Faculty of Mathematics and Science

Virtual Open House

Studying mathematics and science at Brock provides you with an education that’s both challenging and innovative.

Whatever program you choose — biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, mathematics or physics — you’ll learn from professors known throughout the world for their contributions to science. The Faculty of Mathematics and Science at Brock encourages collaboration between its different programs and you can see the groundbreaking results in our interdisciplinary courses and centres for biotechnology and neuroscience.

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Department of Biological Sciences

Biochemistry

At Brock, our teaching and research labs are combined. This means you’ll apply current techniques and technology to biochemical problems using the same state-of-the-art equipment that our professors use for their research.

The program begins with a set of core chemistry, cell biology and molecular biology courses. In Years 3 and 4, you may emphasize either biology or chemistry, choosing from courses in metabolism and energy flow, protein and enzyme action, macromolecular structures, information flow and molecular genetics, and bio-organic and biophysical chemistry.

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Biochemistry

  • BIOL 1P91 and 1P92
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • MATH 1P05 and 1P06 (recommended), or MATH 1P97 and 1P98
  • PHYS 1P21 or 1P91 (recommended)
  • PHYS 1P22 or 1P92 (recommended)
  • one Humanities context credit or one Social Sciences context credit

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Biological Sciences

We are ranked highly among undergraduate Canadian universities in medical and science research grants. You’ll have access to modern labs and the teaching and research knowledge of professors who have received provincial, national and international acclaim for their work.

Lectures, laboratories and field studies will introduce you to the breadth of Biological Sciences, after which you can design your program from courses in biochemistry; cell biology; developmental biology; animal, plant and microbial physiology; genetics; molecular biology; neurobiology; ecology; animal behaviour and bioinformatics.

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Biological Sciences

  • BIOL 1P91, 1P92 and 1P96
  • one credit from APCO 1P00, 1P01, 1P93, ERSC 1P01 and 1P02, PHYS 1P21 or 1P91 (recommended), PHYS 1P22 or 1P92 (recommended)
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • MATH 1P97
  • one Humanities context credit or one Social Sciences context credit

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Biological Sciences and Chemistry

  • BIOL 1P91 and 1P92
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • one of BIOL 1P96 and MATH 1P97, MATH 1P05 and 1P06, MATH 1P97 and 1P98
  • PHYS 1P21 or 1P91 (recommended)
  • PHYS 1P22 or 1P92 (recommended)
  • one Humanities context credit or Social Sciences context credit

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Biological Sciences and Geography

  • BIOL 1P91, 1P92 and 1P96
  • GEOG 1F91
  • MATH 1P97
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit (GEOG 1F90 is strongly recommended)

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Biological Sciences and Mathematics

  • BIOL 1P91, 1P92 and 1P96
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • MATH 1P01 or 1P05
  • MATH 1P02 or 1P06
  • MATH 1P40
  • one Humanities context credit or Social Sciences context credit

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Biological Sciences and Psychology

  • BIOL 1P91 and 1P92
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • PSYC 1F90
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one elective credit (MATH 1F92, or BIOL 1P96 and MATH 1P97)

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Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences

  • ERSC 1P01 and 1P02
  • BIOL 1P91, 1P92 and 1P96
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • MATH 1P97
  • one Humanities context credit or one Social Sciences context credit

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Biological Sciences and Physics

  • PHYS 1P21 or 1P91 (recommended)
  • PHYS 1P22 or 1P92 (recommended)
  • BIOL 1P91 and 1P92
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92 (see program note 2)
  • MATH 1P01 and 1P02, or MATH 1P05 and 1P06 (recommended)
  • one Humanities context credit or one Social Sciences context credit

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Biomedical Sciences

This exciting program is intended for those interested in a career in medicine or biomedical research. The program is offered jointly by the Departments of Biological Sciences and Health Sciences and is focused on the molecular basis of human health.

It draws on the expertise of the Department of Health Sciences in the medical aspects of human health and the Department of Biological Sciences in the theory, methods and applications of molecular genetics. You’ll be exposed to subjects such as human physiology, anatomy, pharmacology, microbiology, biochemistry and genetics. You’ll receive excellent preparation for biomedical research careers in emerging areas such as human genetics and molecular biology.

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Biomedical Sciences

  • BIOL 1P91 and 1P92
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • HLSC 1F90
  • MATH 1P97
  • MATH 1F92 or MATH 1P98 and one-half elective credit
  • one-half elective credit

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Neuroscience

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system and how it generates behaviour in animals and humans.

You’ll study the link between neural function and behaviour at many levels by using techniques in molecular genetics, biochemistry, cellular physiology, neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, pharmacology, behavioural biology, neuropsychology, cognitive psychology and kinesiology. You’ll also assist in active neuroscience laboratory research dealing with humans and non-humans. Choose courses from four streams to better fit your personal interests: neurobiology, neuropshychology, neurocomputing or neuromotor.

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Environmental Neuroscience / Environmental Neuroscience Co-op

  • NEUR 1P01
  • BIOL 1P91 and 1P92
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • PSYC 1F90
  • MATH 1P98
  • PHYS 1P91
  • one-half elective credit

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Neuorbiology / Neuorbiology Co-op

  • NEUR 1P01
  • BIOL 1P91 and 1P92
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • PHYS 1P91
  • PSYC 1F90
  • one Humanities context credit

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Neurocomputing / Neurocomputing Co-op

  • NEUR 1P01
  • BIOL 1P91
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • COSC 1P02 and 1P03
  • MATH 1P66 and 1P67
  • PSYC 1F90

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Neuromotor / Neuromotor Co-op

  • NEUR 1P01
  • BIOL 1P91 and 1P92
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • PHYS 1P91 and 1P92
  • PSYC 1F90
  • one-half elective credit

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Neuropsychology / Neuropsychology Co-op

  • NEUR 1P01
  • BIOL 1P91 and 1P92
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • PHYS 1P91
  • PSYC 1F90
  • one Humanities context credit

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Oenology and Viticulture

We’ll provide you with a comprehensive education encompassing sensory science, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, microbiology, genetics, molecular biology, plant physiology and cell biology.

Your education will be enhanced by an opportunity to apply what you learn in the lecture hall with hands-on winemaking labs and viticulture field-work. Extracurricular lectures and events organized by Brock’s internationally renowned Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (brocku.ca/ccovi) connect you with leading researchers in the field. Industry experience via our co-op program (brocku.ca/co-op) will also be an essential part of your education. At least one work term will be in a vineyard setting with another at a winery during harvest time. CCOVI is the only institute of its kind in Canada.

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Oenology and Viticulture

  • OEVI 1P20
  • BIOL 1P91, 1P92 and 1P96
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • MATH 1P97
  • one of APCO 1P00, 1P01, 1P50, PHYS 1P22, 1P92
  • one Humanities context credit or Social Science context credit

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Department of Chemistry

Chemistry

We have some of the most advanced equipment in the field. While other schools often reserve the newest equipment exclusively for research, all of Brock’s facilities are used for both teaching and research.

Our commitment to hands-on learning makes our graduates especially skilled and adept scientists. You’ll be a key partner in our research activities, participating in special research courses and paid summer research. You might even have the opportunity to co-author a publication.

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Honours Program

  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • PHYS 1P21 or 1P91
  • PHYS 1P22 or 1P92
  • MATH 1P01 and 1P02, or MATH 1P05 and 1P06 (recommended)
  • one Humanities or Social Sciences context credit
  • one elective credit

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Co-op Program

  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • PHYS 1P21 or 1P91
  • PHYS 1P22 or 1P92
  • MATH 1P01 and 1P02, or MATH 1P05 and 1P06 (recommended)
  • one Humanities or Social Sciences context credit
  • one elective credit

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BSc with Major

  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • PHYS 1P21 or 1P91
  • PHYS 1P22 or 1P92
  • MATH 1P01 and 1P02, or MATH 1P05 and 1P06 (recommended)
  • one Humanities or Social Sciences context credit
  • one elective credit

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Department of Computer Science

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Applied Computing

Computers have a presence in almost all workplaces. You can improve your employability by including this minor with your major area of study.

Study multimedia manipulation, computer applications, integrity and literacy in the information age, computer troubleshooting, computer programming, and web design and development. This minor provides all these options without the requirement of university-level mathematics.

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Computer Science

We’ll prepare you for a career in Information Technology (IT), an industry that is transforming our world and workplaces. You’ll study data structures, operating systems, database systems, industry-standard programming languages, software engineering and user interfaces.

You can take specialized courses in object-orientation, computer graphics, intelligent systems, computer networks, advanced Internet, neural networks, computer music (digital music), parallel computing and compiler construction. The honours program offers two concentrations: Software Engineering focuses on programming and systems analysis for application development. Intelligent Systems focuses on making computers solve problems that normally require human intelligence to solve.

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Computer Science

  • COSC 1P02, 1P03 and 1P50
  • MATH 1P66 and 1P67
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit
  • one-half elective credit

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Computer Science Co-op

  • COSC 1P02, 1P03 and 1P50
  • MATH 1P66 and 1P67
  • SCIE 0N90
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit
  • one-half elective credit

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Combined Major Computer Science and another Science

  • COSC 1P02 and 1P03
  • MATH 1P66 and 1P67
  • one MATH credit
  • one credit in the co-major discipline
  • one Social Sciences context credit

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Combined Major Computer Science and Physics

  • PHYS 1P21 or 1P91 (recommended)
  • PHYS 1P22 or 1P92 (recommended)
  • COSC 1P02 and 1P03
  • MATH 1P01 and 1P02, or MATH 1P05 and 1P06 (recommended)
  • MATH 1P66, and 1P67
  • one Humanities context credit or Social Sciences context credit

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Combined Major Computer Science and Humanities or Social Science

  • COSC 1P02 and 1P03
  • MATH 1P66 and 1P67
  • one credit in the co-major discipline
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit

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Combined Major Computer Science and Visual Arts

  • COSC 1P02 and 1P03
  • VISA 1P95, 1P96, 1Q98 and 1Q99
  • MATH 1P66 and 1P67
  • one Social Sciences context credit

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Combined Major Computer Science and Economics

  • COSC 1P02 and 1P03
  • ECON 1P91 and 1P92
  • MATH 1P66, 1P67, 1P97 and 1P98
  • one Humanities context credit

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Combined Major BA Computer Science and Geography

  • COSC 1P02 and 1P03
  • GEOG 1F90
  • MATH 1P66 and 1P67
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one elective credit

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Combined Major BSc Computer Science and Geography

  • COSC 1P02 and 1P03
  • GEOG 1F91
  • MATH 1P66 and 1P67
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit

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Computer Science and Mathematics

This exciting program will allow you to combine your interests in mathematics and computer science and provide you with a unique work experience.

The 4.5-year program combines the strengths of our Computer Science program with our Mathematics program, showing you how to apply what you learn in Mathematics by using technology.

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Computer Science and Mathematics

  • COSC 1P02, 1P03 and 1P50
  • MATH 1P66 and 1P67
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit
  • one-half elective credit

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Computer Science and Mathematics Co-op

  • COSC 1P02, 1P03 and 1P50
  • MATH 1P66 and 1P67
  • SCIE 0N90
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit
  • one-half elective credit

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Computing and Business

Our program provides a unique foundation in business practices for computing professionals. The program begins with core courses in computer programming, basic data structures and computer organization, augmented by courses in accounting, management and economics.

In upper years, you’ll study databases, advanced data structures, operating systems, computing ethics, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing and organizational behaviour, and software engineering.

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Computing and Business

  • COSC 1P02, 1P03 and 1P50
  • MGMT 1P93 and 1P96
  • ECON 1P91 and 1P92
  • MATH 1P66, 1P67 and 1P97

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Computing and Business Co-op

  • COSC 1P02, 1P03 and 1P50
  • ACTG 1P91
  • MGMT 1P93 and 1P96
  • ECON 1P91 and 1P92
  • MATH 1P66 and 1P67
  • SCIE 0N90

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Computing and Network Communications

We’ve teamed up with the School of Applied Computing and Engineering Sciences at Sheridan College to develop a program where you may complete your Brock degree and a three-year diploma in Telecommunications Technology from Sheridan College in just 4.5 years.

The program caters to the demand for professionals with a solid foundation in software development, as well as practical technical skills in system security, telecommunications, network analysis and administration. You’ll spend three terms at Brock studying the foundations of computer science, followed by three terms at Sheridan College studying network communications in a hands-on environment. The final two terms alternate between Brock and Sheridan.

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Computing and Network Communications

  • COSC 1P02, 1P03 and 1P50
  • MATH 1P66, 1P67 and 1P97
  • SCIE 0N90
  • one Social Sciences context credit
  • one elective credit

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Computing and Solid-State Device Technology

This degree prepares you for an exciting career in computer technology by tackling computing from the hardware perspective.

If you like math and physics, love to think and have an urge to take apart your computer to figure out how it works, this cutting-edge program is right for you. The program emphasizes practical aspects of computing and the use of computer-based and other solid-state electronic devices in control, manufacturing and research.

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Computing and Solid-State Device Technology

  • PHYS 1P21 or 1P91 (recommended)
  • PHYS 1P22 or 1P92 (recommended)
  • COSC 1P02 and 1P03
  • MATH 1P01 and 1P02, or MATH 1P05 and 1P06 (recommended)
  • MATH 1P66 and 1P67
  • one Humanities context credit or one Social Sciences context credit

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Department of Earth Sciences

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The Department of Earth Sciences offers four-year programs of study leading to a BSc Honours in Earth Sciences, BSc Honours in Environmental Geoscience, a BSc with Major in Earth Sciences, a BSc with Major in Environmental Geoscience and a BSc Pass degree program. In addition, five-year Co-op programs leading to a BSc Honours degree in Earth Sciences or Environmental Geoscience are available.

Our graduates work in a wide range of fields, ranging from environmental companies to conservation authorities to mining or exploration companies. The four-year BSc Honours in Earth Sciences as well as the BSc Honours in Environmental Geoscience are dedicated to graduating high-quality geoscientists proceeding toward registration as a Professional Geoscientist (PGeo).

The PGO is the licensing and regulatory body for Ontario Geoscientist. Similar regulatory bodies exist in all Canadian Provinces. As stated on their website, “the mandate of the PGO is to serve and protect the public interest by governing the practice of professional geoscience in Ontario. To accomplish this the Province of Ontario has entrusted PGO with the responsibility to register geoscientists, admit only qualified persons who pass standards of knowledge and experience, maintain standards of practice and ethics, respond to complaints concerning our members, discipline when necessary and encourage continuing professional competence.”

In short, if you want to work as a geoscientist you will want to become a member of the PGO. Our programs ensure that you fulfill the educational requirements to join. While at Brock, you can become a student member of the PGO. To become a full member, you will need to work as a geoscientist in training post-graduation for a specified time period.

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Well, beyond 1st the year courses, most courses in Earth Sciences have enrollments of between 20-40 students. Virtually all of them have labs. We believe that hands-on, experiential experience is a vital part of becoming a competent Earth Scientist. Because enrollments are relatively low, you will get to know your profs quite well. There will be opportunities for individualized projects as well as the chance to participate in research projects of some faculty members. Many of our graduate students are former undergraduates who decided to stay on and work on a master’s degree.

Then don’t hesitate to email either Astride or Frank with your questions. We’ll do our best to get back to you with answers. Please put “Open House” into the subject line to help us out.

Watch faculty introduce modules in our online Planetary Science course.

Each of these modules is relevant to the study of Earth Sciences.

Earth Sciences

The Earth Sciences program trains geoscientists — scientists who study the Earth and other planets in order to better understand their origin and history.

We know the Earth’s history reasonably well, and that knowledge has helped us to discover natural resources, such as oil and gas, economic minerals and metals, and to understand phenomena, such as global climate change and volcano and earthquake hazards. The geological knowledge derived from the Earth also helps us to better understand other solar system bodies. Two of our professors are planetary geologists, including Dr. Mariek Schmidt who is a member of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Project that operates the rover Curiosity as it explores Gale Crater. Brock’s program is designed to comply with the educational requirements for initial registration as a geoscientist-in-training, the licensing classification that leads to the PGeo designation established by the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.

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Earth Sciences

  • ERSC 1P01 and 1P02
  • BIOL 1P91 and 1P92
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • MATH 1P97 and 1P98
  • one Humanities or Social Sciences context credit

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Earth Sciences Co-op

  • ERSC 1P01 and 1P02
  • BIOL 1P91 and 1P92
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • MATH 1P97 and 1P98
  • one Humanities or Social Sciences context credit

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Earth Sciences and Biological Sciences

  • ERSC 1P01 and 1P02
  • BIOL 1P91, 1P92 and 1P96
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • MATH 1P97
  • one Humanities context credit or one Social Sciences context credit

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Earth Sciences and Chemistry

  • ERSC 1P01 and 1P02
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • MATH 1P01 and 1P02, or MATH 1P05 and 1P06 (recommended)
  • PHYS 1P21 or 1P91 (recommended)
  • PHYS 1P22 or 1P92 (recommended)
  • one Humanities context credit or one Social Sciences context credit

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Earth Sciences and Geography

  • ERSC 1P01 and 1P02
  • GEOG 1F91 and 2P21
  • BIOL 1P91 and 1P92
  • MATH 1P97
  • one Social Sciences context credit (GEOG 1F90 strongly recommended)

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Environmental Geoscience

Environmental geoscientists apply their unique understanding of the Earth’s composition, structure and physical processes to protect the environment and predict geologic and hydrologic hazards.

New geoscientists, trained in environmental disciplines, are required to meet environmental and resource management challenges. Current trends suggest that in North America, employment in the environmental geoscience disciplines will grow faster than the average for other occupations. Brock’s program is designed to comply with the educational requirements for licensing as a geoscientist-in-training, the licensing classification that leads to the PGeo designation, established by the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.

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Environmental Geoscience

  • ERSC 1P01 and 1P02
  • BIOL 1P91 and 1P92
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • MATH 1P97 and 1P98
  • one Humanities or Social Sciences context credit

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Environmental Geoscience Co-op

  • ERSC 1P01 and 1P02
  • BIOL 1P91 and 1P92
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • MATH 1P97 and 1P98
  • one Humanities or Social Sciences context credit

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Department of Mathematics

Many of our graduates work in the fields of Statistics and Data Science at companies like Aviva, Sports Analytics and integrate.ai. You may have heard of “Big Data.” Companies and governments need employees trained in the statistical analysis of large data sets to help make decisions. Other graduates are employed through Mathematical Modelling including Mathematical Finance. Many have careers at banks like Royal Bank of Canada or firms such as Sun-Life Financial or Apotex. Some of our graduates become teachers, educational workers, or professors at post-secondary institutions. And while many of our graduates fall into these three categories, every student has their own unique trajectory. To assist with this, we can help develop skills like critical thinking, programming ability and the use of technology to ask and answer questions.

First year lectures in our courses are usually between 80 – 100 students. Many courses have weekly lab sessions with a Teaching Assistant that is typically around 30 students. In upper years, classes can be as small as 20 students. We have a collaborative culture where students, faculty, and staff support each other. Professors will know students by name.

In the fall term, our majors will take two mathematics courses: Math 1P01 Calculus Concepts I and Math 1P11 Linear Algebra I. Some students also take Math 1P66 Mathematical Reasoning. In the winter term, students typically take Math 1P02 Calculus Concepts II and Math 1P40 MICA I: A course which introduces the use of programming to learn and do mathematics.

There is a Mathematics Co-op and a Statistics Co-op. Brock partners with employers throughout Ontario and across Canada to give employment experience for our students.

Many options exist for combining majors including a Mathematics and Computer Science Co-op program. If you are interested in a double major, we highly recommend contacting your Academic Advisor to help plan your course selection year by year.

We offer minors both in Mathematics and Statistics.

Details can be found in our Brock Course Calendar

Mathematics and Statistics

This exciting mathematics program is flexible, innovative and provides opportunities for students to work with leading researchers to gain academic and employment experience.

Choose from a broad range of courses or concentrations in pure mathematics (development of mathematical ideas and concepts for their own sake), applied mathematics (mathematics for applications in science, engineering, economics or business), statistics (experimental design, sampling methods and data analysis techniques), MICA (mathematics coupled with modern computer software applications) or mathematics education. For exceptional students, there is also an Accelerated Mathematics Studies stream where you can complete a four-year honours degree in any concentration in as little as three years.

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Mathematics and Statistics

  • MATH 1P01, 1P02 and 1P11
  • MATH 1P40 or 1P66
  • three elective credits

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Accelerated Mathematics

  • MATH 1P01, 1P02, 1P11, 2P03 and 2P12
  • MATH 1P40 or 1P66
  • MATH 2P08 or 2P40
  • one and one-half MATH credits numbered 1(alpha)00 or above (see program notes 1, 2 and 7)
  • two elective credits

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Mathematics Co-op/Statistics Co-op

  • MATH 1P01, 1P02, 1P11 and 1P40
  • three elective credits

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Department of Physics

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Essentially, physics is a degree in problem solving. Some students will graduate and continue in a physics related field such as material manufacturing, research and development and academia. Some engineering companies even hire physicists to check over the mechanics of their engineering teams as physicists take more streamlined courses than engineering students and can provide insight.

Physics students are also appealing to employers who you might not think hire physicists such as banks, as physicists have the ability to do the complex math required for these jobs without having bias from learning the subject in a classroom setting. Graduates also do well on tests such as the MCAT for medical school and LSAT for law school.

Brock has a small physics department, this means that over the course of your degree you will get to know each of the professors very well. The professors are all very approachable and generally have an open door policy so help is always available.

The Brock Physics department also has a student lounge located in MC B203. In this room students from first up to fourth year hang out with friends, work on assignments, eat lunch, and have fun between classes. This is also the room where faculty, staff, and teaching assistants make coffee and heat up lunches etc. This makes it very easy for students of all years to ask questions to their piers, upper year students, their teaching assistants or other faculty members as well

The smaller department also means more opportunities (see co-op section)

Like any university program there will be a jump from highschool. Brock physics does a good job in the introductory physics courses (especially first semester) to spend most of the time reviewing concepts from highschool. This puts everyone on a level playing field and makes sure that everyone especially physics majors have a good understanding of the basics. This also gives students a semester to adjust to the pace of university, how to prioritize assignments, and schedule time for relaxation while keeping up school work.

In second semester students will take PHYS 1P94. This is the only first year physics course that goes beyond what would have been studied in highschool and is a good introduction to the type of thinking and questions that will come up in upper year courses. This will require more time than say the first semester physics course but at this point you are more used to the university lifestyle and it will help ease the jump felt when students move from the ‘review’ feeling of first year to the entirely new and unexpected jump to second year – felt in any program.

Minors can be done, but you do have some freedom with which courses you can take in upper years anyway. Unless you want your degree to say with a minor in, I advise you to look at these options or what courses you can fit in your schedule as it. Most professors will give over rides if you do not have the pre-requisites, which you would be forced to take going the minor route. This generally adds about one year to your studies (or requires you to work through the summers provided the courses you require are running)

Physics crosses over a lot with other sciences. There are subjects such as biophysics etc that combine the studies of multiple fields. As a physicist you would study these concepts using physics as your primary direction but requires an in depth knowledge of the other subject as well. Most of the time this is not done at the undergraduate level. Minors generally do not give you connections between the subjects and can feel disjointed. At the graduate level interdisciplinary studies like Biophysics do not require a biophysics undergraduate degree either, you learn what you need at the graduate level. Study the subject that you want to spend your life doing and then the rest will fall into place.

The goal of the “Minor in Physics” program is to introduce students in other disciplines to the fundamental concepts of various branches of physics and their applications. The new program would provide students with a firm background and practical skills necessary for the pursuit of a wide range of professional activities in science and non-science related fields. The problem-solving skills and critical thinking that the students will learn in this program will be of great value in many cross-disciplinary professions. The program would serve the needs of students, who would like to gain some knowledge in the field of Physics, without having to go through the full rigour of a major or a combined major program. Most disciplines do not have a combined major program with Physics. The minor program will offer the students from these disciplines an opportunity to gain some knowledge of Physics with an official acknowledgement in their transcript.

Yes! there are a lot of jobs to get right out of a 3 or 4 year degree in physics (see above), however, most of these jobs are not in physics. If you want a job in physics you will generally require a masters degree or higher.

It has been found that sometimes it is difficult to find a placement for physics co-op students as many employers require higher degrees but the Co-op department at Brock has been very successful at placing students with appropriate employers.

That being said, because Brock has such a small physics department faculty is always looking for students to do research over the summer months. While this is not a co-op placement there are funds in the form of scholarships/grants (non taxable) or stipends from the university or the potentially the professor themselves. Even if professors do not have any available funds for you in the summer after first year you can still spend some time in a lab, learn about a branch of physics, gain some valuable skills. Come the next summer you can stay with the same professor or potentially move on to a different field of study with a different professor – and again try to get some funding.

Biophysics

Biophysics is the physics of life, of all living systems and their interaction with their surroundings, both natural and artificial. It is a rapidly advancing field, encompassing a wide variety of areas in natural and life sciences.

Biophysics uses all methods of scientific inquiry — theory, experiment and large-scale computer simulation — to understand living systems at the molecular level. Biophysics also forms the basis of many aspects of medical physics, another rapidly developing field in much demand right now. Brock’s Biophysics program will provide you with a superb learning environment and exciting research opportunities. Extended research opportunities are available through Brock’s participation in the Biophysics Interdepartmental Group (BIG), based at the University of Guelph.

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Program name

  • BIOL 1P91 and 1P92
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • MATH 1P01 and 1P02, or MATH 1P05 and 1P06 (recommended)
  • PHYS 1P21 and 1P22, or PHYS 1P91 and 1P92 (recommended)
  • one Humanities context credit or one Social Sciences context credit

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Engineering Science

This new opportunity will allow every student to learn the skills it takes to change things. We believe engineering is about making life better for everyone and protecting the environment for generations to come. Engineering Science at Brock is focused on solving problems with creativity, courage and compassion. Learn skills such as dealing with climate change, addressing global hunger, making clean water a human right, getting plastics out of the oceans and generating 100% renewable energy. This minor may be added to any program of study.

Physics

State-of-the-art equipment and internationally recognized faculty and research projects make our department a dynamic and exciting place.

Studies concentrate on various aspects of solid-state and materials research, from superconductors to soft-condensed matter systems. Our undergraduate students are involved in research — some have even published papers before graduation.

Students conducting experiment

Physics / Physics Co-op

  • PHYS 1P21 or 1P91 (recommended)
  • PHYS 1P22 or 1P92 (recommended)
  • PHYS 1P94
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92 (see program note 2)
  • MATH 1P01 and 1P02, or MATH 1P05 and 1P06 (recommended)
  • MATH 1P11 (see program note 2)
  • one Humanities context credit or Social Sciences context credit

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Co-op — Learn more at the Web Calendar

Combined Major Physics and Biological Sciences

  • PHYS 1P21 or 1P91 (recommended)
  • PHYS 1P22 or 1P92 (recommended)
  • BIOL 1P91 and 1P92
  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • MATH 1P01 and 1P02, or MATH 1P05 and 1P06 (recommended)
  • one Humanities context credit or one Social Sciences context credit

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Combined Major Physics and Computer Science

  • PHYS 1P21 or 1P91 (recommended)
  • PHYS 1P22 or 1P92 (recommended)
  • COSC 1P02 and 1P03
  • MATH 1P01 and 1P02, or MATH 1P05 and 1P06 (recommended)
  • MATH 1P66, and 1P67
  • one Humanities context credit or Social Sciences context credit

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Combined Major Physics and Mathematics

  • PHYS 1P21 or 1P91 (recommended)
  • PHYS 1P22 or 1P92 (recommended)
  • MATH 1P01 and 1P02, or MATH 1P05 and 1P06 (recommended)
  • MATH 1P11 and 1P40
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit

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Combined Major Physics and Chemistry

  • CHEM 1P91 and 1P92 (see program note 6)
  • MATH 1P01 and 1P02, or MATH 1P05 and 1P06 (recommended)
  • PHYS 1P21 or 1P91 (recommended)
  • PHYS 1P22 or 1P92 (recommended)
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit

Learn more at the Web Calendar

Game Programming

Video games are an increasingly important part of contemporary life and entertainment. The GAME program prepares students to share and even lead in the creation of games — from the programming that makes a game work, to the design and realization of dynamic experiences, and the planning and management of production processes.

GAME is offered concurrently at Brock and Niagara College. The program provides opportunities to explore the game space from every angle. You’ll gain a broad understanding of this complex field as you look at game programming, multiple game engines, game platforms, and various design and production paradigms. You’ll also examine core issues that surround games such as play, agency, narrative, dynamics and immersion. Intensive production courses are offered in Years 2, 3 and 4 of the program. In these courses you’ll work on collaborative teams to create game components, prototypes and fully realized games.

Meet one of our students — Agusia Krzywinska

Game Programming

  • COSC 1P02 and 1P03
  • CPCF 1F25
  • IASC 1P04 and 1P05
  • MATH 1P66 and 1P67
  • BTGD 1P11/9811, 1P22/9822 (Niagara College courses)

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Sciences

Create a custom program for yourself. This program has been designed for individuals wishing to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue further undergraduate and graduate studies, or careers in the sciences in a personalized and flexible way.

You may complete your degree within the program or use it as a foundation to join another program of your choice in the health, life or natural sciences.

Students in lab

Sciences — Honours

  • One Humanities context credit
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit
  • ten additional credits from Mathematics and Science
  • seven elective credits

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Sciences — Pass

  • One Humanities context credit
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit
  • seven additional credits from Mathematics and Science
  • five elective credits

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