Sonoma State University
Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Bachelor of Science in Physics
from the 2002-2004 catalog
Disclaimer: This is not the official catalog.

The B.S. program is a thorough introduction to the principles of physics, providing a strong foundation for graduate study or industrial research. It is also intended for those students who wish to prepare for interdisciplinary studies on the graduate level in fields such as astronomy, atmospheric science, biophysics, environmental science, geophysics, and physical oceanography.

Degree Requirements

Major Requirements (may include 5 in GE)

46

Supporting Courses (may include 4 in GE)

26

Remainder of General Education

42-51

General Electives

1-10

Total units needed for graduation

124

 

Major Core Requirements

PHYS   114

Introduction to Physics I (may be applied to GE)

4

PHYS   116

Introductory Laboratory Experience (may be applied to GE)

1

PHYS   214

Introduction to Physics II

4

PHYS   216

Introductory Laboratory

1

PHYS   313

Analog and Digital Electronics

3

PHYS   313L

Analog and Digital Electronics Laboratory

1

PHYS   314

Introduction to Physics III

4

PHYS   316

Introductory Quantum Laboratory

1

PHYS   320

Analytical Mechanics

3

PHYS   325

Introduction to Mathematical Physics

3

PHYS   340

Light and Optics

3

PHYS   381

Computer Applications for Scientists

2

PHYS   430

Electricity and Magnetism

3

PHYS   450

Statistical Physics

2

PHYS   460

Quantum Physics

3

Total units in the major core

38

 

Major Electives (Advanced)

ASTR   380

Astrophysics: Stars

3

ASTR   482

Advanced Observational Astronomy

2

ASTR   495

Special Studies

1-4

PHYS   333

Precision Machining for Experimental Physics

1

PHYS   384

X-Ray Analysis

2

PHYS   413

Advanced Electronics

3

PHYS   413L

Advanced Electronics Laboratory

1

PHYS   445

Photonics

3

PHYS   447

Lasers and Holography Laboratory

1

PHYS   449

Fiber Optics and Detectors Laboratory

1

PHYS   475

Physics of Semiconductor Devices

3

PHYS   481

Applied Nuclear Chemistry and Physics

2

PHYS   482

Applied Nuclear Chemistry and Physics Laboratory

2

PHYS   493

Senior Design Project

2

PHYS   494

Physics Seminar

1

PHYS   495

Special Studies

1-4

PHYS   497

Undergraduate Research in Physics

3

Must include two courses with laboratories. No more than 4 units total in ASTR 495 and PHYS 494, 495, and 497 may be used to fulfill this requirement. Certain selected topics courses, ASTR or PHYS 396, may be approved by the advisor.

Total units in the advanced electives

8

 

Required Supporting Courses

 

MATH   161

Calculus I (3 units may be applied in GE)

4

MATH   211

Calculus II

4

MATH   241

Calculus III

4

MATH   261

Calculus IV

4

CHEM  115AB,
     116AB

General Chemistry (1 unit may be applied to GE)

10

Total units in supporting courses

26

 

Total units in the major

72

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