Majors and Minors

Requirements for Major

  • Nine and one-half units in physics, including: 167, 168, 191, 243, 244, 245, 250, 291, 325, 336, 350, and one of the following: 308, 322, 380, 384 or 387. A student contemplating study at the graduate level should include 380.
  • Students majoring in physics are required to attend all departmental colloquia.
  • All courses for the major must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.

Note: Students whose major requires a physics cognate generally cannot satisfy this requirement with Physics 101, 102 or 105.

Requirements for Minor

  • Five and one-quarter units in physics, including: 167, 168, 191, 243, 244, 250, and one of the following: 206, 245, 308, 322, 325, 336, 350, 380, 384, 387.
  • Four cognate courses: Mathematics 141, 143, 245, 247.
  • Students pursuing the mathematics/physics interdepartmental major may not count those courses toward the physics minor.

Requirements for Combined Engineering Program

  • A minimum of four units toward a major and at least four units of physics, four units of mathematics, one unit of chemistry as well as one unit of computing. Additional chemistry courses are required for chemical engineering. The specific course requirements of each engineering school differ; a complete list is available in the Physics Department.
  • Physics 191.
  • Pre-engineering students are required to attend all departmental colloquia.
  • Pre-engineering students are encouraged to get a minor in physics or chemistry.

Requirements for Interdisciplinary Major in Integrated Science with Elementary Education Certification

Students interested in pursuing elementary education certification may wish to consider an interdisciplinary major in integrated science. The integrated science major is primarily intended for students seeking a broad, cross-disciplinary understanding of the natural sciences. Students completing a major in integrated science are required to take courses in all the natural sciences and also to choose a minor in biology, chemistry, geology or physics. The detailed requirements for the major are provided in this catalog or are available from the Education Department.

Requirements for Major with Secondary Education Certification

  • A minimum of eight units in physics, including: 167, 168, 243, 244, 250, 325, 336, plus two units selected from 105, 206, 245, 308, 322, 350, 380, 384, or 387.
  • In addition to the mathematics courses that are prerequisites for the required physics courses, one cognate course chosen from: Biology 195; Chemistry 121; Geology 101, 103, 104.
  • Completion of all other requirements for teacher certification.

Requirements for Minor with Secondary Education Certification

  • A minimum of five units in physics, including: 167, 168, 243, 244, 250, and one of the following: 105, 245, 308, 322, 325, 336, 350, 380, 384, 387.
  • In addition to the mathematics courses that are prerequisites for the required physics courses, one cognate course chosen from: Biology 195; Chemistry 121; Geology 101, 103, 104.
  • Completion of all other requirements for teacher certification.