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California State University, Long Beach
2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Physics and Astronomy

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Physics (120 units)


Lower Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 122.
  • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151; Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 123.
  • PHYS 254 Modern Physics and Light (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 152 or EE 210; Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 224.
  • PHYS 255 Laboratory on Light & Modern Physics (1)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: PHYS 254.
  • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: A passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination . (Credit in Chem 101 does not substitute for a passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination) and a "C" or better in MATH 113 or 117 or 119A or 122. One year of high school chemistry is strongly recommended. (Recommended for students who intend to pursue careers in science or engineering).
  • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 111A with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    Prerequisite: Appropriate MDPT placement or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 111 and 113, or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 117.
  • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 122.
  • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123 or 222.

Select one from the following:

  • BIOL 200 General Biology (4)
    Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements.
  • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: CHEM 111A with a grade of "C" or better.

NOTE: BIOL 111, 111L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11.

Upper Division:

Take the following:

A minimum of 24 units selected in consultation with Physics Department Undergraduate Advisor, at least 18 units of which must be in physics
ENGL 317 Technical Writing (or approved equivalent) (3) (may be waived for students who achieved a standard score of 24 on the ACT English sub-test or who received an "A" or "B" grade in ENGL 100).

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