BS in Physics
Units required for Major: 74-76
Physics is the most fundamental science and underlies our understanding of nearly all areas of science and technology. In a broad sense, physics is concerned with the study of energy, space, and matter, and with the interactions between matter and the laws that govern these interactions. More specifically, physicists study mechanics, heat, light, electric and magnetic fields, gravitation, relativity, atomic and nuclear physics, and condensed matter physics.
The BS degrees are recommended for students seeking a career in the technology sector or planning to pursue a graduate degree.
Note: Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics will not be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement. Students who change major may be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement.
|Required Lower Division Courses (37 Units)|
|CHEM 1A||General Chemistry I||5|
|CHEM 1B||General Chemistry II||5|
|MATH 30||Calculus I||4|
|MATH 31||Calculus II||4|
|MATH 32||Calculus III||4|
|MATH 45||Differential Equations for Science and Engineering||3|
|PHYS 11A||General Physics: Mechanics||4|
|PHYS 11B||General Physics: Heat, Light, Sound, Modern Physics||4|
|PHYS 11C||General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism||4|
|Required Upper Division Courses (33-36 Units)|
|PHYS 105||Mathematical Methods in Physics||3 - 4|
|or MATH 105A||Advanced Mathematics for Science and Engineering I|
|PHYS 106||Introduction to Modern Physics||3|
|PHYS 110||Classical Mechanics||3|
|PHYS 115||Electronics and Instrumentation||3 - 4|
|or PHYS 145||Optics|
|PHYS 124||Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics||3|
|PHYS 135||Electricity And Magnetism||3|
|PHYS 136||Electrodynamics of Waves, Radiation,and Materials||3|
|PHYS 150||Quantum Mechanics||3|
|PHYS 151||Advanced Modern Physics||3|
|PHYS 156||Classical and Statistical Mechanics||3|
|PHYS 175||Advanced Physics Laboratory||2|
|PHYS 191||Senior Project||1 - 2|
|Elective Upper Division Requirements (3 Units)|
|Select three units of upper-division coursework chosen in consultation with an advisor 1||3|
|Physics Colloquium Attendance|
|Fulfill a minimum attendance requirement 2|
See list below for a list of Department approved electives.
Majors must fulfill a minimum attendance requirement at Department Colloquia. Students should consult with the Department for details.
- Students are required to complete 2 units for their Senior project (PHYS 191) either over one or two semesters
- Students with an interest in theoretical physics are encouraged to consider a minor in Mathematics.
|PHYS 115||Electronics and Instrumentation 3||4|
|PHYS 116||Advanced Electronics and Instrumentation||3|
|PHYS 142||Applied Solid State Physics||3|
|PHYS 145||Optics 3||3|
|PHYS 162||Scientific Computing: Basic Methods||3|
|PHYS 163||Scientific Computing: Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization||3|
|PHYS 199||Special Problems||1 - 3|
|ASTR 150||Dark Matter and Dark Energy||3|
|MATH 105B||Advanced Mathematics for Science and Engineering II||4|
If not used to satisfy other requirement of the degree (Example: PHYS 115 or PHYS 145 are required for the Bachelor of Science. If both are taken, one will count as an elective).