Degree Requirements

Students majoring in physics or astronomy normally take PHYSICS 135-1,2,3 in their freshman year.  Qualified students may take PHYSICS 125-1,2,3 (Physics for ISP) with consent of the department.  Depending on their high school preparation, physics and astronomy majors normally also take calculus in their freshman year (MATH 220, 224, 230).  However, students taking PHYSICS 125-1,2,3 must be enrolled in one of the advanced mathematics sequences (MATH 281-1,2,3 or 290-1,2,3).

Specifically, physics and astronomy majors must pass these courses or the equivalent:

Basic Courses (6 units)

MATH220 and 224 or 212, 213, and 214
PHYSICS125-1,2,3 or 135-1,2,3
Students with advanced credit can place out of all or part of these six courses.

Core Sequence (9 units)

MATH234, 240, and 250 or 250and 290-1,2,3 or 281-1,2,3
PHYSICS330-1 (Classical Mechanics)
PHYSICS332-0 (Statistical Mechanics)
PHYSICS333-1 (Electricity & Magnetism)
PHYSICS339-1 (Quantum Mechanics)
PHYSICS359-3 (Physics Laboratory)


Beyond the required basic and core courses, majors must also select at least one of the following concentrations and complete all the course requirements in that concentration:

Advanced Physics (6 units)

PHYSICS330-2 (Classical Mechanics)
PHYSICS333-2 (Electricity & Magnetism)
PHYSICS339-2 (Quantum Mechanics)
PHYSICS359-1 (Electronics Laboratory)
Two other 300-level physics or astronomy courses other than PHYSICS335, 398, 399 or ASTRON 398, 399

Astronomy (6 units)

PHYSICS330-2 (Classical Mechanics)
PHYSICS333-2 (Electricity & Magnetism)
PHYSICS339-2 (Quantum Mechanics)
ASTRON 220-0 (Introduction to Astrophysics)
Two other 300-level astronomy classes other than 398 or 399 (Independent Study)

Biomedical Physics (8 units)

CHEM 101, 102, and 103 or 171, 172 (General Chemistry)
PHYSICS359-1 (Electronics Laboratory)
BME 301, 302 (Systems Physiology)
BME305 (Biomedical Signals and Imaging)
Two courses selected from:
BME303 (Systems Physiology)
BME327 (MRI)
(Introduction to Feedback Systems)

Computational Physics (7 units)

Prerequisite: Knowledge of Fortran, C or C++, or equivalent
ES APPM 311-1 (Methods of Applied Mathematics) or 346-0 (Modeling and Computation in Science and Engineering)
MATH310-1 (Probability and Stochastic Processes)
PHYSICS252-0 (Introduction to Computational Physics)
PHYSICS359-1 (Electronics Laboratory)
Three electives chosen from the following:
At least one 300-level physics or astronomy course other than 335, 398 or 399
ES APPM 311-2,3 (Methods of Applied Mathematics)
ES APPM 322-0 (Applied Dynamical Systems)
EECS 310 (Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science)
EECS336 (Design and Analysis of Algorithms)
MATH310-2,3 (Probability and Stochastic Processes)
MATH354-1,2 (Chaotic Dynamical Systems)
MATH374-0 (Theory of Computability and Turing Machines)
STAT 330-1,2 (Applied Statistics for Research)

Materials Physics (8 units)

CHEM101, 102 or 171, 172 (General Chemistry)
PHYSICS337-0 (Solid State Physics)
PHYSICS339-2 (Quantum Mechanics)
MAT SCI 316-1,2 (Microstructural Dynamics)
Two courses chosen from:
MAT SCI332-0 (Kinetics of Heterogeneous Reactions)
MAT SCI355-0 (Electronic Materials)
MAT SCI360-0 (Introduction to Electron Microscopy)
MAT SCI361-0 (Crystallography and Diffraction)
MAT SCI380-0 (Introduction to Surface Science and Spectroscopy)

Nanoscale Physics (6 units)

PHYSICS333-2 (Electricity & Magnetism)
PHYSICS337-0 (Introduction to Solid-State Physics)
PHYSICS339-2 (Quantum Mechanics)
PHYSICS358-0 (Nanolithography)
Two electives chosen from:
PHYSICS359-1 (Electronics Laboratory)
BME 305-0 (Biomedical Signals Analysis)
BME 317 (Biochem Sensors)
BME 343-0 (Biomaterials and Medical Devices)
BME 366 (Biomechanics of Movement)
EECS 389-0 (Superconductivity and Applications)
MAT SCI 355 (Electronic Materials)
MAT SCI360-0 (Introduction to Electron Microscopy)
MAT SCI370-0 (Biomaterials)
MAT SCI376-0 (Nanomaterials)
MAT SCI 381 (Materials for Energy-Efficient Technology)
MECH ENG 319-0 (Applications of Surface Science to Nanomechanics and Nanotribology)
MECH ENG381-0 (Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems)
MECH ENG382-0 (Experiments in Micro and Nanoscience Engineering)
MECH ENG385-0 (Nanotechnology)

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August 26, 2013