Program Information

School: University of Victoria
Faculty: Science
Degree: Bachelor; Co-op
Field of Study: Astronomy
Description: Gravity, Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, the Uncertainty Principle, the sub-atomic building blocks of matter, the large scale structure of the universe, the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics….
What do these have in common? They are all part of the intellectual heritage of physics and astronomy, the disciplines that enable us to understand the world, from the invisible particles that make up the matter around us, through our sensory experiences, to the unimaginably vast reaches of the universe. The accumulated knowledge is broad and deep…but the search for understanding continues. Who knows what revolutionary ideas lie ahead?
Make a short list of the names of the most famous scientists you can think of. Chances are most of the people on your list will be physicists! Physics underlies the technology that has become an integral part of human evolution. But it also informs our philosophy. To cite two examples: we no longer believe the earth is the center of the universe, and we know that certain types of knowledge about our world are impossible, even in principle (from the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle). Now if you’d like to know what that really means… you should study physics!
URL: Astronomy at University of Victoria
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $22,783
Careers: Astronomers

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)* 80 to 85
Prerequisites:*

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  • 2 of  Grade12 Biology  or  Grade12 Chemistry  or  Grade12 Earth and Space Science  or  Grade12 Physics 
  •  Grade12 Mathematics 

Two additional approved academic 12 courses are required.

Test Scores:

  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 90] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]