Last Published 5/22/23
The undergraduate Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in physics features small classes, research opportunities with faculty, and great flexibility in choosing electives and planning career paths.
Our majors enjoy a relatively small department where faculty and staff know them personally, and where they can socialize and study together with their student colleagues in our Dan Black Center "grad room", maintained by the
. Roughly half of our majors are transfer students. We graduate around 10 students each year.
Additional information can be found in the
, but please don't hesitate to contact us to schedule a visit or meet with an advisor. Send Leigh Hargreaves, Program Coordinator, and Ionel Tifrea, Chair, an email. Note, applications for the program are completed online at Cal State Apply.
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Our undergraduate program is organized around a core of upper-division courses required for the major:
Along with these required courses, the program requires an additional 14 upper-division units, which students can select from among several possibilities, including
which must include 3 units of either Advanced lab (PHYS 481) or Independent Study (PHYS 499), where the Independent Study must be for performing laboratory based research with a faculty mentor.
A table showing all required/elective courses for the Physics Major, plus pre-requisites, units and typical course availability, may be downloaded.