Students completing the program will receive a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Physics with
a concentration in Applied Optics and Laser Technology from Brock University, as well as a
Graduate Certificate in Advanced Lasers from Niagara College.
You will spend the first two years at Brock, your third year in the laboratories of Niagara College,
and finish your fourth year back at Brock.
Do I qualify?
Students applying directly from high school through OUAC will apply to the Physics program at Brock. Admission requirements are MHF4U (min 70%) or MCV4U (min 70%), SCH4U (min 70%), two from SBI4U, SPH4U, SES4U, a second 4U math, or ENG4U.
When should I apply for this program?
Students may enter this program directly in year one, or transfer to this program in, or at the end of, year 2 of any four year Physics program. Enrollment will be limited, depending on the availability of lab space at Niagara College. Students admitted to the concentration program directly from high school will automatically be enrolled in the Niagara College graduate certificate program in Advanced Lasers.
How can I apply?
Please download and fill in the application form, and hand it in to the Physics Department office by March 20 of your second year of study at Brock. The form is available in Microsoft Word and PDF formats.
You will shortly be contacted about how to register online at Niagara College.
What classes will I be taking?
Photonics students will take courses from the list below. The links for each course will take you to the full descriptions in the on-line Course Calenders for each school.
Choosing the right electives
Plan ahead with advice from our faculty. Your fourth year requires two Physics electives, and we want to make certain that the courses you want to take will be available when you want to take them.
Among the electives outside physics you will be taking, consider courses in areas that will give you an edge in job-seeking for industry. Take advantage of Brock's Business faculty, and improve your knowledge of modern business practices. Improve your writing skills in the English department, so that your memos and technical reports reflect polished prose.
Drop us an email with any questions you might have. This program was created for your success!
Year 1 - Courses at Brock
||Mechanics and Waves
|One of the following:
Electromagnetism, Optics and Modern Physics
Fluids, Heat and Light
||Chemical Principles and Properties
- and - MATH
- and - MATH
- and - MATH
Linear Algebra I
One Humanities context credit or Social Science context credit
Year 2 - Courses at Brock
Classical and Modern Optics
MATH 2F05 - or -
- and - MATH 2P08
|Applied Advanced Calculus
Multivariate and Vector Calculus
Ordinary Differential Equations
|The Humanities context credit or Social Science context credit not taken in year 1
|One half elective credit
Year 3 – Courses at Niagara College
||Fundamentals of Light Sources
||Advanced Optical Systems
||Optics/Optical Fibre Devces
||Vacuum and Thin Film Coating Applications
||Laser Matter Interaction
||Laser Maintenance and manufacturing Technology
Year 4 - Courses at Brock
Statistical Physics I
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
|One credit from PHYS 3alpha90 and above
||Advanced Differential Equations
|One and one-half elective credit