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Department of Physics & Astronomy



B.S. in Physics (Standard Track)


B.S. in Physics (Standard Track), students starting with Math 8b

The co-requisite course for PHYS 41A is Math 9A or higher.  For this reason, students who place into Math 8b can't start the PHYS 41ABC series in their first quarter.  This page gives two alternate paths through the introductory physics series for students who place into Math 8b.  Both paths have advantages and disadvantages.  Please consult your physics faculty academic advisor for guidance on which path is best for you.

 

Option 1 : 40ABC + 41C

  • Advantages: You begin taking physics in your 2nd quarter and you begin upper-division physics in your second year.
  • Disadvantages: You do not have the benefits of Phys 41AB, which are explained here.

Freshman year

FallWinterSpring
  Phys 40A (5 units) Phys 40B (5 units)
Math 8b (5 units) Math 9B (4 units) Math 9C (4 units)
Chem 1A/1AL (5 units) Chem 1B/1BL (5 units) Chem 1C/1CL (5 units)
English 1A (4 units) English 1B (4 units) Breadth, Elective, or CS 10 (4 units)
Phys 39 (2 units) S/NS    
Total units 16 Total units 18 Total units 18

Sophomore year

FallWinterSpring
Phys 40C (5 units)   Phys 41C (8 units)
Phys 130A (4 units) Phys 130B (4 units)  
Math 10A (4 units) Math 10B (4 units) Math 46 (4 units)
Comp Sci 10 (4 units) Breadth 1 and 2 of 7 (2x4 units) Breadth 3 of 7 (4 units)
Total units 17 Total units 16 Total units 16

 

 

Option 2 : 41ABC in the second year

  • Advantages: You get the benefits of the Phys 41ABC series, which are explained here.
  • Disadvantages: You do not begin introductory physics until your 2nd year.  Upper division physics courses begin in the 3rd year.

Freshman year

FallWinterSpring
Math 8b (5 units) Math 9B (4 units) Math 9C (4 units)
Chem 1A/1AL (5 units) Chem 1B/1BL (5 units) Chem 1C/1CL (5 units)
English 1A (4 units) English 1B (4 units) Breadth, Elective, or CS 10 (4 units)
Phys 39 (2 units) S/NS Breadth 1 of 7 (4 units) Breadth 2 of 7 (4 units)
Total units 16 Total units 17 Total units 17

Sophomore year

FallWinterSpring
Phys 41A (8 units)  Phys 41B (8 units) Phys 41C (8 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 3 of 7 (4 units)
Total units 16 Total units 16 Total units 16

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