelor's four-year degree in Physics or Astronomy. Details:

Concurrent Degree in Physics or Astronomy and a Professional Program

Your primary registration will be in the professional program, and you will pay their fees. (If you are currently registered in the Faculty of Science, this can be re-arranged.) You must consult the Dean's office in both the Faculty of Science and the professional faculty for permission to register in the Physics or Astronomy degree with an Honors Specialization, Specialization, or Major module.

For your professional degree, you must complete the specified program in full.

You should consult with the Physics and Astronomy Department to obtain help in selecting courses for your module. Once these are chosen, you will need a complete statement from the Office of the Dean of Science that specifies:

  • The courses that may be credited toward both degrees to a maximum of 10.0, with no more than 5.0 courses from faculties other than Arts, Health Sciences (excluding Nursing), Information and Media Studies, Science and Social Science.
  • The number and kind of courses required to complete graduation requirements for the Physics or Astronomy degree, including all senior courses for the Honors Specialization, Specialization, or Major.

Concurrent Degree in Physics and Engineering

Concurrent Engineering/Physics degree is a fully accredited Engineering program that comes under the Faculty of Engineering at Western.  The concurrent Engineering/Physics program combines a regular Engineering degree with a Physics Major module offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The concurrent Engineering/Physics degree teaches a combination of fundamentals in physics and applied knowledge in engineering to prepare graduates for problem-solving in advanced technological areas. While engineering studies are useful in solving a problem, the physics background will help you to have a better understanding of the problem.

Degree offered:  Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BESc) + Physics major

Entry Level: Second year

Who is eligible: Students from any Engineering program can enter the concurrent Engineering/Physics program at Western.

What can you do with a concurrent degree in Engineering/Physics?

  • use the concurrent Engineering/Physics degree as a foundation for higher degrees in many disciplines

e.g., graduate school, medicine, law, business

  • become a licensed professional engineer (PEng)
  • work in industry (Research & Development, Management)
  • work in academia (University, College)

Program Options  

  • Any 4-year Engineering degree + 5th year in Physics at Western
  • Any 4-year Engineering degree + 5th year in Physics (international exchange in the 5th year)

We will be delighted to discuss any of this with you. If you are interested in speaking more about this option, please contact us.