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# Major in Physics

The major in Physics consists of a minimum core of physics and mathematics courses. It provides a rigorous background combined with maximum flexibility for students who have a strong interest in an additional field of study.

## Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

- demonstrate mastery of the core concepts and general principles of physics
- demonstrate competent knowledge of the specific concepts, principles, and problems of each of the basic subfields and some areas of application in physics
- conduct experiments for a comparison with physical models and theories, and examine the results with the statistical methods of error analysis
- formulate, solve, and interpret problems by the use of physical principles, via mathematical and computational techniques

## Requirements

58 units

To qualify for graduation, a physics student must have achieved at least a 2.0 (C) cumulative grade point average and at least a 2.0 (C) average in all courses required for the major.

### Required

#### Lower-division (12 units)

- PHYS 110 General Physics I
- PHYS 210 General Physics II
- PHYS 240 Modern Physics

#### Upper-division (34 units)

- PHYS 310 Analytical Mechanics
- PHYS 312 Statistical and Thermal Physics
- PHYS 320 Electromagnetism
- PHYS 330 Quantum Mechanics
- PHYS 340 Optics
- PHYS 341 Upper-Division Laboratory I
- PHYS 371 Methods of Mathematical Physics
- PHYS 350 Physics Colloquium Note: 2 units are required

#### Required Supporting Courses (16 units)

- CS 110 Introduction to Computer Science I
- MATH 109 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
- MATH 110 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
- MATH 211 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III