The Physics department offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Both degrees offer training in the fundamentals of physics, from classical mechanics to quantum mechanics. We strongly recommend students begin either major with General Physics I as early as possible (ideally, during their first semester). Four years from the beginning of the General Physics sequence is required to complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. The Bachelor of Arts degree can be completed in three years, but allowing four years is preferable. Students are required to have a 2.5 cumulative GPA in the General Physics (PHYS 231-233) and Calculus (MATH 121,122, and 221) sequences in order to declare a physics major.
For students who are interested in physics, but majoring in something else, we offer a physics minor.
Students interested in teaching physics in high school or middle school can combined a physics degree with a single subject teaching credential. They will also have to pass the California Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET).