## Program: Physics, B.A.

## Program Description

The B.A. program in Physics is designed for students who are seeking a broad foundation in physics as part of a liberal arts education in the arts and sciences. It is particularly appropriate for those students (1) seeking a secondary teaching career or (2) planning to combine physics with other disciplines, such as music, law, and business.

## Program Requirements

To enroll in the first courses in Mathematics and Computer Science, students must meet the prerequisites; otherwise, they may be required to take additional courses in preparation for the required courses. Students must complete the course requirements listed. In addition, all students are required to take a comprehensive exam on advanced physics prior to graduation. The dates of the exam will be posted in the department office. Finally, students are required to do a senior project in their final year and pass the associated class PHYS 497. For more information, consult the department undergraduate advisor.

### 1. Lower Division Required Courses (35-37 units)

COMP 110/L Introduction to Algorithms and Programming and Lab (3/1)

or COMP 111A/L and COMP 111B/L Introduction to Algorithms and Programming and Lab (2/1, 2/1)

MATH 280 Applied Differential Equations (3)

PHYS 225 Physics I (4)

and PHYS 220AL Mechanics Lab (1)

PHYS 226 Physics II (4)

and PHYS 220BL Electricity and Magnetism Lab (1)

### 2. Upper Division Required Courses (22 units)

PHYS 301 Analytical Mechanics I (3)

PHYS 311 Electromagnetism I (3)

PHYS 365 Experimental Physics I (2)

PHYS 375 Quantum Physics I (3)

PHYS 389 Mathematical Methods in Physics I (3)

PHYS 431 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (4)

PHYS 493 Physics and Astronomy Colloquium (1)

PHYS 497 Senior Project (3)

### 3. Upper Division Electives (6 units)

Electives should be chosen with approval of the department undergraduate advisor. Note: Upper division courses in the major plus upper division courses outside the major must total a minimum of 40 units in accordance with University requirements for a B.A. degree.

### 4. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog, including 3 units of coursework meeting the Ethnic Studies (ES) graduation requirement.

12 units are satisfied by the following courses in the major: PHYS 225 satisfies B1 Physical Science; PHYS 220AL satisfies B3 Science Laboratory Activity; MATH 150A satisfies Basic Skills B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning; PHYS 301 satisfies B5 Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning; and COMP 110/L or COMP 111B/L satisfies E Lifelong Learning.

#### Total Units in the Major: 63-65

#### General Education Units: 36

#### Additional Units: 19-21

#### Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120

## Contact

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Chair: Debi Choudhary

Live Oak Hall (LO) 1128

(818) 677-2775

## Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Physics will be able to:

- Describe natural phenomena in general and in their chosen program option using principles of physics.
- Set up laboratory experiments and collect data from observations and experiments.
- Combine insights and techniques from the various courses in the program.
- Derive quantitative predictions from a model through mathematical analysis.
- Analyze data, provide error analysis, and test a model or hypothesis by comparing with data.
- Competently use computer tools, including software programs for data analysis and presentation, numerical analysis, and computer simulations.
- Convey physical concepts with mathematical expressions.
- Clearly communicate physical concepts, findings, and interpretations through oral presentations.
- Write clear, organized and illustrated technical reports with proper references to previous work in the area.
- Search for and read scientific literature.
- Make unbiased and objective judgments of theories and experiments.
- Maintain integrity in their research and adhere to ethical principles regarding plagiarism, data collection, and selective data sampling.
- Give proper attribution.
- Practice lab safety.

## ADT/STAR Act Degree Road Maps

Students who have graduated with a verified Associate Degree for Transfer and have been admitted to a CSUN program that has been deemed similar will be able to complete the baccalaureate degree within 60 semester units. For additional information, see ADT/STAR Act Degree Road Maps.