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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Physics and Astronomy

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Physics (120 units)

Requirements

Lower Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 122.
  • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151; Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 123.
  • PHYS 254 Modern Physics and Light (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 152 or EE 210; Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 224.
  • PHYS 255 Laboratory on Light & Modern Physics (1)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: PHYS 254.
  • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: A passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination . (Credit in Chem 101 does not substitute for a passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination) and a "C" or better in MATH 113 or 117 or 119A or 122. One year of high school chemistry is strongly recommended. (Recommended for students who intend to pursue careers in science or engineering).
  • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 111A with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    Prerequisite: Appropriate MDPT placement or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 111 and 113, or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 117.
  • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 122.
  • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123 or 222.
  • MATH 247 Introduction to Linear Algebra (3)
    Prerequisite: MATH 123 or 222.

Select one from the following:

  • BIOL 200 General Biology (4)
    Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements.
  • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: CHEM 111A with a grade of "C" or better.

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)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, upper-division standing, and a previous composition course, i.e., ENGL 100, 101, 102, 300, or equivalents.
  • MATH 364A Ordinary Differential Equations I (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 222 or 224, and prerequisite or corequisite MATH 247.

Take one other upper-division mathematics course

Take all of the following:

  • PHYS 310 Analytic Mechanics (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151. Corequisite: MATH 364A or 370A.
  • PHYS 320 Thermodynamics (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 152. Prerequisite/Corequisite, PHYS 254.
  • PHYS 340A Electricity and Magnetism I (3)
    Prerequisites: PHYS 152, 310. Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 370A or 364A.
  • PHYS 340B Electricity and Magnetism II (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 340A.
  • PHYS 350 Modern Physics (3)
    Prerequisites: PHYS 310; MATH 370A or 364A.
  • PHYS 360 Physics with Symbolic Algebra Software (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 254. Prerequisite/Corerequisite: MATH 247.
  • PHYS 380 Electronics (4)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 152.
  • PHYS 450 Quantum Physics I (3)
    Prerequisites: PHYS 310, 340A, 350.

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).
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