Physical & Mathematical Sciences Admission Category

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Students in physical and mathematical sciences investigate the natural laws and processes of non-living matter. From the high-tech world of quantum optics and biophysics to the intricate problems of black holes and chaotic dynamics, our programs will introduce you to the research and issues that impact the world around us.

Physical & Mathematical Sciences Programs

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Applying to Physical & Mathematical Sciences

OUAC Admission Code: TPG (Physical & Mathematical Sciences)

Supplementary Application Form Required: No

Admission Category Prerequisites: English and Calculus

Approximate Admission Range: Mid to high 80s

Admission Requirements by Curriculum:

Since you are admitted to the general Physical & Mathematical Sciences admission category, during your first year you will not be enrolled in a specific program of study. This means that during your first year, you are able to explore a number of different areas of study. You apply to a program (e.g. major in astronomy and physics) at the end of your first year, and can combine programs outside of your own admission category, excluding programs in Rotman Commerce.

It is important to note that in addition to the courses required for admission into the Physical & Mathematical Sciences admission category listed above (English and mathematics/calculus), some programs of study may require you to take additional specific high school subjects in order to take specific courses in first year, or for entry into that program in second year.

For example, if you are interested in astronomy and physics, you will not only need English and mathematics/calculus (which are required for admission into Physical & Mathematical Sciences), but you will also need grade 12 physics or equivalent to be able to enrol in this program.

Step 1: Search for your desired program of study (e.g. major in astronomy and physics) in the table below

Step 2: Find the high school subject prerequisites for your desired program of study listed under Subject(s) Required in Addition to English

Step 3: These prerequisites subjects allow you to enroll in introductory first year courses needed for your program of study selection at the end of first year. You can find these courses listed under Program Area in the Academic Calendar

Program List

Whether you're a math whiz or a science enthusiast – or a little bit of both – discover the program of study that's right for you from the list below.

Meet the Students

Hear what Physical & Mathematical Sciences students have to say about their programs.

Best of both worlds

Benefit from small class sizes and flexible programs

Forge your own path

Get the most out of your program

Gain hands-on experience

Prepare for the job market with research and work opportunities


Why Study Physical & Mathematical Sciences at Arts & Science?

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Learn from the Best in Canada

Home to the Fields Institute, an international centre for math research, we have the top mathematics department in Canada. With award-winning faculty like Professor Alison Gibbs, a 3M National Teaching Fellow, you'll be learning from some of the best instructors in Canada.

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Unique Learning Opportunities

Students can gain hands-on experience in our world-class facilities, including our state-of-the-art labs and astronomy observatory. Beyond the classroom, you'll have access to research opportunities inside and beyond the classroom through programs like the Summer Undergraduate Research Program and the Research Opportunities Program. Eligible students will also have the chance to gain 12-20 months of paid work experience and specialized professional development training through the Arts & Science Internship Program.

Julius Lindsay.

Formula for Success

Physical & Mathematical Sciences graduates are in demand. You can go on to pursue a career in fields like actuarial science, financial services, software development and so much more. Alumnus Julius Lindsay, who double majored in physics and math, is project manager of climate change and sustainable development for the city of Richmond Hill. He is also an alumni mentor for other U of T grads. Learn more about careers in physical and mathematical sciences using Career Navigator.

You have to understand how things work together, how to communicate them in a way that people can understand and how to get results. That's what you do in physics — you get a problem and use tools to solve it. Where I am today is largely because of my physics background. — Julius Lindsay