2017-2018 Catalog

Bachelor of Science in Physics

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120.

General Education Requirements (55-62 units)

See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

Please note that the classes required for the Physics major satisfy the B1, B3, and B4 General Education requirements.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.

Minor Requirements

Single field major, no minor required.

Major Requirements (75-80 units)

Students must select one of the options listed. The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

Each student must select one of the options listed.

Electrical Engineering Option (77 units)

The Electrical Engineering Option provides a broad understanding of physical principles and a solid preparation for advanced study in electrical engineering as well as theoretical and experimental physics including problem-solving. This option should be undertaken by those planning on pursuing continued studies towards an advanced degree in electrical engineering or other fields within engineering, physics, or related fields as well as careers as a technical staff member in a government or industrial lab. By virtue of an agreement with the CSU Fullerton College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, this option satisfies all of the course requirements for admission to an MS program in electrical engineering at CSU Fullerton.

A.  Lower Division Requirements (38 units):

CHE 110General Chemistry I

5

MAT 191Calculus I

5

MAT 193Calculus II

5

MAT 211Calculus III

5

PHY 130General Physics I

5

PHY 132General Physics II

5

PHY 134General Physics III

4

CSC 121Introduction to Computer Science and Programming I

4

B.  Upper Division Requirements (39 units)

1.  Required Courses (23 units):

PHY 306Math Methods In Physics

3

PHY 310Theoretical Mechanics I

3

PHY 320Physical Optics

3

PHY 333Analog Electronics

3 units

PHY 341Advanced Laboratory

2 units

PHY 346Thermal Physics

3

PHY 350Electromagnetic Theory I

3

PHY 460Quantum Mechanics I

3

2.  Required courses that are electives for the General Physics Option. Classes with the EE course prefix are to be taken in the Electrical Engineering department at CSU Fullerton (16 units)

EE 309

EE 310

EE 323

PHY 335Digital Electronics

3 units

PHY 494Independent Study

3

or

PHY 498Directed Research

1-3

Or

EE 498

NOTE: This option requires taking 11-13 units of electrical engineering courses at CSU Fullerton during regular or summer sessions through concurrent enrollment while a student at CSUDH. Advising for the Electrical Engineering option will be provided by CSUDH as well as CSU Fullerton.

General Physics Option (78-79 units)

The General Physics Option provides a broad understanding of physical principles and a solid preparation in both theoretical and experimental problem-solving in physics. This option should be chosen by students planning a technical career in industry or government laboratories, or planning to continue study toward an advanced degree in physics, engineering or a related field. PHY 306 should be taken as early as possible in preparation for the upper division courses in Physics.

A.  Lower Division Requirements (37-38 units)

1.  Required Courses (34 units):

CHE 110General Chemistry I

5

MAT 191Calculus I

5

MAT 193Calculus II

5

MAT 211Calculus III

5

PHY 130General Physics I

5

PHY 132General Physics II

5

PHY 134General Physics III

4

2.  Select one course from the following (3-4 units):

CSC 111 Introduction to Computers and Basic Programming

3

CSC 121Introduction to Computer Science and Programming I

4

B.  Upper Division Requirements (41 units)

1.  Required Courses (23 units):

PHY 306Math Methods In Physics

3

PHY 310Theoretical Mechanics I

3

PHY 320Physical Optics

3

PHY 333Analog Electronics

3 units

PHY 341Advanced Laboratory

2 units

PHY 346Thermal Physics

3

PHY 350Electromagnetic Theory I

3

PHY 460Quantum Mechanics I

3

2.  Electives (18 units):

Select 12 upper division units from Physics and 6 upper division units from Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics.

Physical Science Option (75-76 units)

The Physical Science Option provides a broad understanding of the physical sciences, in particular, physics, chemistry, geology and mathematics. This option is designed for students interested in teaching physical science in secondary school or pursuing a general science field such as science journalism.

A.  Lower Division Requirements (50-51 units)

1.  Required Courses (47 units):

CHE 110General Chemistry I

5

CHE 112General Chemistry II

5

EAR 100Physical Geology

3

EAR 101Physical Geology Laboratory

1

EAR 200Earth History & Evolution

3

EAR 201Earth History Lab

1

MAT 191Calculus I

5

MAT 193Calculus II

5

MAT 211Calculus III

5

PHY 130General Physics I

5

PHY 132General Physics II

5

PHY 134General Physics III

4

2.  Select one course from the following (3-4 units):

CSC 101Introduction to Computer Education

3

CSC 111 Introduction to Computers and Basic Programming

3

CSC 121Introduction to Computer Science and Programming I

4

B.  Upper Division Requirements (25 units)

1.  Required Courses (11 units):

PHY 320Physical Optics

3

PHY 333Analog Electronics

3 units

PHY 341Advanced Laboratory

2 units

PHY 346Thermal Physics

3

2.  Select additional work from CHE, CSC, EAR and/or PHY (14 units).

NOTE: Consult with a physics advisor to choose classes consistent with the requirements for the subject matter preparation program in physical science.