## Physics and Astronomy

### Undergraduate Degrees

#### Bachelor of Science in Physics

This program is intended primarily for students who are interested in a career in physics.Required lower division courses | Units | |
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CHEM 115aLbL** | Advanced General Chemistry | 4-4 |

MATH 125 | Calculus I | 4 |

MATH 126 | Calculus II | 4 |

MATH 226 | Calculus III | 4 |

MATH 245 | Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I | 4 |

PHYS 161L* | Advanced Principles of Physics I | 4 |

PHYS 162L* | Advanced Principles of Physics II | 4 |

PHYS 163L* | Advanced Principles of Physics III | 4 |

PHYS 190 | Freshman Colloquium |

Required upper division courses | Units | |
---|---|---|

MATH 445 | Mathematics of Physics and Engineering II | 4 |

PHYS 304 | Mechanics | 4 |

PHYS 316 | Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics | 4 |

PHYS 408ab | Electricity and Magnetism | 4-4 |

PHYS 438ab | Introduction to Quantum Mechanics and its Applications | 4-4 |

PHYS 440 | Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics | 4 |

PHYS 492L | Senior Laboratory | 4 |

PHYS 493L | Advanced Experimental Techniques | 4 |

Total units | 77 |

*PHYS 151L, PHYS 152L and PHYS 153L may be substituted for the sequence PHYS 161L, PHYS 162L and PHYS 163L.

**CHEM 105aLbL may be substituted for the sequence CHEM 115aLbL.

#### Bachelor of Science in Astronomy

This program is intended primarily for students who are interested in a career in astronomy.Required lower division courses | Units | |
---|---|---|

MATH 125 | Calculus I | 4 |

MATH 126 | Calculus II | 4 |

MATH 226 | Calculus III | 4 |

MATH 245 | Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I | 4 |

PHYS 161L* | Advanced Principles of Physics I | 4 |

PHYS 162L* | Advanced Principles of Physics II | 4 |

PHYS 163L* | Advanced Principles of Physics III | 4 |

Required upper division courses | Units | |
---|---|---|

ASTR 400 | The Solar System | 4 |

ASTR 410 | Stellar Astronomy | 4 |

ASTR 420 | Galaxies and Cosmology | 4 |

ASTR 440 | Astrophysics | 4 |

MATH 445 | Mathematics of Physics and Engineering II | 4 |

PHYS 304 | Mechanics | 4 |

PHYS 316 | Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics | 4 |

PHYS 408a | Electricity and Magnetism | 4 |

PHYS 438ab | Introduction to Quantum Mechanics and its Applications | 4-4 |

PHYS 493L | Advanced Experimental Techniques | 4 |

Total units | 72 |

*PHYS 151L, PHYS 152L and PHYS 153L may be substituted for the sequence PHYS 161L, PHYS 162L and PHYS 163L.

#### Bachelor of Science in Physics/Computer Science

This program is intended for students with dual interests in physics and computer science who wish to complete the essential courses for both majors within their normal four-year career.Required lower division courses | Units | |
---|---|---|

CSCI 101L | Fundamentals of Computer Programming | 3 |

CSCI 102L | Data Structures | 3 |

CSCI 200L | Object-Oriented Programming | 3 |

CSCI 201L | Principles of Software Development | 3 |

CSCI 271 | Discrete Methods in Computer Science | 3 |

EE 101 | Introduction to Digital Logic | 3 |

MATH 125 | Calculus I | 4 |

MATH 126 | Calculus II | 4 |

MATH 225 | Linear Algebra and Linear Differential Equations | 4 |

MATH 226 | Calculus III | 4 |

MATH 245 | Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I | 4 |

PHYS 151L | Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics | 4 |

PHYS 152L | Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism | 4 |

Required upper division courses | Units | |
---|---|---|

CSCI 303 | Design and Analysis of Algorithms | 3 |

CSCI 402x | Operating Systems | 3 |

EE 357 | Basic Organization of Computer Systems | 3 |

MATH 445 | Mathematics of Physics and Engineering II | 4 |

PHYS 304 | Mechanics | 4 |

PHYS 408ab | Electricity and Magnetism | 4-4 |

PHYS 438ab | Introduction to Quantum Mechanics and its Applications | 4-4 |

PHYS 495 | Senior Project | 2 |

Total units | 81 |

#### Bachelor of Arts in Physics

This program is intended for students with an interest in physics who may not intend to pursue a career in physics.Required lower division courses | Units | |
---|---|---|

CHEM 105aLbL** | General Chemistry | 4-4 |

MATH 125 | Calculus I | 4 |

MATH 126 | Calculus II | 4 |

MATH 226 | Calculus III | 4 |

MATH 245 | Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I | 4 |

PHYS 161L* | Advanced Principles of Physics I | 4 |

PHYS 162L* | Advanced Principles of Physics II | 4 |

PHYS 163L* | Advanced Principles of Physics III | 4 |

PHYS 190 | Freshman Colloquium | 1 |

Required upper division courses | Units | |
---|---|---|

MATH 445 | Mathematics of Physics and Engineering II | 4 |

PHYS 304 | Mechanics | 4 |

PHYS 316 | Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics | 4 |

PHYS 408a | Electricity and Magnetism | 4 |

PHYS 438a | Introduction to Quantum Mechanics and its Applications | 4 |

PHYS 492L | Senior Laboratory | 4 |

Choose one: | 4 | |

PHYS 408b | Electricity and Magnetism | |

PHYS 438b | Introduction to Quantum Mechanics and its Applications | |

PHYS 440 | Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics | |

PHYS 493L | Advanced Experimental Techniques | |

Total units | 65 |

*PHYS 151L, PHYS 152L and PHYS 153L may be substituted for the sequence PHYS 161L, PHYS 162L and PHYS 163L.

**CHEM 115aLbL may be substituted for the sequence CHEM 105aLbL.

#### Bachelor of Arts in Astronomy

This program is intended for students with an interest in astronomy who may not intend to pursue a career in the field.Required lower division courses | Units | |
---|---|---|

MATH 125 | Calculus I | 4 |

MATH 126 | Calculus II | 4 |

MATH 226 | Calculus III | 4 |

MATH 245 | Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I | 4 |

PHYS 161L* | Advanced Principles of Physics I | 4 |

PHYS 162L* | Advanced Principles of Physics II | 4 |

PHYS 163L* | Advanced Principles of Physics III | 4 |

Required upper division courses | Units | |
---|---|---|

ASTR 400 | The Solar System | 4 |

ASTR 410 | Stellar Astronomy | 4 |

ASTR 420 | Galaxies and Cosmology | 4 |

ASTR 440 | Astrophysics | 4 |

PHYS 304 | Mechanics | 4 |

PHYS 316 | Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics | 4 |

PHYS 493L | Advanced Experimental Techniques | 4 |

Total units | 56 |

#### Bachelor of Science in Biophysics

This program is intended for students with an interest in the interdisciplinary field of biophysics. The degree program provides the physics and biology background necessary for the field while simultaneously fulfilling medical school entrance requirements.Required lower division courses | Units | |
---|---|---|

BISC 120L | General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution | 4 |

BISC 220L | General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology | 4 |

CHEM 115aLbL* | Advanced General Chemistry | 4-4 |

MATH 125 | Calculus I | 4 |

MATH 126 | Calculus II | 4 |

MATH 226 | Calculus III | 4 |

MATH 245 | Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I | 4 |

PHYS 161L** | Advanced Principles of Physics I | 4 |

PHYS 162L** | Advanced Principles of Physics II | 4 |

PHYS 163L** | Advanced Principles of Physics III | 4 |

Required upper division courses | Units | |
---|---|---|

BISC 320L | Molecular Biology | 4 |

BISC 330L | Biochemistry | 4 |

BISC 421 | Neurobiology | 4 |

CHEM 322abL | Organic Chemistry | 4-4 |

MATH 445 | Mathematics of Physics and Engineering II | 4 |

PHYS 304 | Mechanics | 4 |

PHYS 316 | Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics | 4 |

PHYS 408a | Electricity and Magnetism | 4 |

PHYS 438a | Introduction to Quantum Mechanics and its Applications | 4 |

Total units | 84 |

*CHEM 105aLbL may be substituted for the sequence CHEM 115aLbL.

**PHYS 151L, PHYS 152L and PHYS 153L may be substituted for the sequence PHYS 161L, PHYS 162L and PHYS 163L.

#### Bachelor of Science in Physical Sciences

This program is intended for students with an interest in the physical sciences. The program is designed to allow students interested in teaching at the secondary level to enroll in courses required for the California Single Subject Teaching credential offered through the School of Education.Required lower division courses | Units | |
---|---|---|

CHEM 115aLbL** | Advanced General Chemistry | 4-4 |

GEOL 105L | Planet Earth | 4 |

PHYS 151L | Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics | 4 |

PHYS 152L | Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism | 4 |

PHYS 153L | Fundamentals of Physics III: Optics and Modern Physics | 4 |

Required upper division courses | Units | |
---|---|---|

Astronomy elective* | 4 | |

Chemistry elective* | 4 | |

Earth Science elective* | 4 | |

Physics elective* | 4 | |

Three additional electives from these fields* | 12 |

*Upper division courses must be applicable to majors in their respective departments.

**CHEM 105aLbL may be substituted for the sequence CHEM 115aLbL.

Other courses | Units | |
---|---|---|

MATH 125 | Calculus I | 4 |

MATH 126 | Calculus II | 4 |

MATH 226 | Calculus III | 4 |

Total units | 64 |

#### Department Requirements for a Minor in Physics

The physics minor is open to all students. Engineering students must take a minimum of three upper division courses unique to the minor.Required Courses | 28 Units | |
---|---|---|

MATH 125 | Calculus I | 4 |

MATH 126 | Calculus II | 4 |

MATH 226 | Calculus III | 4 |

MATH 245 | Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I | 4 |

PHYS 151L | Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics | 4 |

PHYS 152L | Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism | 4 |

PHYS 153L | Fundamentals of Physics III: Optics and Modern Physics | 4 |

Electives — choose 3 | 12 units | |
---|---|---|

PHYS 304 | Mechanics | 4 |

PHYS 316 | Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics | 4 |

PHYS 408a | Electricity and Magnetism | 4 |

PHYS 438a | Introduction to Quantum Mechanics and its Applications | 4 |

Total units | 40 |

#### Department Requirements for a Minor in Astronomy

The astronomy minor is open to all students. A minimum of three courses taken toward the minor must be unique to the minor.Required Courses | 24 units | |
---|---|---|

MATH 125 | Calculus I | 4 |

MATH 126 | Calculus II | 4 |

MATH 226 | Calculus III | 4 |

PHYS 151L | Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics | 4 |

PHYS 152L | Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism | 4 |

PHYS 153L | Fundamentals of Physics III: Optics and Modern Physics | 4 |

Electives — Choose 3 | 12 units | |
---|---|---|

ASTR 400 | The Solar System | 4 |

ASTR 410 | Stellar Astronomy | 4 |

ASTR 420 | Galaxies and Cosmology | 4 |

ASTR 440 | Astrophysics | 4 |

Total units | 36 |