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Applied Physics and Engineering Track


B.S. in Physics (Applied Physics and Engineering Track)

The Applied Physics and Engineering Track is designed for students who primarily wish to work in the industry in physics, computer, or engineering sectors or prepare for graduate school in Physics, Applied Physics or Engineering. The program consists of 70 units at lower division (27 in Physics, 15 chemistry, 24 math, 4 computer science) and a minimum of 57 units at upper division, totaling 127 units in the major and 40 units of breadth requirements.  Relative to the B.S. Physics–Standard Track, the Applied Physics and Engineering Track replaces Phys 136 with a physics elective and two physics electives with two engineering electives. The minimum total units is 165. The following schedule has 195 units with 6 general electives.  Note that you must complete a minimum of 180 units to be eligible for graduation.  Students who wish to take more than 216 units must receive permission from the associate dean.

Sample course plan for Applied Physics and Engineering Track

This sample course plan begins with the physics 41ABC series, which is strongly recommended.  Please see this web page for alternative introductory physics options.

Freshman year

FallWinterSpring
Phys 41A (8 units) Phys 41B (8 units) Phys 41C (8 units)
Math 9A (4 units) Math 9B (4 units) Math 9C (4 units)
English 1A (4 units) English 1B (4 units) Breadth, Elective, or CS 10 (4 units)
Phys 39 (3 units) S/NS    
Total units 19 Total units 16 Total units 16

Sophomore year

FallWinterSpring
Phys 130A (4 units) Phys 130B (4 units) Phys 132 (4 units)
Chem 1A/1AL (5 units) Chem 1B/1BL (5 units) Chem 1C/1CL (5 units)
Math 10A (4 units) Math 10B (4 units) Math 46 (4 units)
Comp Sci 10 (4 units) Breadth 1 of 7 (4 units) Breadth 2 of 7 (4 units)
Total units 17 Total units 17 Total units 17

Junior year

FallWinterSpring
Phys 135A (4 units) Phys 135B (4 units) Elective (4 units)
Phys 156A (4 units) Phys 156B (4 units) Engin Elective 1 of 2 (4 units)
Phys Elective 1 of 2 (4 units):
150A recommended
Phys Elective 2 of 2 (4 units):
150B recommended
Elective (4 units)
Breadth 3 of 7 (4 units) Breadth 4 of 7 (4 units) Breadth 5 of 7 (4 units)
Total units 16 Total units 16 Total units 16

Senior year

FallWinterSpring
Phys 139L (5 units) Phys 142W (5 units) Phys 142L (4 units)
Engin Elective 2 of 2 (4 units) Breadth 7 of 7 (4 units) Elective (4 units)
Breadth 6 of 7 (4 units) Required elective (4 units) Elective (4 units)
Elective (4 units) Elective (4 units)  
Total units 17 Total units 17 Total units 12
Total units: 197 including 6 general electives.
  • Students completing the 40ABC series can take 41C in Year 2.

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