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Physics and Astronomy

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

A conversation before a science project

Physics and Astronomy - PHYS Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Physics (code PHYSBS01) (120 units)

Requirements

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    • PHYS 254 Modern Physics and Light (3)
    • PHYS 255 Laboratory on Light & Modern Physics (1)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    • ENGL 317 Technical Writing (3)
  • Select one from the following:
    • BIOL 200 General Biology (4)
    • BIOL 211 Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • (BIOL 111 and 111L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11)

Upper Division:

  • Take the following course:
    • ENGL 317 Technical Writing (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • MATH 370A Applied Mathematics I (3)
    • MATH 364A Ordinary Differential Equations I (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • MATH 370B Applied Mathematics II (3)
    • MATH 461 Introduction to Complex Analysis (3)
  • Take 33 units of upper division physics including:
    • PHYS 310 Analytic Mechanics I (3)
    • PHYS 320 Thermodynamics (3)
    • PHYS 340A Electricity and Magnetism I (3)
    • PHYS 340B Electricity and Magnetism II (3)
    • PHYS 350 Modern Physics (3)
    • PHYS 360 Physics with Symbolic Algebra Software (3)
    • PHYS 380 Electronics (4)
    • PHYS 450 Quantum Physics I (3)
  • Take one laboratory course chosen from:
    • PHYS 445, 446, 476 and 480
  • The remaining (up to 8) units are to be chosen from any upper division physics courses.

Grade Requirements

Physics majors must have a “C” average in the major. Physics students must achieve a grade of “C” or better in each required course in the major. The following schedule is typical for an upper division major who is a full-time student.

Junior Year

  • Fall: PHYS 310, 320, 360; MATH 370A or 364A (or MATH 370B or 461; it is recommended that MATH 370A or 364A be taken before PHYS 310, if possible).
  • Spring: PHYS 340A, 350, 380; MATH 370B or 461 (if not taken previously).

Senior Year

  • Fall: PHYS 340B, 450.
  • Spring: Three upper division physics electives.

Bachelor of Arts in Physics (code PHYSBA01) (120 units)

Requirements

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    • PHYS 254 Applied Modern Physics (3)
    • PHYS 255 Laboratory on Modern Physics (1)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
  • Select one from the following:
    • BIOL 200 General Biology (4)
    • BIOL 211 Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • (BIOL 111 and 111L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11)

Upper Division:

  • Take the following:
    • A minimum of 24 units selected in consultation with Physics Department Undergraduate Advisor, at least 18 units of which must be in physics.
    • ENGL 317 Technical Writing (or approved equivalent) (3) (may be waived for students who achieved a standard score of 24 on the ACT English sub-test or who received an “A” or “B” grade in ENGL 100).

Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Physics (code 183)

Physics Concentration

The Physics Concentration meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Physics. Prospective students should consult the Single Subject Science Education Advisor in the Department of Science Education early to plan their program.

In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Credential, prospective Physics teachers are also required to complete 44 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete many of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be started as post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website (www.ced.csulb.edu/single-subject) for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures.

The Physics Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.

Requirements

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following:
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    • PHYS 254 Applied Modern Physics (3)
    • PHYS 255 Laboratory on Modern Physics (1)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    • ASTR 100 Astronomy (3)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    • GEOL 102 General Geology (3)
    • GEOL 104 Geology Laboratory (1)
    • GEOL 160 Introduction to Oceanography (3)
    • BIOL 211 Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • BIOL 212 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    • BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology and Physiology (4)
    • (BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, 213, 213L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11)

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following:
    • PHYS 310 Analytic Mechanics I (3)
    • PHYS 340A Electricity and Magnetism I (3)
    • PHYS 476 Modern Optics Laboratory (1)
    • SCED 403 Integrated Science (3)
    • SCED 404 Nature of Science Scientific Reasoning for Teachers (3)
    • EDSS 300C Introduction to Teaching - Science (3)
    • EDSS 450C Curriculum and Methods in Teaching Science (3)
    • EDSE 435 U.S. Secondary Schools: Interculture Educ (3)
    • EDSE 436 Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Classroom Management (3)
    • EDSE 457 Reading and Writing in Secondary School (3)
  • Select one course from each of the following pairs:
    • 1. MATH 364A Ordinary Differential Equations I (3)
    • MATH 370A Applied Mathematics I (3)
    • 2. PHYS 320 Thermodynamics (3)
    • PHYS 422 Statistical Physics (3)
    • 3. PHYS 380 Electronics (3)
    • PHYS 496 Special Problems in Physics (3)

Minor in Physics (code PHYSUM01)

Requirements

The Minor in Physics is available to any non-Physics major. A minimum of 20 units which must include the following.

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following:
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    • PHYS 254 Applied Modern Physics (3)
    • PHYS 255 Laboratory on Modern Physics (1)

Upper Division:

  • A minimum of 9 units in physics (PHYS 360 will not count)