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The Physics Major

The course requirements for a physics major are divided into three groups:

1. Core Courses are physics courses which form the core of the major.

2. Support and Elective Courses are courses in other academic disciplines that are needed to understand physics.

3. General Education Courses needed by every educated person.

The courses listed below are the current academic requirements for graduation. However, students are bound by the course requirements in effect at the date of their matriculation unless they file a general academic petition to substitute the current course requirements.

For a description of the contents of these courses see the Catalog listings, or for information about when they are taught see the How to Schedule listings.

CORE COURSES

A 2.0 cumulative GPA is required in core courses, including option courses for the major, in order to receive a degree in physics.

The following 69 units of courses are required of all physics majors.

Course Number Units
General Physics PHY 131
3
General Physics Laboratory PHY 131L
1
General Physics PHY 132
3
General Physics Laboratory PHY 132L
1
General Physics PHY 133
3
General Physics Laboratory PHY 133L
1
General Physics PHY 234
3
General Physics Laboratory PHY 234L
1
Elementary Modern Physics PHY 235
3
Elementary Modern Physics Laboratory PHY 235L
1
Fundamentals of Mathematical Physics PHY 308
4
Fundamentals of Mathematical Physics PHY 309
4
Physics of Electricity and Magnetic Phenomena PHY 314
4
Physics of Electricity and Magnetic Phenomena PHY 315
4
Mechanics PHY 321
4
Mechanics PHY 322
4
Thermal Physics PHY 333
4
Quantum Mechanics PHY 401
4
Quantum Mechanics PHY 402
4
Optics PHY 417
3
Optics Laboratory PHY 417L
1
Advanced Physics Laboratory PHY 430L
1
Solid State Physics Laboratory PHY 431L
1
Nuclear Physics Laboratory PHY 432L
1
Senior Project PHY 461
2
Senior Project PHY 462
2
Undergraduate Seminar PHY 463
2

SUPPORT AND ELECTIVE COURSES

The following 57 units of courses are required of all physics majors.

Course Number Units
General Chemistry CHM 122/122L
3/1
General Chemistry CHM 123/123L
3/1
   
Introduction to C++ CS 128
4
  or  
FORTRAN CS 125
4
   
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II MAT 115
4
Analytic Geometry and Calculus III MAT 116
4
Calculus of Several Variables MAT 214
4
Calculus of Several Variables MAT 215
4
Differential Equations MAT 216
4
   
Advanced Electives *  
12
Unrestricted Electives  
15

* To be chosen from upper division courses in Physics or related fields in consultation with advisor; at least 4 units of these must be in Physics.

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

The following 64 units of courses are suggested for physics majors in order to minimize the number of units required for graduation. However, any course on the universitiy's approved list or articulated transfer credit will meet the explicit general education requirement, but perhaps not some other prerequisite or graduation requirement.

Course Number Units
Area A    
   1. Freshman English I ENG 104 4
   2. Select one course from this area. 4
   3. Select one course from this area. 4
     
Area B    
   1. Analytic Geometry and Calculus MAT 114 4
   2. General Chemistry CHM 121/121L 3/1
   3. Life Science and Life Science Lab BIO 110/111L 3/1
         or    
        Basic Biology BIO 115/115L 3/2
   4. Select one course in consultation with advisor 4
     
Area C    
   1. Select one course from this area. 4
   2. Select one course from this area. 4
   3. Select one course from this area. 4
   4. Select one course from this area. 4
     
Area D    
   1. Introduction to American Government PLS 201 4
         and    
        U.S. History HST 202 4
   2. Select one course from this area. 4
   3. Select one course from this area. 4
   4. Select one course from this area. 4
     
Area E    
   Select one course from this area. 4


 
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