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

Physics, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science degree, which requires a total of 187 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 12 quarters, 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 12 units of French, German, or Russian, 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 187-196 units, of which 115-122 units are in the major depending on the option selected. Consult with an advisor for the specific number of units required in all areas of the degree including GE and free electives.

General Program

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 (122 units)

The major with this option consists of 122 units in physics, biology, and related fields, of which 65 are in lower division and 57 in upper division courses. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses used to meet major and option requirements.