Jul 04, 2022  
2020-2021 General Catalog 
2020-2021 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics, B.S.

The B.S. program is a thorough introduction to the principles of physics, providing a strong foundation for graduate study or industrial research. It is also intended for those students who wish to prepare for interdisciplinary studies on the graduate level in fields such as astronomy, atmospheric science, biophysics, environmental science, geophysics, materials science, and physical oceanography.

  Degree Requirements Unit  
  General education (48, 9 units in the major) 39  
  Major Requirements 72  
  University Electives 9  
  Total units needed for graduation 120  

Upper Division Physics Requirements

(Not required for Astrophysics concentration)

Physics Electives

To complete the 72 units required for the major, students must choose the remaining units from other upper division physics or astronomy courses including the recommended PHYS 491 - Capstone Preparatory Seminar. ASTR 303, ASTR 305, ASTR 331 and ASTR 350 are not allowed as electives for the BS-Physics General. ASTR 396 & PHYS 396 selected topics courses, will only apply if approved by an advisor. Astronomy courses may not double count towards the Physics Major and the Astronomy Minor. PHYS 494 can be taken three times for a maximum of three units.


Astrophysics Concentration  

Sample Four-Year Plan

Freshman Year (30 units)

Sophomore Year (30 Units)

Fall Semester (15 Units)

Junior Year (30 Units)

Fall Semester (15 Units)

Spring Semester (15 Units)

Senior Year (30 Units)

Fall Semester (16 Units)

Spring Semester (14 Units)