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2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Physical Sciences B.A.


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View information for the Department of Physics, Physical Sciences, and Geology , including Learning Objectives for the department and its programs.

This interdisciplinary degree prepares students for a greater diversity of professions requiring an understanding of the fundamentals of the physical sciences, including courses in: astronomy, chemistry, environmental sciences, geology, marine sciences, meteorology, and physics.

A student may pursue a Physical Sciences major by electing one of the following three concentrations: applied physics, earth and space sciences, or environmental sciences. The major may also be pursued without a concentration by completing sufficient upper-division units in two areas of interest chosen from astronomy, chemistry, environmental sciences, geology, marine science, and physics. Consult with a departmental adviser as to the areas of interest and to the proper selection of courses.

Students interested in environmental design, technical administration in government and industry, laboratory technology, legal work pertaining to patents, or scientific librarianship and journalism may elect this major as an opportunity to acquire an education tailored to their individual needs.

The Physical Sciences major whose interest is in marine geology and physical oceanography will be required to enroll in upper-division coursework at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories for fulfillment of major requirements. Please refer to the Marine Sciences section of the Graduate Catalog.

Physical Sciences majors interested in medical school, dental school, and other health professions such as pharmacy, physical therapy, or optometry should work out a plan of study as soon as possible with their major adviser and the Pre-Health Professions Committee. See the Pre-Health Professions section of this catalog within the Biological Sciences section.

Requirements


1. Complete University General Education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree.


(51 units minimum)

Click here to view General Education requirements. 

2. Complete the following prerequisites to the major:


(28 units)

3. Complete the major of not less than 24 upper-division units of physical sciences.


4. No courses graded CR may be counted toward the major except for 8 units taken in courses graded exclusively CR/NC.


5. No minor is required.


The Major


Complete upper-division courses of not less than 24 units by satisfying either 1 or 2 below:

  1. The student who pursues a Physical Sciences major without a concentration must select two areas of interest in Physical Sciences and complete upper-division courses of not less than 12 units from these areas. The student may, in consultation with the adviser, complete any other courses in Physical Sciences or Mathematics to meet the total required for the major of 24 upper-division units.
  2. The student also may pursue a Physical Sciences major by completing one of the following concentrations and other appropriate upper-division courses to satisfy the total required units for the major of 24 upper-division units 

The Concentrations


1. Applied Physics Concentration


Requirements


(25 units)

2. Select 12 upper-division units in Physical Sciences or Mathematics, in consultation with the adviser.

2. Earth and Space Sciences Concentration


Requirements


(24 units)

2. Select 12 upper-division units in physical sciences or mathematics, in consultation with the adviser.

One elective course may be chosen from the following:

3. Environmental Sciences Concentration


Requirements


(24 units)

1. Complete the upper-division requirements of the Environmental Sciences concentration

(13 units)

See the Environmental Sciences   page.

2. Select an additional 11 upper-division units of courses in consultation with the adviser.

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