Department of Physics
Physical Sciences Building, Room 119
(909) 537-5397    http://physics.csusb.edu

Bachelor of Arts

  • Physics

Bachelor of Science

  • Physics
  • Applied Physics


  • Physics
  • Applied Physics

Traditionally, physics majors have gone on to graduate work in physics, high school teaching, or employment in industrial or government laboratories. Other opportunities which have recently become interesting for physics graduates include atmospheric physics (including air pollution studies), geophysics, radiation safety, oceanography, astrophysics, technical administration, biophysics, computer science and medical instrumentation development.

The program for a bachelor of arts degree in physics provides basic knowledge in the main subject areas of physics as well as an opportunity for students to elect a considerable number of courses in other disciplines. This is a good choice for students planning careers in high school teaching. The bachelor of science program includes additional course work in physics and related fields which further prepares a student for employment or graduate work.

The Applied Physics option is designed to prepare students for direct employment in high-technology firms upon graduation. For traditional design tasks, high-technology firms typically hire applied physicists with a flexible and creative technical ability who can address a wide range of technical problems and develop an experimental system to attack problems. A solid understanding of theoretical physics across the curriculum is required and the ability to design, interface and control experimental apparatus. Because the tasks that applied physicists perform in the industrial environment are primarily experimental in nature, this option includes a number of laboratory courses in addition to the theory curriculum core: PHYS 150. Introductory Electronics; CSE 201. Computer Science I; PHYS 350. Data Acquisition and Control; PHYS 352. Advanced Electronics; and PHYS 430. Advanced Physics Laboratory. The courses in the applied physics option prepare students to function effectively in the computer-based experimental environment that they face in research and development, testing or process control.

Pre-engineering - The campus provides a pre-engineering program that enables students to complete the first two years of courses generic to engineering. Students may then transfer to an accredited engineering program of their choice. The following courses have been recommended as appropriate transfer courses: CHEM 215, 216, MATH 211, 212, 213, 251, 252, PHYS 221, 222, 223, and selected courses in computer science and general education.

Students considering a physics or pre-engineering major should call the department office for advising.

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