Requirements

B.A. IN PHYSICS

Requirements (89 units)
Total units required for graduation: 180

Lower-division requirements (53 units)

  1. CHEM 215. General Chemistry I: Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding (6)
  2. CHEM 216. General Chemistry II: Principles of Chemical Reactions (6)
  3. MATH 211. Basic Concepts of Calculus (4)
  4. MATH 212. Calculus II (4)
  5. MATH 213. Calculus III (4)
  6. MATH 251. Multivariable Calculus I (4)
  7. MATH 252. Multivariable Calculus II (4)
  8. PHYS 221. General Physics I (5)
  9. PHYS 222. General Physics II (5)
  10. PHYS 223. General Physics III (5)
  11. PHYS 224. General Physics IV (3)
  12. PHYS 225. General Physics V (3)

Upper-division requirements (28 units)

  1. MATH 331. Linear Algebra (4)
  2. PHYS 306. Classical Mechanics I (4)
  3. PHYS 313. Electrodynamics I (4)
  4. PHYS 324. Statistical and Thermal Physics (4)
  5. PHYS 373. Mathematical Methods of Physics I (4)
  6. PHYS 421. Quantum Mechanics I (4)
  7. PHYS 430. Advanced Physics Laboratory (4)

Electives (8 units)

  1. Eight units chosen from upper-division physics courses selected with the approval of the department:
    • PHYS 307. Classical Mechanics II (4)
    • PHYS 314. Electrodynamics II (4)
    • PHYS 315. Introduction to Modern Optics (4)
    • PHYS 318. Materials Science and Engineering (4)
    • PHYS 370. Introduction to Astrophysics (4)
    • PHYS 422. Quantum Mechanics II (4)
    • PHYS 450. Solid State Physics (4)
    • PHYS 461. Introduction to Nuclear Physics (4)
    • PHYS 463. Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics (4)
    • PHYS 473. Mathematical Methods of Physics II (4)
    • PHYS 480A. Topics in Classical Physics: Mechanics (4)
    • PHYS 480B. Topics in Classical Physics: Electrodynamics (4)
    • PHYS 485. Topics in Contemporary Physics (1-4)
    • PHYS 573. Mathematical Methods of Physics III (4)
    • PHYS 590. Physics Seminar (1)
    • PHYS 595. Independent Study (1-6)

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