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Physics

A.B. Major Requirements:

 
UNITS
Preparatory Subject Matter
41-47
Physics 9A, 9B, 9C, 9D or 9HA, 9HB, 9HC, 9HD, 9HE 19-25
Mathematics 21A, 21B, 21C, 21D, 22A, 22B 22
Depth Subject Matter
35-37
Physics 104A, 105A, 110A, 110B, 112, 115A, 122A or 122B 28
At least one course from: 129A, 130A, 140A, 151, 152, or 153 4
Physics 102 (1 unit) waived if 104B taken 0-1
At least one additional fixed-unit upper division Physics course excluding 160 3-4
Total Units for the Major
76-84

B.S. Major Requirements:

 
UNITS
Preparatory Subject Matter
50-56
Physics 9A, 9B, 9C, 9D or 9HA, 9HB, 9HC, 9HD, 9HE 19-25
Mathematics 21A, 21B, 21C, 21D, 22A, 22B 22
Computer Science Engineering 30 (or equivalent programming course) 4
Chemistry 2A or 2HA (2B-2C or 2HB-2HC highly recommended) 5
Depth Subject Matter
56-64
Physics 104A, 105A, 105B, 110A, 110B, 110C, 112, 115A, 115B 36
Physics 102 (1 unit) or 104B 1-4
Laboratory Requirement 4-12
Physics 122A or 122B or 116A, B and C
Concentration Courses 12
Two courses from one specialty (General Relativity/Astrophysical Applications, Condensed Matter, or Nuclear/Particle Physics) and one course from a different specialty. Lists of courses in each specialty are available from the department
Additional upper division Physics courses excluding 160, for a total of 15 upper division Physics courses of three or more units each. With prior departmental approval, one course from mathematics, engineering, or natural science may be used to meet this requirement. May include only one course from: 194H, 195, 198, 199 0-9
Total Units for the Major
109-118
Astrophysics Emphasis
 
UNITS
Preparatory Subject Matter
50-56
Physics 9A, 9B, 9C, 9D or 9HA, 9HB, 9HC, 9HD, 9HE 19-25
Mathematics 21A, 21B, 21C, 21D, 22A, 22B 22
Computer Science Engineering 30 (or equivalent programming course) 4
Chemistry 2A or 2HA (2B-2C or 2HB-2HC highly recommended) 5
Depth Subject Matter
59-65
Physics 104A, 105A, 108, 108L, 110A, 110B, 112, 115A, 115B, 32
Physics 102 or 104B 1-4
Laboratory Requirement 4
Physics 122A or 122B or 157
Physics 151, 152, 153, 156 16
Two elective courses from: Physics 105B, 110C, 116A, 129A, 130A, 130B, 150 (only with an astrophysics topic and prior departmental approval), 154, 155, Geology 163; may include only one course from: Physics 194H, 195, or 199 6-9
Total Units for the Major
109-121
Recommended
Computer Science Engineering 40; Astronomy 25
Applied Physics—Atmospheric Physics Concentration

B.S. Major Requirements:

 
UNITS
Preparatory Subject Matter
50-56
Physics 9A, 9B, 9C, 9D or 9HA, 9HB, 9HC, 9HD, 9HE 19-25
Mathematics 21A, 21B, 21C, 21D, 22A, 22B 22
Computer Science Engineering 30 (or equivalent programming course) 4
Chemistry 2A or 2HA 5
Depth Subject Matter
61-65
Physics 104A, 105A, 110A, 110B, 112, 115A, 116A, 116B 32
Physics 102 (1 unit) or 104B 1-4
Laboratory Requirement 4
Physics 116C or 122A or 122B
Concentration Courses (complete all of the following) 20
Physics 105C; Atmospheric Science 120, 121A, 121B; Geology 150A
Additional Electives (choose one from following) 4
Physics 104B or 116C; Geology 116N; Atmospheric Science 128; Mathematics 118A or 118B
Total Units for the Major
111-120
Program Variance. Similar courses from other departments may be substituted for courses in the depth subject matter requirements by obtaining prior written permission from the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Chairperson.
Applied Physics—Chemical Physics Concentration

B.S. Major Requirements:

 
UNITS
Preparatory Subject Matter
60-66
Physics 9A, 9B, 9C, 9D or 9HA, 9HB, 9HC, 9HD, 9HE 19-25
Mathematics 21A, 21B, 21C, 21D, 22A, 22B 22
Computer Science Engineering 30 (or equivalent programming course) 4
Chemistry 2A, 2B, 2C 15
Depth Subject Matter
47
Physics 102, 104A, 105A, 110A, 110B, 112, 115A, 116A, 116B 32
Laboratory Requirement 4
Physics 122A or 122B or 116C
Concentration Courses 11
Physics 115B, 140A; Chemistry 124A
Total Units for the Major
107-113
Program Variance. Similar courses from other departments may be substituted for courses in the depth subject matter requirements by obtaining prior written permission from the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Chairperson.
Applied Physics—Computational Physics concentration

B.S. Major Requirements:

 
UNITS
Preparatory Subject Matter
49-55
Physics 9A, 9B, 9C, 9D or 9HA, 9HB, 9HC, 9HD, 9HE 19-25
Mathematics 21A, 21B, 21C, 21D, 22A, 22B 22
Computer Science Engineering 30, 40 8
Depth Subject Matter
72
Physics 104A, 105A, 110A, 110B, 112, 115A, 116A, 116B 32
Concentration Courses 16
Physics 104B, 116C; Computer Science Engineering 60, 122A
Additional Electives (choose three from the following) 24
Computer Science Engineering 120 or 122B or 130; Mathematics 128A or 128B or 128C; Physics 105C or 115B or 140A
Total Units for the Major
122-127
Program Variance. Similar courses from other departments may be substituted for courses in the depth subject matter requirements by obtaining prior written permission from the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Chairperson.
Applied Physics—Physical Electronics Concentration

B.S. Major Requirements:

 
UNITS
Preparatory Subject Matter
49-55
Physics 9A, 9B, 9C, 9D or 9HA, 9HB, 9HC, 9HD, 9HE 19-25
Mathematics 21A, 21B, 21C, 21D, 22A, 22B 22
Computer Science Engineering 30 (or equivalent programming course) 4
Engineering 17 4
Depth Subject Matter
61
Physics 102, 104A, 105A, 110A, 110B, 112, 115A 28
Laboratory Requirement 4
Physics 122A or 122B
Concentration Courses 13
Physics 110C, 140A; Electrical and Computer Engineering 100
Additional Concentration Electives (choose four from the following 16
Electrical and Computer Engineering 110A, 110B, 140A, 140B, 150A, or 150B
Total Units for the Major
110-116
Program Variance. Similar courses from other departments may be substituted for courses in the depth subject matter requirements by obtaining prior written permission from the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Chairperson.
Applied Physics—Geophysics Concentration

B.S. Major Requirements:

 
UNITS
Preparatory Subject Matter
50-56
Physics 9A, 9B, 9C, 9D or 9HA, 9HB, 9HC, 9HD, 9HE 19-25
Mathematics 21A, 21B, 21C, 21D, 22A, 22B 22
Computer Science Engineering 30 (or equivalent programming course) 4
Chemistry 2A or 2HA 5
Depth Subject Matter
60-61
Physics 104A, 105A, 110A, 110B, 112, 115A, 116A, 116B 32
Laboratory Requirement 4
Physics 122A or 122B or 116C
Concentration Courses 13
Physics 104B; Geology 161, 162 (courses offered in alternating years)
Additional Electives (choose three from the following) 11-12
Physics 105B or 116C or 151; Geology 146 or 163; Atmospheric Science 120 or 121A or 121B
Total Units for the Major
110-117
Program Variance. Similar courses from other departments may be substituted for courses in the depth subject matter requirements by obtaining prior written permission from the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Chairperson.
Applied Physics—Materials Science Concentration

B.S. Major Requirements:

 
UNITS
Preparatory Subject Matter
50-56
Physics 9A, 9B, 9C, 9D or 9HA, 9HB, 9HC, 9HD, 9HE 19-25
Mathematics 21A, 21B, 21C, 21D, 22A, 22B 22
Computer Science Engineering 30 (or equivalent programming course) 4
Chemistry 2A or 2HA 5
Depth Subject Matter
57-60
Physics 102, 104A, 105A, 110A, 110B, 112, 115A, 116A, 116B 32
Physics 102 (1 unit) or 104B 1-4
Laboratory Requirement 4
Physics 122A or 122B or 116C
Concentration Courses 20
Physics 115B, 140A, 140B 12
Material Science and Engineering 174, 180 8
Total Units for the Major
107-116
Program Variance. Similar courses from other departments may be substituted for courses in the depth subject matter requirements by obtaining prior written permission from the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Chairperson.
Applied Physics—Physical Oceanography Concentration

B.S. Major Requirements:

 
UNITS
Preparatory Subject Matter
50-56
Physics 9A, 9B, 9C, 9D or 9HA, 9HB, 9HC, 9HD, 9HE 19-25
Mathematics 21A, 21B, 21C, 21D, 22A, 22B 22
Computer Science Engineering 30 (or equivalent programming course) 4
Chemistry 2A or 2HA 5
Depth Subject Matter
63
Physics 102, 104A, 105A, 110A, 110B, 115A, 116A, 116B 32
Laboratory Requirement 4
Physics 122A or 122B or 116C
Concentration Courses 23
Physics 105C; Atmospheric Sciences 120, 121A, 121B; Geology 116N, 150A
Additional Electives (choose one from the following) 4
Physics 104B* or 112 or 116C; Mathematics 118A or 118B
* Substitutions: Physics 102 is waived for students who take PHY 104B
Total Units for the Major
113-119
Program Variance. Similar courses from other departments may be substituted for courses in the depth subject matter requirements by obtaining prior written permission from the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Chairperson.

Minor Program Requirements:

All courses in the minor have prerequisites equivalent to Mathematics 21A-21B-21C-21D and 22A-22B and Physics 9A-9B-9C-9D. Students considering the possibility of a minor should consult with a Physics major adviser before beginning course work in the minor program.
 
UNITS
Physics
24
At least 6 upper division courses in Physics (excluding Physics 160, 197T, & 199) 24
Graduate Study. The Department of Physics offers programs of study and research leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Further information regarding requirements for these three degrees, graduate research, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships may be obtained by writing to the Chairperson, Department of Physics, One Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis, CA 95616.
Astronomy. In addition to the introductory Astronomy courses listed, upper division and graduate courses in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology are listed under Physics.
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