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Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences

General Physics Concentration

The major in physics with a concentration in general physics requires 30 units of required physics courses and 27- 28 units of advanced physics courses. See below for the additional non-physics and elective requirements. These must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. The core curriculum requirements must also be completed.

 

Required Courses (30 units)
PHYS 185 Introductory Seminar in Physics 1
PHYS 241, 242
or
PHYS 251, 252
General Physics I, II Calculus-based
or
Honors General Physics I, II
8
PHYS 243 General Physics III 4
PHYS 307 Introductory Mathematical Physics 3
PHYS 311 Modern Physics I 3
PHYS 341 Intermediate Physics Laboratory I 3
PHYS 351 Mechanics I 4
PHYS 354 Electricity and Magnetism 4

 

Non-physics Requirements (19–20 units)
CHEM 131
and
CHEM 131L
General Chemistry I Lecture
and
General Chemistry I Lab
4
CHEM 132
and
CHEM 132L
General Chemistry II Lecture
and
General Chemistry II Lab
4
MATH 273-274 Calculus I, II 8
MATH xxx* Upper-Division Mathematics Course 3-4

 

*Recommended mathematics electives are MATH 374, 379, 435–436.

 

Advanced Physics Courses (27–28 units)
PHYS 270 Computers in Physics 4
PHYS 312 Modern Physics II 3
PHYS 342 Intermediate Physics Laboratory II 3
PHYS 352 Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory 3
PHYS 385 Physics Seminar 1
PHYS 455 Introductory Quantum Mechanics 3
PHYS 495* Capstone Project in Physics 4

 

*The required 4.0 hours of PHYS 495 may be completed over two terms.

 

Electives (6-7 units)
At least one course from among the following:
PHYS 457 Solid State Physics 3
PHYS 459 Nuclear and Particle Physics 3
In addition, one upper-level elective course:
PHYS 335 Basic Electronics 4
PHYS 337 Digital Electronics 4
PHYS 361 Optics Fundamentals 4
ASTR 470 Selected Topics in Contemporary Astrophysics 3
PHYS 453 Physical Optics 3
PHYS 457 Solid State Physics 3

 

Suggested Course Schedule—General Concentration

By its very nature, physics is more hierarchical in its course structure than typical humanities or social science disciplines. Therefore, many courses depend heavily on prerequisite courses (such as calculus and general physics). Time required to prepare for calculus, such as taking MATH 119, must be added to the four-year minimum. Normally, progress in mathematics and general physics is the pacesetter.

 

Freshman Year
Fall Term (15 units)
Spring Term (15 units)
Course
Units
Course
Units
CHEM 131 General Chemistry I Lecture (3)
and
CHEM 131L General Chemistry I Lab (1)
4
CHEM 132 General Chemistry II Lecture (3)
and
CHEM 132L General Chemistry II Lab (1)
4
ENGL 102 or TSEM
3
ENGL 102 or TSEM
3
Core or Electives
3
PHYS 241 General Physics I
or
PHYS 251 Honors General Physics I
4
MATH 273 Calculus I
4
MATH 274 Calculus II
4
PHYS 185 Introductory Honors Seminar in Physics
1

Sophomore Year
Fall Term (14-16 units)
Spring Term (16 units)
Course
Units
Course
Units
MATH xxx Upper-Division Math Elective
3-4
PHYS 243 General Physics III
4
PHYS 270 Computers in Physics
4
PHYS xxx Physics Elective
3
PHYS 242 General Physics II
or
PHYS 252 Honors General Physics II
4
PHYS 307 Introductory Mathematical Physics
3
Core or Electives
3-4
Core or Electives
6

Junior Year
Fall Term (16 units)
Spring Term (17 units)
Course
Units
Course
Units
PHYS 311 Modern Physics I
3
PHYS 312 Modern Physics II
3
PHYS 341 Intermediate Physics Laboratory I
3
PHYS 342 Intermediate Physics Laboratory II
3
PHYS 351 Mechanics I
4
PHYS 354 Electricity and Magnetism I
4
Electives
6
PHYS 385 Physics Seminar
1
PHYS xxx Physics Elective
3
Electives
3

Senior Year
Fall Term (14 units)
Spring Term (15 units)
Course
Units
Course
Units
PHYS 455 Introductory Quantum Mechanics
3
PHYS 495 Capstone Project in Physics
2
PHYS 495 Capstone Project in Physics
2
Physics Elective
5
PHYS xxx Physics Elective
3
Physics and Other Electives
8
Advanced Writing Course
3
   
Electives
3

 

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