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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
October 21, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Photonics BSc

The Department of Physics and Computer Science is conducting a review of its program offerings that may result in the elimination of the Photonics program after all currently enrolled students have graduated.  As a result, we are no longer admitting new students into the Photonics program.

The aim of this BSc program is to develop a strong understanding of the theory and application of photonics, with specific emphasis on data communications and networks, and with practical hands-on exposure to optics, fibre optics, and lasers. The program consists of 20 full-credit courses (or equivalent).

This schedule serves as a guide to the order that the courses may be taken. Students may follow a different schedule of their choice.

Fall Term Winter Term
Year 1 CP104 Introduction to Programming
MA110* Intro to Differential & Integral Calculus
(or MA103 Calculus I)
MA122 Introductory Linear Algebra
PC131 Mechanics
0.5 elective credit
CP114 Data Structures I
MA110* Intro to Differential & Integral Calculus
(0.5 elective credit if MA103 taken in Fall)

MA121 Introduction to Mathematical Proofs
PC120 Digital Electronics
PC132 Thermodynamics & Waves
Year 2 MA201 Multivariable Calculus
MA205 Differential Equations I
PC200 Electronics Laboratory I
PC212 Electricity and Magnetism
0.5 elective credit

MA255 Continuous and Discrete Transforms
PC221 Analog Electronics I
PC235 Classical Mechanics
PC237 Optics
PC242 Modern Physics

Year 3 PC300 Electronics Laboratory II
PC321 Quantum Mechanics I
PC344 Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics
PC364 Data Communications & Networks
PC481 Fibre Optics
0.5 elective credit
PC315 Intro to Scientific Computation
PC331 Quantum Mechanics II
PC360 Electromagnetic Theory
PC454 Solid State Physics
0.5 elective credit
Year 4 PC482 Lasers and Electro-optics
2.0 elective credits
PC421 Photonic Devices
PC474 Optical Networks
1.5 elective credits


  1. Program must include at least 9 and no more than 11 senior Physics credits.

  2. The electives must include at least 0.5 senior credit in Physics.

  3. For progression into the next year, and for graduation, the requirement will be a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.00 (C) calculated on the Physics courses and a minimum overall GPA of 5.00 (C).

  4. Candidates who have passed all courses of the final year, but have failed to obtain the requisite average for an honours degree, may elect to receive a general degree in Physics.

  5. Maximum of 7 100-level credits are allowed.


All courses listed are one-half credit, except for courses denoted as follows:
* 1 credit course
0.25 credit course