Physics and Electrical Engineering

Discover the fundamental laws of nature and then apply this knowledge to design breakthrough technologies that will transform our society. While physics probes big questions ranging from the origin of the universe to the workings of the quantum world, electrical engineering underlies the technologies that are ubiquitous to our modern world, from power generation to the computer chip.

By teaching you the foundations of how nature works, and then how to innovate with this knowledge, this integrated program will uniquely equip you to tackle societal and technological problems facing us and future generations. At the end of five years, you will earn two degrees, one in physics and one in electrical engineering, and will be truly equipped to defy the conventional.

Information

To be admitted into this program, applicants must submit their application to the Faculty of Science.

Career opportunities

  • Physicist
  • Electrical engineer
  • Materials scientist
  • Avionics engineer
  • Power systems and renewable energy engineer
  • Biomedical researcher or engineer
  • Industrial research and development scientist or engineer

Salary estimates (entry level)

  • $47,251 - $63,747 [1]

Job placement rates

  • Employment rate 2 years after graduation: 89.6% [2]
Graduate programs
  • Master of Engineering (MEng) in Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Electrical and Computer Engineering with Specialization in Science, Society and Policy

  • Master of Science (MSc) in Physics
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Physics with Specialization in Science, Society and Policy

  • Doctorate (PhD) in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Doctorate (PhD) in Physics

Options

Options available with this program

  • Honours BSc with Specialization in Physics/BASc in Electrical Engineering

Languages

  • This program is offered in English and in French.
    • All compulsory courses are offered in English and in French.
  • French immersion: the Extended French Stream is available for this program.

A preview of your studies

Course examples

  • Engineering Design
  • Waves and Optics
  • Statistical Thermodynamics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Introduction to Solid State Physics
  • Circuit Theory I
  • Random Signals and Systems
  • Microwave Circuits
  • Sustainable Electrical Power Systems

Consult and compare the course list of programs and options.

Research

From our students' perspective

Ozan Oner

Ozan Oner

Third year, Physics and Electrical Engineering

"I just completed my second year of the Electrical Engineering and Physics program. Studying Physics allows us to fundamentally understand how and why things do what they do. This perfectly complements Electrical Engineering, where students can apply things like quantum mechanics in order to build technologies. I believe that this combination is ideal for students who want to contribute to the technological backbone of the future.

This year, my team participated in uOttawa's Design Day competition. Our team won first place, out of 100 projects! As a result, our team was recently interviewed by CBC. This program has opened many doors for me in just a short year. I highly recommend this program to anyone that wants to design and build the technology of tomorrow."
 

Madison Smrtka

Third year, Physics and Electrical Engineering

"What really makes this program special is the community of students around it. uOttawa Engineering students have created a family who seek to help each other succeed in life and in their academic field."

Admissions at a glance

Admission requirements

Ontario

General requirements

A minimum combined average of 70% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics.

Students who do not have Calculus and Vectors 4U can take the replacement course at the University either the summer before or during their first term.

Prerequisite courses

Discipline Prerequisites and other requirements Admission average
Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
  • Biology 4U
  • Chemistry 4U
  • Physics 4U
High 80s
Biotechnology (Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering)
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
  • Two of the following:
    • Biology 4U
    • Chemistry 4U
    • Physics 4U
    • Earth and Space Science 4U
Mid 80s
Chemical Engineering
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
  • Chemistry 4U
  • Physics 4U
Mid 80s
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Computer Science
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
High 80s
Computer Science and Mathematics
Data Science
Computer Engineering
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
  • Chemistry 4U
  • Physics 4U
Low 80s
Electrical Engineering
Physics and Electrical Engineering
Software Engineering
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
  • One of the following:
    • Biology 4U
    • Chemistry 4U
    • Computing 4U
    • Physics 4U
High 80s
Secondary V

General requirements

A minimum combined average of 84% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics.

Students may be required to take up to two mathematics make-up courses at the University either the summer before or during their first year.

Prerequisite courses

Discipline Prerequisites and other requirements Admission average
Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
  • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
  • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
  • Chemistry (Sec. V)
  • Physics (Sec. V)
  • Science and Technology (with or without option) (Sec. IV)
84%
Biotechnology (Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering)
Physics and Electrical Engineering
Computer Science
  • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
  • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
84%
Computer Science and Mathematics
Data Science
Chemical Engineering
  • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
  • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
  • Chemistry (Sec. V)
  • Physics (Sec. V)
84%
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Software Engineering
  • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
  • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
  • One of the following:
    • Science and Technology (with or without option) (Sec. IV)
    • Chemistry (Sec. V)
    • Physics (Sec. V)
84%

These are minimum requirements only. They are subject to change. Admission is not guaranteed.

See the full undergraduate admission requirements for more information.

CEGEP

General requirements

A minimum combined average of 70% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics, except in Software Engineering, where a minimum of 70% is required for each prerequisite course in science and mathematics.

Students who are missing the mathematics prerequisite are required to take up to two replacement courses at the University the summer before or during their first year.

Prerequisite courses

Discipline Prerequisites and other requirements Admission average
Computer Science
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
Mid 70s
Computer Science and Mathematics
Data Science
Computer Engineering
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry
  • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
Low 70s
Electrical Engineering
Physics and Electrical Engineering
Biotechnology (Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering)
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
  • Two of the following:
    • Biology (101) General Biology I
    • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry of Organic Chemistry
    • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
    • Mathematics (201) Algebra I
Mid 70s
Chemical Engineering
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry
  • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
Mid 70s
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Software Engineering
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
  • One of the following:
    • Biology (101) General Biology I
    • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry of Organic Chemistry
    • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
Low 80s
Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Biology (101) General Biology
  • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry
  • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
Low 80s

These are minimum requirements only. They are subject to change. Admission is not guaranteed.

See the full undergraduate admission requirementsfor more information.

Not studying in an Ontario or Quebec high school? Find your admission requirements.

Admission averages vary between English and French programs. See the French page for the French program requirements.

Contact us

Do you have questions about this program?

Julie Cormier-Doiron
Liaison and Communications Officer
genie.engineering@uOttawa.ca

Emad Gad
Professor and Undergraduate Associate Director - Electrical Engineering
egad@eecs.uOttawa.ca

References:

  1. jobbank.gc.ca: entry-level estimate calculated by compiling salary data by discipline (from low to average) in Canada to reflect industry earning.
  2. OSAP Ontario University Graduate Survey 2016-2017.
  3. coop.uottawa.ca: average of salary (hourly rate) from Work Term 1 - Work Term 4. Based on Summer 2018 work term data.
  4. CO-OP uOttawa: 2018.
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