THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICS

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See "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.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See "General Education Requirements" in The University Catalog and The Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings. The course requirements marked below with an asterisk (*) may also be applied toward General Education.

Physics majors may meet the Breadth Area B2 requirement by completing BIOL 151.

Option in General Physics

HIST 130 may be used to fulfill Breadth Area C1, C2, or C3 requirements; POLS 155 may be used to fulfill any one of the Breadth Area D1, D2, or D3 requirements; and HCSV 451 may be used to fulfill Area E requirements.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See "Cultural Diversity" in The University Catalog. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.

American Institutions Requirement: 6 units

See the "American Institutions Requirement" under "Bachelor's Degree Requirements." This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 130 and POLS 155. Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.

Literacy Requirement:

See "Mathematics and Writing Requirements" in The University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See The Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 70-81 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

DEGREE CORE PROGAM: 46 units

Lower-Division Requirements: 36 units

9 courses required:
CHEM111General Chemistry4.0FS *

Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)

CHEM112General Chemistry4.0FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 111.

MATH120Analytic Geometry and Calculus4.0FS *

Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; both MATH 118 and MATH 119 (or high school equivalent); a score that meets department guidelines on a department administered calculus readiness exam.

MATH121Analytic Geometry and Calculus4.0FS

Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; MATH 120 with a grade of C- or higher.

MATH220Analytic Geometry and Calculus4.0FS

Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; MATH 121 with a grade of C- or higher.

MATH260Elem Differential Equations4.0FS

Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement, MATH 121 with a grade of C- or better.

PHYS204AMechanics4.0FS *

Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of MATH 121 (second semester of calculus) or equivalent.

PHYS204BElectricity and Magnetism4.0FS

Prerequisites: MATH 121, PHYS 204A with a grade of C- or higher.

PHYS204CHeat/Wave Motion/Sound/Light4.0FS

Prerequisites: MATH 121, PHYS 204A with a grade of C- or higher.

Upper-Division Requirements: 10 units

4 courses required:
PHYS300AModern Physics I3.0FA

Prerequisites: PHYS 204A, PHYS 204B, PHYS 204C, or PHYS 202A and PHYS 202B and calculus with faculty permission.

PHYS300BModern Physics II3.0SP

Prerequisites: PHYS 300A.

PHYS427Advanced Laboratory3.0FA WP

Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, PHYS 300B.

PHYS491Physics Seminar1.0SP

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing in physics.

Major Option Course Requirements: 24-35 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the option chosen. Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.

THE OPTION IN PROFESSIONAL PHYSICS: 24 units

This option is for students who intend to pursue graduate study in physics or related fields or who plan to enter careers in technical fields.

Option Core: 9 units

4 courses required:
MATH361Boundary Value/Partial Dif Eqs3.0SP

Prerequisites: MATH 260.

PHYS301AAnalytical Mechanics3.0FA

Prerequisites: MATH 260, PHYS 204A, PHYS 204B, PHYS 204C.

PHYS302AElectricity and Magnetism3.0FA

Prerequisites: MATH 260, PHYS 204A, PHYS 204B, PHYS 204C.

Advising Pattern Course Requirements: 15 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the advising pattern chosen. Students must select one of the following advising patterns to complete the Option in Professional Physics and major course requirements.

Advanced Study Pattern: 15 units

This option pattern is for students intending to pursue graduate study in physics or related fields. This is also suited to many technical careers.

5 courses required:
PHYS301BAnalytical Mechanics3.0SP

Prerequisites: PHYS 301A.

PHYS302BElectricity and Magnetism3.0SP

Prerequisites: PHYS 302A or faculty permission.

PHYS415Thermal Physics3.0S2

Prerequisites: MATH 361, PHYS 300A.

PHYS435AQuantum Mechanics3.0FA

Prerequisites: MATH 361, PHYS 300A.

PHYS435BQuantum Mechanics3.0SP

Prerequisites: PHYS 435A.

Applied Optics Pattern: 15 units

This option pattern is for students intending to pursue careers in optics, telecommunications, or related fields.

4 courses required:
MECH210Materials Science/Engineering3.0FS

Prerequisites: PHYS 204A; CHEM 111 (may be taken concurrently).

PHYS433Fiber Optics/Telecommunication3.0SP

Prerequisites: PHYS 450 or PHYS 451.

PHYS450Optics3.0SP

Prerequisites: PHYS 204A, PHYS 204B, PHYS 204C.

PHYS451Lasers and Their Applications3.0FA

Prerequisites: PHYS 204C. Recommended: PHYS 450.

1 course selected from:
PHYS302BElectricity and Magnetism3.0SP

Prerequisites: PHYS 302A or faculty permission.

PHYS435AQuantum Mechanics3.0FA

Prerequisites: MATH 361, PHYS 300A.

THE OPTION IN GENERAL PHYSICS: 35 units

This option fulfills all requirements for the Single Subject Teaching Credential in Science with a Concentration in Physics and a supplementary authorization in a second science. This option is also excellent preparation for students considering physics-related interdisciplinary fields. Students who choose this option should consult with their major adviser.

5 courses required:
BIOL151Biological Principles4.0FS

Prerequisites: Recommend CHEM 111 or concurrent enrollment.

BIOL152Biological Principles4.0FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 151; recommend CHEM 112 or concurrent enrollment.

GEOS102Physical Geology3.0FS *

Prerequisites: High school chemistry or physics is recommended; students with no previous science courses are advised to enroll in GEOS 101. No college credit for those who have passed GEOS 101.

GEOS300Earth System Science3.0FA WP

Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; CHEM 107 or equivalent; PHYS 202A, PHYS 202B.

PHYS489TInternship in Physics Teaching3.0FS

Prerequisites: PHYS 300B and faculty permission.

6 units required:

Any upper-division course in physics (except PHYS 489P and PHYS 489T) with approval of the credential adviser.

Breadth Requirements: 12 units

12 units required:

Any non-General Education courses in Chemistry (CHEM), Biology (BIOL), or Geoscience (GEOS). All 12 units must be selected from one department.

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total university offerings. You should consult with an adviser regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your university experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate adviser for specific information.