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Physics for Modern Techology


News: The Physics for Modern Technology degree has launched.

Invitation to Physics

Physics is the study of how reality works; it can tell you why the sky is blue, what light is, and how our universe formed.

The appeal of physics is more than just the joy of understanding the world we live in. Physics also fuels the amazing leaps of human creativity that give us devices like iPods, cell phones, GPS units and more. These innovations exist because someone--a person like you--studied physics and figured out something new about how our universe works. The Physics Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University invites you to follow in this person's footsteps.

Our Degree and other Course Offerings

We have launched our new Physics for Modern Technology degree.

We also offer a comprehensive package of preparatory, first, and second year University Physics courses that transfer to BC's universities, university colleges, and colleges, and to many universities across Canada and the United States. Physics is also going to be a main component in the other exciting new B.Sc. degrees being developed here at KPU. Please take a look at our course offerings (also listed in the Calendar).

KPU's Physics Department provides Physics courses at both Surrey and Richmond campuses. We also offers Astronomy and Engineering courses at both of these campuses. An approximate timetable for when and where courses are offered can be found at this link.


If you are a non-science student, but are enthusiastic to understand just how big and spectacular this universe is, Introduction to Astronomy (ASTR 1100) is a fun and eye-opening elective course that will not only give you a new appreciation for the stars, but will also earn you science and Q credits toward your degree.

The physics department occasionally offers third year Astronomy electives (ASTR 3110 and ASTR 3111) designed for Bachelor of Arts students and those seeking to fulfill science requirements for an elementary teacher education program.

Applied Science (Engineering)

KPU's Applied Science (Engineering) certificate overlaps well with first year engineering at UBC and UVIC. (Courses also transfer on a course-by-course basis to other engineering schools such as SFU, but the overall match may not be as close.) For more information about KPU's engineering courses, transfer options and advising sessions, visit Engineering Advising.

Why take Physics at KPU?

Classes at KPU are small, with a maximum of 35 students, and more personal attention from your instructors is possible with such small class sizes. Students who need additional help also have access to peer tutors in Physics and other disciplines at our campus Learning Centres.