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BS in Physics

The Department of Physics & Astronomy offers Bachelor’s of Science Degree in physics, which is the primary degree to prepare students for graduate work in physics. The program is characterized by close interactions between faculty members and students.


 

Required Courses:

PHYS 20474,   Physics I w/Lab
PHYS 20484,   Physics II w/Lab
PHYS 30493,   Physics III – Modern
PHYS 30491,   Physics III – Modern Lab

MATH 10524,   Calculus I
MATH 20524,   Calculus II
MATH 30524,   Calculus III
MATH 30613,   Differential Equations
COSC 10503,   Programing Eng/Sci
CHEM 10113,   General Chemistry
CHEM 10123,   General Chemistry w/Lab

Plus 24 units of physics selected from the following:

PHYS 30014, Materials Science
PHYS 30553, Mechanics
PHYS 30603, Thermal Physics
PHYS 30703, Digital Electronics
PHYS 30843, Biomedical Imaging
PHYS 40113, Quantum Mechanics
PHYS 40653, Electromagnetic fields
PHYS 40663, Electromagnetic Radiation and Optics
PHYS 50703, Nonlinear Dynamics
PHYS 50713, “Topics” in Physics
PHYS 50723, Solid State Physics
PHYS 50733, Computational Physics
PHYS 50743, Astrophysics
and either
PHYS 40103, Senior Research
PHYS 40003, Senior Honors Research

BOLD courses are recommended for students planning to attend graduate school

And 6 units of advanced mathematics:

Students planning to attend graduate school should take:
MATH 50613,   Partial Differential Equations
MATH 50623,   Applied Math I

TOTAL REQUIRED UNITS
Physics & Astronomy   36
Math                              22
Other                             16
REQUIRED:                   74
TOTAL HOURS:           124


 

Example 4-year schedule for students taking the Physics B.S. degree track.

 

 YEAR 1: FALL  YEAR 1: SPRING
 PHYS 20474: Physics I w/Lab  PHYS 20484: Physics II w/Lab
 MATH 10524: Calculus I  MATH 20524: Calculus II
 Core Class  COSC 10503: Programing Eng/Sci
 Core Class  Core Class
 YEAR 2: FALL  YEAR 2: SPRING
 PHYS 30493: Physics III – Modern  PHYS 30491: Physics III – Modern Lab
 CHEM 10113: General Chemistry  CHEM 10125: General Chemistry w/Lab
 MATH 30524: Calculus III  MATH 30224: Linear Algebra
 Core Class  Core Class
 YEAR 3: FALL  YEAR 3: SPRING
 PHYS 30553: Mechanics  PHYS 40113: Quantum Mechanics
 PHYS Elective  PHYS Elective
 MATH Elective  MATH Elective
 Core Class  Core Class
 YEAR 4: FALL  YEAR 4: SPRING
 PHYS 40653: Electromagnetic fields  PHYS 40663: E&M Radiation & Optics
 PHYS 30603: Thermal Physics  PHYS Elective
 Core Class  Core Class
 Core Class  Core Class