How do things work? What can we create? Physics is the study of matter, energy, space and time. It’s a pathway to careers in the sciences and engineering.

Why study physics at Capilano University?

The study of physics helps us understand the world around us. Without it, we wouldn’t have much of the technology we take for granted today, from solar panels to flat-screen TVs and the internet.

All careers in the sciences, health sciences or engineering require a solid foundation in physics. CapU offers a range of courses to help you acquire the skills and credits needed to advance in your area of study.

And if you’re interested in the universe, consider our astronomy courses to explore celestial objects within and beyond the solar system.

Small classes, quality instruction

Our small class sizes and individualized attention can make a world of difference when studying complex matters.

You’ll spend significant time in the physics lab conducting experiments. You’ll learn how to take and record measurements in a lab setting, how to analyze and evaluate data, and how to communicate results in a scientific manner.

Career paths and further education

Physics courses are often required for majors in the sciences or engineering. They are a core component of Bachelor of Science degree, the associate of science degrees and engineering programs at CapU.

The study of physics strengthens quantitative reasoning and problem-solving skills. It’s a great preparation for any career – particularly within a technical field – because you’ll learn how to analyze and solve complicated problems. Future careers may include engineering, teaching, medicine, law, cosmology or astrophysics. 

Related programs

Physics and astronomy courses can be applied to many CapU programs, including:

Physics labs

Find all the information you need to know about upcoming labs, including manuals and other requirements, on the physics department website. This site also provides access to student resources, including course information and a 360-degree view of a first-year physics lab.


Angela Yee
Divisional Supervisor School of STEM
School of STEM
Mathematics & Statistics
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Computing and Data Science

604 983 7599 ext. 7599
Fir Building, room FR471a
Bruno Tomberli B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD
Instructor, Physics
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of STEM

604 986 1911 ext. 2444
Fir Building, room FR485
Bryan Edgecombe
Lab Technician III
School of STEM

604 986 1911 ext. 3006
Fir Building, room FR302C
Derek Howell B.Sc., PhD
Lab Supervisor, Physics
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of STEM

604 983 7571 ext. 7571
Fir Building, room FR302C
Kory Stevens
Lab Supervisor, Instr. Physics
School of STEM
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 3590
Fir Building, room FR302C
Lauren Moffatt
Convenor, Physics/ Instructor, Physics
School of STEM
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 3410
Fir Building, room FR483

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About this program

Physics & Astronomy Department
604 984 4955
Fir Building, room FR471

General inquiries

Student Information Services
Library Building, room LB152

604-984-1798 (fax)