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*Professors*--Adler, Bland, Burke, Fisher, Greensite, Hagar, Johns, Lea, Lockhart, Marcy, Neuhauser, Peters, Posin, Rogers, Shapiro

B.A. in Physics: Concentration in Astronomy

B.S. in Physics: Concentration in Astrophysics

At the graduate level the "hands-on" experience, which then leads in a natural way to the master's thesis, is strongly encouraged and is a requirement in some specialty areas.

The Master of Science in Physics serves students who seek advanced knowledge in physics: for application in physics-related industries, for preparation to continue graduate work elsewhere towards the doctoral degree, for qualification for teaching credentials for which a master's degree is required. The choice of electives in the master's program may emphasize either physics, astrophysics, or astronomy. Before beginning course work toward the M.S., the candidate must prepare a plan of study in consultation with the graduate coordinator.

The programs in Physics presuppose a background equivalent to two years of high school algebra, one year of plane geometry, and one-half year of trigonometry. One year each of high school physics and chemistry are recommended, as is some experience in computer programming. All students, especially those who have not completed a substantial chemistry course in high school, are strongly urged to take CHEM 111 and 113/114 in their freshman year. At least six units of upper division work for this major must be completed at this university.

It is suggested that students in these programs consult with their adviser before selecting courses to meet General Education requirements. Unnecessary repetition of elementary topics might be avoided by careful selection of courses. A plan of study prepared in consultation with a department adviser is prerequisite to entry into upper division study. Students who are considering teaching physics should see a credential adviser in the Physics and Astronomy Department before planning the major. Specific courses and a competency assessment are required for admission to the credential program.

Units MATH 220-223 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I-IV (3 each) or MATH 226-228 Calculus I-III (4 each) 12 PHYS 220/222 General Physics with Calculus I and Laboratory (or PHYS 221/222-Honors) 4 PHYS 230/232 General Physics with Calculus II and Laboratory (or PHYS 231/232-Honors) 4 PHYS 240/242 General Physics with Calculus III and Laboratory (or PHYS 241/242-Honors) 4 Total lower division prerequisites 24

PHYS 320 Modern Physics I 3 PHYS 321 Modern Physics Laboratory I 1 PHYS 330 Analytical Mechanics I 3 PHYS 360 Electricity in Magnetism I 3 PHYS 370 Thermodynamics 3 PHYS 490 Physics Project Laboratory (1-3) 2 One of the following:^{56}3 MATH 374 Advanced Calculus PHYS 385 Introduction to Theoretical Physics Upper division electives on advisement (PHYS 460 recommended) 10 Total upper division requirements 28 Total units for the major 52

MATH 220-223 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I-IV (3 each) or MATH 226-228 Calculus I-III (4 each) 12 PHYS 220/222 General Physics with Calculus I and Laboratory (or PHYS 221/222-Honors) 4 PHYS 230/232 General Physics with Calculus II and Laboratory (or PHYS 231/232-Honors) 4 PHYS 240/242 General Physics with Calculus III and Laboratory (or PHYS 241/242-Honors) 4 CSC 210 Introduction to Computer Programming^{57}3 Total lower division prerequisites 27

ASTR 320 The Solar System 3 ASTR 321 Observational Astronomy Laboratory 1 ASTR 330 Stars and Stellar Systems 3 ASTR 390 Observational Project Laboratory 1 PHYS 320 Modern Physics I 3 PHYS 321 Modern Physics I Laboratory 1 PHYS 340 Modern Optics 3 One of the following:^{56}3 MATH 374 Advanced Calculus PHYS 385 Introduction to Theoretical Physics Upper division electives in astronomy 3 Upper division electives in astronomy, physics, mathematics, or related sciences 4 Total upper division requirements 25 Total for major 52

MATH 220-223 Calculus and AnalyticGeometry I-IV (3 each) or MATH 226-228 Calculus I-III (4 each) 12 PHYS 220/222 General Physics with Calculus I and Laboratory (or PHYS 221/222-Honors) 4 PHYS 230/232 General Physics with Calculus II and Laboratory (or PHYS 231/232-Honors) 4 PHYS 240/242 General Physics with Calculus III and Laboratory (or PHYS 241/242-Honors) 4 CSC 210 Introduction to Computer Programming^{57}3 Total lower division prerequisites 27

PHYS 320 Modern Physics I 3 PHYS 321 Modern Physics Laboratory I 1 PHYS 330 Analytical Mechanics I 3 PHYS 357 Principles of Electronics 4 PHYS 360 Electricity and Magnetism I 3 PHYS 460 Electricity and Magnetism II 3 PHYS 370 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 3 PHYS 430 Quantum Mechanics I 3 One of the following: 3 MATH 245 Elementary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra MATH 376 Ordinary Differential Equations One of the following: 3 MATH 374 Advanced Calculus PHYS 385 Introduction to Theoretical Physics PHYS 490 Physics Project Laboratory (1-3) 3 Upper division electives in astronomy, physics, mathematics, or related sciences 12 Total upper division requirements 44 Total for major 71

MATH 220-223 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I-IV (3 each) or MATH 226-228 Calculus I-III (4 each) 12 PHYS 220/222 General Physics with Calculus I and Laboratory (or PHYS 221/222-Honors) 4 PHYS 230/232 General Physics with Calculus II and Laboratory (or PHYS 231/232-Honors) 4 PHYS 240/242 General Physics with Calculus III and Laboratory (or PHYS 241/242-Honors) 4 CSC 210 Introduction to Computer Programming^{57}3 Total lower division prerequisites 27

ASTR 330 Stars and Stellar Systems 3 ASTR 390 Observational Projects Laboratory 1 ASTR 420 Introduction to Astrophysics 3 ASTR 697 Senior Project 3 One of the following: 3 MATH 245 Elementary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra MATH 376 Ordinary Differential Equations One of the following: 3 MATH 374 Advanced Calculus PHYS 385 Introduction to Theoretical Physics PHYS 320 Modern Physics I 3 PHYS 321 Modern Physics I Laboratory 1 PHYS 330 Analytical Mechanics I 3 PHYS 360 Electricity and Magnetism I 3 PHYS 460 Electricity and Magnetism II 3 PHYS 370 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 3 PHYS 430 Quantum Mechanics 3 PHYS 485 Theoretical Physics 3 Electives chosen from PHYS 325, 327, 328, 331,340, 341, 431, 475, ASTR 390, 490, 699 6 Total upper division requirements 44 Total for major 71

PHYS 111 General Physics I (4) and PHYS 121 General Physics II (4) or PHYS 220/222 General Physics with Calculus I and Laboratory (4) and PHYS 230/232 General Physics with Calculus II and Laboratory (4) and PHYS 240/242 General Physics with Calculus III and Laboratory (4) 8-12 Upper division electives on advisement 12 Total for minor 20-24

PHYS 111 General Physics I (4) and PHYS 121 General Physics II (4) or PHYS 220/222 General Physics with Calculus I and Laboratory (4) and PHYS 230/232 General Physics with Calculus II and Laboratory (4) and PHYS 240/242 General Physics with Calculus III and Laboratory (4) 8-12 ASTR 320 The Solar System 3 ASTR 330 Stars and Stellar Systems 3 Upper division electives on advisement 6 Total 20-24

Units PHYS 701 Classical Mechanics 3 PHYS 706 Quantum Mechanics 3 One of the following: 3 PHYS 703 Electromagnetic Theory PHYS 704 Electricity and Magnetism I

Elective graduate physics courses with numbers in the range from PHYS 700 to 729 only (note that PHYS 730, 897, 898, and 899 do not count in this category) 9

Elective advanced upper division or graduate courses in physics or appropriately related subjects, selected on advisement and with approval of graduate coordinator (note that PHYS 730, 897, 898, and 899 count in this category) 12

PHYS 898 Master's Thesis and Oral Defense of Thesis (units to be included in Group III) or Master's Comprehensive Oral Examination Minimum total 30

**Examinations.** The Oral Defense of Thesis is delivered to the student's advisory committee and includes responses to questions from the committee on subjects related to the thesis topic. The Master's Comprehensive Oral Examination is delivered to the student's advisory committee and covers all areas of theoretical and experimental physics deemed appropriate by the committee. The Oral Defense of Thesis or Master's Comprehensive Oral Examination may be repeated once, at the discretion of the committee, upon petition by the student.

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