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 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 course with a lab component may be selected as credit/no credit.1
Note: Students intending to double major must consult the physics department chair, preferably prior to sophomore year.
|PHYS 141||General Physics IA||4|
|PHYS 132||General Physics II (B3 & B4) 1,2||4|
|PHYS 133||General Physics III 1||4|
|PHYS 202||Physics on the Computer||4|
|PHYS 206||Electronics and Instrumentation 1||4|
|PHYS 211||Modern Physics I||4|
|PHYS 212||Modern Physics II||4|
|PHYS 301||Thermal Physics I||4|
|PHYS 302||Classical Mechanics I||4|
|PHYS 320||Methods of Theoretical Physics I||4|
|PHYS 321||Methods of Theoretical Physics II||4|
|PHYS 340||Quantum Physics Laboratory I 1||2|
|PHYS 341||Quantum Physics Laboratory II 1||2|
|PHYS 405||Quantum Mechanics I||4|
|PHYS 408||Electromagnetic Fields and Waves I||4|
|PHYS 461||Senior Project I||2|
|PHYS 462||Senior Project II||2|
|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 206||Linear Algebra I||4|
|MATH 241||Calculus IV||4|
|MATH 242||Differential Equations I||4|
|Select from the following:||20|
|Physics Electives 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7|
|Select 11 units from the following:|
Any 300-400 level PHYS prefix course, or ASTR 444;
And two courses must be labs selected from:
|Quantum Physics Laboratory III|
|Advanced Instrumentation in Experimental Physics|
|Nonlinear Dynamical Systems|
|Polymer Electronics Laboratory|
|Solid State Physics Laboratory|
|Breadth Electives 1, 3, 4, 5, 6|
|Select 9 units from the following:|
|GENERAL EDUCATION (GE)|
|(See GE program requirements below.)||60|
Required in Major; also satisfies GE.
For students anticipating graduate work in physics, PHYS 303, PHYS 401, PHYS 406, PHYS 409, PHYS 424, and MATH 408 are suggested. PHYS 357 is suggested for students who anticipate becoming experimental physicists.
ASTR 444 can be used only once in the technical electives. If used to meet the Laboratory Technical Elective, excess units will go into Physics or Breadth Electives.
Excess units will count towards Breadth Elective units.
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||Math, Science, and Quantitative Reasoning|
|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||Society and the Individual|
|D1||The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)||4|
|D3||Comparative Social Institutions||4|
|Area E||Lifelong Learning and Self-Development|
Required in Major; also satisfies GE.