Program Learning Objectives
- Demonstrate a good understanding of both the theoretical concepts and mathematical techniques of the major fields of physics: classical mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, and quantum physics.
- Work safely with modern laboratory equipment to carry out measurements and analyze data.
- Use computers to perform numerical computations, to simulate physical phenomena, and to collect and analyze data in the laboratory.
- Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Move successfully into graduate school or industry.
Degree Requirements and Curriculum
In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:
- 60 units of upper division courses
- Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
- 2.0 GPA
- U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)
Note: No major courses with a lab component may be selected as credit/no credit.1
|PHYS 141||General Physics IA||4|
|PHYS 132||General Physics II (B3 & B4) 1,2||4|
|PHYS 133||General Physics III 1||4|
|PHYS 206||Experimental Physics||3|
|PHYS 211||Modern Physics I||4|
|PHYS 212||Modern Physics II||4|
|PHYS 256||Electrical Measurements Laboratory 1||1|
|PHYS 301||Thermal Physics I||4|
|PHYS 302||Classical Mechanics I||4|
|PHYS 322||Vibrations and Waves||3|
|PHYS 405||Quantum Mechanics I||3-4|
|or PHYS 412||Solid State Physics|
|PHYS 461||Senior Project I||2|
|or PHYS 463||Senior Project - Laboratory Research I|
|Select from the following:||3-4|
|The Scientific Revolution, c. 1500-1800 (D5)|
|Philosophy of Science (C4)|
|Philosophy of Space, Time and Matter|
|Ethics in the Sciences|
|CHEM 124||General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering I||4|
|CHEM 125||General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering II||4|
|MATH 141||Calculus I (B1) 2||4|
|MATH 142||Calculus II (B1) 2||4|
|MATH 143||Calculus III||4|
|MATH 241||Calculus IV||4|
|MATH 244||Linear Analysis I||4|
|MATH/STAT elective (300-400 level; MATH 344 recommended)||4|
|Physics elective (300-400 level) 1,3||16|
|GENERAL EDUCATION (GE)|
|(See GE program requirements below.)||60|
|Free Electives (PHYS 202 recommended) 4||27-29|
Required in Major; also satisfies GE.
In addition, choose courses with the prefixes PHYS, ASTR or GEOL (but no more than 6 units from each of ASTR and GEOL).
Care must be taken when selecting electives to ensure compliance with the “60 units upper division” requirement.
General Education (GE) Requirements
- 72 units required, 12 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
- See the complete GE course listing.
- Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
|A3||Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing||4|
|Area B||Science and Mathematics|
|B1||Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Major) 1||0|
|B3||Physical Science (4 units in Major) 1||0|
|B4||One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course|
|Area C||Arts and Humanities|
|Area C elective||(Choose one course from C1-C5)||4|
|Area D/E||Society and the Individual|
|D1||The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)||4|
|D3||Comparative Social Institutions||4|
|D4||Self Development (CSU Area E)||4|
Required in Major.