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University Catalog 2012-2013 
University Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Physics and Astronomy

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Physical Sciences 315
Phone: (323) 343-2100

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers undergraduate and graduate programs in physics, with opportunities for professional preparation in a variety of directions, including astronomy, astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, and nuclear physics.

Undergraduate programs include one leading to the Bachelor of Science degree, one leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree, and a minor in Physics for students majoring in other fields. The Bachelor of Science curricula include the general program without specialization and an option in Biophysics. The department also participates in the interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree program in Natural Science and in the subject matter preparation for the Single Subject Teaching Credential in Science. Although no specific option is offered in astronomy, astronomy courses are available as electives for other options.

The Faculty

Professors: Radi A. Al-Jishi, Konrad A. Aniol, Oscar O. Bernal, Edward H. Rezayi, Jose P. Rodriguez (Co-Chair), Susan Terebey (Chair),
Associate Professors: Milan B. Mijic,  Guo-Meng Zhao.
Assistant Professor: Albert Lee
Emeriti: Robert H. Carr, Berken Chang, Harold L. Cohen, Charles C. Coleman, Bruce Dayton, Martin B. Epstein, Perry S. Ganas, David T. Gregorich, Donald E. Hudson, Demetrius J. Margaziotis, Fernando B. Morinigo, Frieda A. Stahl, William A. Taylor, Hubert C. Winkler, John C. Woolum, Fleur Yano.

Departmental Honors Program

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers an honors program for qualified students. Students may apply in their junior year after completing PHYS 211–214. Candidates must maintain a B (3.0) grade point average both in their major and overall. Completion of the honors program requires 3 units of independent, research-oriented study (PHYS 396) 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.”

Programs for this Department:

Undergraduate Major

Physics, B.A. 
Physics, B.S. 
Undergraduate Minor

Physics Minor 
Graduate Major

Physics, M.S. 

Natural Science Credential Program 

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