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Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Program

Two degrees are offered in Physics: a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). We also offer a minor in Physics. All three routes are described in tables below (see the undergraduate roadmap for details). In each case, the program has three components: a) lower division classes, b) upper division classes and c) research projects.

The minimum number of units for each bachelor degree is 120.

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Bachelor of Science (BS)
Lower division classes
Class Course Units
PHYS-151 Mechanics and Heat 4
PHYS-152 Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHYS-254 Modern Physics and Light 3
PHYS-255 Laboratory on Light & Modern Physics 1
CHEM-111A General Chemistry 5
CHEM-111B General Chemistry II 5
MATH-122 Calculus I 4
MATH-123 Calculus II 4
MATH-224 Calculus III 4
MATH-247 Linear Algebra 3
BIOL 200
or
BIOL 211
General Biology
or
Evolution and Diversity
4
Upper division classes
Class Course Units
ENGL-317 Technical Writing (only for B.Sc.) 3
MATH-364A Ordinary Differential Equations I (3) 3
MATH-ELEC A three unit class has to be chosen among the upper division Mathematics courses. 3
Take 33 units of upper division physics including:
PHYS-310 Analytic Mechanics I 3
PHYS-320 Thermodynamics 3
PHYS-340A Electricity and Magnetism I 3
PHYS-340B Electricity and Magnetism II 3
PHYS-350 Modern Physics 3
PHYS-360 Physics with Symbolic Algebra Software 3
PHYS-380 Electronics 4
PHYS-450 Quantum Physics I 3
Take one laboratory course chosen from:
PHYS 445, 446, 447, and 480
The remaining (up to 8) units are to be chosen from any upper division
physics course.

The requirements of the BS in Physics are one course short of a minor in Applied Mathematics

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Lower division classes
Class Course Units
PHYS-151 Mechanics and Heat 4
PHYS-152 Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHYS-254 Modern Physics and Light 3
MATH-122 Calculus I 4
MATH-123 Calculus II 4
MATH-224 Calculus III 4
Upper division classes
12 units of upper division physics (PHYS) courses.
12 units of science courses from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) or College of Engineering (COE) or EDSS-300c, EDSS-300m (College of Education).
Minor in Physics
Lower division classes
Class Course Units
PHYS-151 Mechanics & Heat 4
PHYS-152 Electricity & Magnetism 4
PHYS-254 Modern Physics and Light 3
Upper division classes
A minimum of 9 units in physics classes

Research Project for Undergraduates:

We encourage all undergraduate students, irrespective of their career choice, to participate in a project with one of the faculty (see the Research page for a list of faculty and their specializations). These projects generally take place during the semester or the summer. This is an excellent way to obtain hands-on experience through experimental or theoretical physics activities and get a taste of what beyond-the-classroom Physics is about.

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