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2009-2010 Academic Catalog 
2009-2010 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Physics B.A./B.S.

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

The Physics curriculum gives students a thorough understanding of the fundamentals and modern applications of physics.  The Bachelor of Science program prepares the student for graduate school, a career in scientific research and development, or industrial work. It is also intended for students preparing for interdisciplinary studies at the graduate level in fields such as astronomy and astrophysics, atmospheric science, biophysics, engineering, environmental science, geophysics, or physical oceanography.

The Bachelor of Arts degree program is designed for students seeking to enter professions requiring a moderate training in physics. The lower-division requirements of both degree programs also may be used to prepare for study in engineering. After completion, the student may transfer to engineering programs for upper-division coursework and study in engineering.


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

(51 units minimum)

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2. Complete the following prerequisites to the major:

(32-35 units)

3. Complete the major

of not less than 25 upper-division units as specified for the Bachelor of Arts degree, or 35 upper-division units as specified for the Bachelor of Science degree. No courses graded CR may be counted towards the major except for eight units graded exclusively CR/NC.

4. Completion of a minor is not required.

The Bachelor of Arts Major

(25 units)

The Bachelor of Science Major

(37 units)

Environmental Sciences Concentration

A Physics major may complete additional requirements in the sciences and mathematics to qualify for a concentration in Environmental Sciences. This program requires study in biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physical sciences, along with an environmental seminar and investigation of an environmentally related problem. Further details are found in the Environmental Sciences  section of this catalog.

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