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University Catalog 2016-2017 (ARCHIVED June 2017) 
    
University Catalog 2016-2017 (ARCHIVED June 2017) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics, B.S.


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The Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, which requires a total of  120 units, may be used as preparation for graduate work or as a qualifying degree for professional employment. Selection of electives in astronomy provides substantial background for students planning graduate study in that field.

Programs in physics are built on a foundation of high school studies in mathematics and physical sciences. For completion of a Bachelor of Science degree program in 8 semesters, high school preparation is recommended in physics, chemistry, geometry, trigonometry, and algebra (two years).

In planning their university programs, students who wish to prepare for graduate study in physics are advised to include 8 units of  a foreign language, a portion of which will earn general education credit. Student participation in research is strongly encouraged.

The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Physics is 120 units, of which  81-84 units are in the major depending on the option selected. Some of the required major classes can be double counted to fulfill University GE requirements. Consult with an advisor for the specific number of units required in all areas of the degree including GE and free electives.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers an honors program for qualified students. Students may apply in their junior year after completing PHYS  2100-2300.  Candidates must maintain a B (3.0) grade point average both in their major and overall. Completion of the honors program requires  2 units of independent, research-oriented study (PHYS 3960) and presentation of the work in a colloquium. Graduation with honors in Physics is conferred upon those students whom the faculty of the department deem worthy after presentation of the colloquium. Diplomas and transcripts of honors program graduates are designated: “Graduated with Departmental Honors in Physics.”

General Program


Requirements for the Major (81 units)


The major consists of  81 units in physics and related fields, of which 38 are in lower division and  43 in upper division courses. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses used to meet major requirements.

Option in Biophysics


The Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, Biophysics option, may be used as preparation for graduate work in biophysics or as a degree for professional employment.

Requirements for the Major (84 units)


The major with this option consists of 84 units in physics, biology, and related fields, of which  49 are in lower division and  35 in upper division courses. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses used to meet major and option requirements.

Electives (7-9 units)


Select upper-level courses in physics, chemistry,  biology, or a related subject with advisor approval. The total number of required and electives units must add up to a minimum of 84 units. 

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