About

Mathematical physics connects mathematics to physical phenomena. Its tools allow us to describe how a top spins, how a pendulum swings or how a rattleback rocks and defies normal intuition. Studying mathematical physics reveals the hidden intricacies of relativity and quantum theory.

Upon completion of the first year, many St. Peter’s College students move to the U of S main campus to continue their studies. In some instances, students can complete the second year of studies with St. Peter's College. St. Peter’s students must meet the same promotion standards as U of S students in order to move into the second year of study. Please contact Student Services for more information on promotion standards. Further information on this program can be found directly on the University of Saskatchewan's website.

What you will Learn

You will study conceptual, mathematical frameworks that describe or explain physical phenomena. You will learn how one builds theories of physical phenomena, accounting for physical features which are then expressed in precise mathematical terms. The deductions of the theory capture essential aspects of physical reality.

First Year Classes

  • PHYS 115.3
  • 6 cu science electives
  • 6 cu Humanities/Social Sciences/Electives
  • MATH 110.3
  • 3 cu science elective
  • 9 cu Humanities/Social Sciences/Electives

Tuition Estimates

Canadian  International 
Tuition $ $
Fees $300 $300
Books $1,000 - $1,500 $1,000 - $1,500
Total $ $ -$

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enrol in a full course load, the maximum number of courses allowed.
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year. 

*Based on the rates displayed on our Tuition page

Careers

In the age of computers, sophisticated technology, and scientific progress many jobs require a sophisticated knowledge of Mathematics. 

Some career opportunities include:

  • Mathematical and/or theoretical physics research-stream professor at a university
  • Mathematical and/or theoretical physics researcher at a research institute (e.g. Perimeter Institute, AT&T Bell Labs, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Los Alamos National Lab, CERN)
  • Applied mathematician or physicist in industry
  • Data analyst for large or small software firms (e.g. Google, Facebook, Apple, startups) or government agencies
  • Quantum computing / quantum information researcher in academia or industry
  • Quantitative analyst for financial firms or government agencies
  • Industrial or government analyst using mathematical modeling to understand economic and labour trends, social networks, transportation systems, agricultural production, etc.
  • Science policymaker for governments
  • University instructor or high-school teacher

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Deadlines

St. Peter's College Deadline:

Students already accepted into their program at the University of Saskatchewan may begin classes at St. Peter’s College anytime before the deadline for registration changes (mid-September and mid-January)

University of Saskatchewan Deadline:

The full list of deadlines for each college at the University of Saskatchewan can be found at the programs specific requirements and deadlines page on their website.

Required High School Classes

  • Foundations of Mathematics or Pre-Calculus 30

The high school classes that are required for admission purposes are not always the same as classes you will need to complete the degree program you choose. For example, if you want to minor in chemistry, you will need high school chemistry to take your first-year university classes.

Required Grade Average

Applications are considered up until the deadline. Admission is offered on an ongoing basis until all seats are filled. Applicants who do not meet the admission average but otherwise qualify for admission may be placed on a waitlist.

At the discretion of the college, applicants who had been placed on a waitlist may be offered admission based on their place in the waitlist (determined by admission average).

Minimum admission average: 70%

Learn how we calculate your admission average. If you do not meet the minimum admission average, you may be considered for the Transition Program or for special (mature) admission.
 

English Proficiency

If your first language in not English, you may have to prove proficiency in English before admission. It is expected that applicants interested in this program are fluent in English.

Ready to apply?

Students must apply and be accepted to the University of Saskatchewan and St. Peter's College. The University of Saskatchewan requires a non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN before your application will be processed. St. Peter's College will process your application at no charge.