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Physics and Astronomy

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)
    • MATH 247 Introduction to Linear Algebra (3)
  • Select one from the following:
    • BIOL 200 General Biology (4)
    • BIOL 211 Evolution and Diversity (4)
      • NOTE: BIOL 111, 111L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11.

Upper Division:

  • Take the following courses:
    • ENGL 317 Technical Writing (3)
    • MATH 364A Ordinary Differential Equations I (3)
  • Take one other upper-division mathematics course
  • Take all of the following:
    • PHYS 310 Analytic Mechanics (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 a major who is a full-time student.

Sophomore Year

  • Fall: PHYS 254, 255; MATH 224.
  • Spring: PHYS 360, 380; MATH 247.

Junior Year

  • Fall: PHYS 310, 320; MATH 364A.
  • Spring: PHYS 340A, 350; Upper division MATH elective.

Senior Year

  • Fall: PHYS 340B, 450.
  • Spring: Three upper division physics electives (one of which is a laboratory).