Physics (Course 8)

Department of Physics

Bachelor of Science in Physics (Focused Option)

General Institute Requirements (GIRs)

The General Institute Requirements include a Communication Requirement that is integrated into both the HASS Requirement and the requirements of each major; see details below.

Summary of Subject Requirements Subjects
Science Requirement 6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement; at least two of these subjects must be designated as communication-intensive (CI-H) to fulfill the Communication Requirement. 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement [can be satisfied by 8.03 or 8.04, and 18.03 in the Departmental Program] 2
Laboratory Requirement (12 units) [satisfied by 8.13 or equivalent in the Departmental Program] 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree 17
Physical Education Requirement
Swimming requirement, plus four physical education courses for eight points.

Departmental Program

Choose at least two subjects in the major that are designated as communication-intensive (CI-M) to fulfill the Communication Requirement.

Required SubjectsUnits
18.03Differential Equations 112
8.03Physics III12
8.033Relativity12
8.04Quantum Physics I12
8.044Statistical Physics I12
8.05Quantum Physics II12
8.06Quantum Physics III (CI-M)12
8.13Experimental Physics I (CI-M)18
8.14Experimental Physics II18
8.223Classical Mechanics II6
8.THUUndergraduate Physics Thesis 212
Restricted Electives
One subject in the Department of Mathematics beyond 18.0312
Two subjects in the Department of Physics in addition to those listed above, including at least one of the following: 324
Electromagnetism II
Statistical Physics II
Classical Mechanics III
Units in Major174
Unrestricted Electives48
Units in Major That Also Satisfy the GIRs(36)
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree186

The units for any subject that counts as one of the 17 GIR subjects cannot also be counted as units required beyond the GIRs.

1

18.032 Differential Equations is also an acceptable option.

2

A thesis of 12 units is required. Not more than 30 units of thesis credit may be included in the minimum units beyond the General Institute Requirements required for the SB degree.

3

Subject descriptions identify subjects that cannot be used for this purpose.

 

Bachelor of Science in Physics (Flexible Option)

General Institute Requirements (GIRs)

The General Institute Requirements include a Communication Requirement that is integrated into both the HASS Requirement and the requirements of each major; see details below.

Summary of Subject Requirements Subjects
Science Requirement 6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement; at least two of these subjects must be designated as communication-intensive (CI-H) to fulfill the Communication Requirement. 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement [can be satisfied by 8.03 or 8.04, and 18.03 in the Departmental Program] 2
Laboratory Requirement (12 units) [satisfied by 8.13 or equivalent in the Departmental Program] 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree 17
Physical Education Requirement
Swimming requirement, plus four physical education courses for eight points.

Departmental Program

Choose at least two subjects in the major that are designated as communication-intensive (CI-M) to fulfill the Communication Requirement.

Required SubjectsUnits
18.03Differential Equations 112
8.03Physics III12
8.04Quantum Physics I12
8.044Statistical Physics I12
8.21Physics of Energy (CI-M)6-12
or 8.223 Classical Mechanics II
Select one of the following:9-12
Quantum Physics II
Introduction to Special Relativity
Relativity
Select one of the following experimental experiences, subject to the approval of the department:18
Experimental Physics I (CI-M)
A laboratory subject of similar intensity in another department
An experimental research project or senior thesis 2
An experimentally oriented summer externship
Restricted Electives
At least one subject in the Department of Physics in addition to those listed above 312
Three subjects forming one intellectually coherent unit in some area, not necessarily physics, subject to the approval of the department36
Units in Major129-138
Unrestricted Electives66-87
Units in Major That Also Satisfy the GIRs(24-36)
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree180

The units for any subject that counts as one of the 17 GIR subjects cannot also be counted as units required beyond the GIRs.

1

18.032 Differential Equations is also an acceptable option.

2

Not more than 30 units of thesis credit may be included in the minimum units beyond the General Institute Requirements required for the SB degree.

3

Subject descriptions identify subjects that cannot be used for this purpose.