The Bachelor of Science in Physics provides students with a broad knowledge of fundamental physics and its applications. Students develop the skills of investigation and experimentation required to analyze data and solve physical science problems using analytical, computational, graphical and mathematical methods. The curriculum provides students with a foundation for entry into a variety of applied physics and physics-related jobs in industry or government labs, and prepares them for teaching at the secondary school level or for post-graduate education in physics and astronomy.
In addition to the requirements for the major, students must meet all other university requirements for a bachelor’s degree. Please consult the Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree section in this catalog for complete information. All courses required for the major must be completed with a “C” (2.0) or better. Formal academic advising is required for all physics majors at least once every academic year.
The Business emphasis provides physics majors with the training and experience needed to succeed in small businesses with entrepreneurial and technology-based orientations. The program is administered in close collaboration with the Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business and Economics. Paid summer internships and annual scholarships are key components of the program.
Students who pursue the program do not take PHYS 227L and substitute ACCT 201A for CHEM 125 in lower-division major requirements, and complete the following 21 units in physics and business electives in place of the usual upper-division physics and science/engineering electives.