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Bachelor of Science in Physics - Option in Materials Science (120 units)

Program Description

This option is designed primarily for those interested in careers that involve the physics of materials and the study of materials in relation to their applications. It is particularly appropriate for those seeking employment in private industry or government service as well as those students contemplating graduate work in these fields. This option requires approximately 72 units in the major, of which 32 units are in lower division and 40 are in upper division.

All students must achieve at least a 2.0 grade-point average in each of the following: 1. the entire college record, 2. all units attempted at CSULB, 3. all courses in the major, and 4. all upper division courses in the major completed at CSULB.

Degree Progress

BS Physics – Material Science majors must complete the following requirements within the specified time of declaring the major. Some students may need to take courses during Summer Session to meet these requirements. Students who have not met the requirements by the required semester must either declare another major or meet with an Academic Advisor to determine if the student’s performance in the courses merits an additional semester to complete. Students required to enroll in pre-baccalaureate math may receive one additional semester to meet the requirements.

Freshmen: A grade "C" or better must be achieved in both MATH 122 and CHEM 111A within one calendar year. A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in CHEM 111B and CHEM 220A within two calendar years. Transfer Students: A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in both CHEM 220A and PHYS 151 within 1 calendar year.

In addition, all BS Physics – Material Science majors must earn a “C” or better in all courses counting toward the major and must maintain major and upper-division major GPAs of 2.0 or higher. A student whose GPA in the major or upper division GPA in the major falls below 2.0 will be advised that they are at risk of being dismissed from the major and granted one semester to raise their major GPA(s) to 2.0. Students who do not successfully raise their major GPA(s) must meet with an advisor to declare another major or submit an appeal to the Department of Physics explaining why they need one additional semester. Students whose major GPAs remain below 2.0 after this additional semester must declare a new major.

Requirements

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.
  • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: A passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination.
  • PHYS 254 Applied Modern Physics (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 152 or EE 210
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 224.
  • PHYS 255 Laboratory on Modern Physics (1)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: PHYS 254.
  • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    Prerequisite: Appropriate MDPT placement or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 111 and 113.
  • 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.
  • MATH 247 Introduction to Linear Algebra (3)
    Prerequisite: MATH 123.

Upper Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • MATH 364A Ordinary Differential Equations I (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 224
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 247.
  • PHYS 310 Analytic Mechanics (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151
    Corequisite: MATH 364A or MATH 370A.
  • PHYS 320 Thermodynamics (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 152.
    Prerequisite/Corequisite, PHYS 254.
  • PHYS 340A Electricity and Magnetism I (3)
    Prerequisites: PHYS 152, PHYS 310.
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 370A or MATH 364A.
  • PHYS 340B Electricity and Magnetism II (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 340A.
  • PHYS 350 Modern Physics (3)
    Prerequisites: PHYS 310; MATH 370A or MATH 364A.
  • PHYS 360 Physics with Symbolic Algebra Software (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 254.
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 247.
  • PHYS 380 Electronics (4)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 152.
  • PHYS 450 Quantum Physics I (3)
    Prerequisites: PHYS 310, PHYS 340A, PHYS 350.

Take a 3 unit upper division Mathematics course.

Take 3 units of upper division physics elective.

Option in Materials Science (6 units)

  • PHYS 385 Materials Science (3)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 111A and PHYS 152 and (CHEM 111B or PHYS 320), completion of CHEM 111B is strongly recommended.
  • PHYS 385L Materials Science Laboratory (2)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 111A and PHYS 152 and (CHEM 111B or PHYS 320), completion of CHEM 111B is strongly recommended
  • PHYS 385C Materials Science Colloquium (1)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 111A and PHYS 152 and (CHEM 111B or PHYS 320), completion of CHEM 111B is strongly recommended.­

 


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