2003-2004 College Education by UCI - University of California Irvine

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physics and astronomy matter at both advanced and undergraduate course levels the faculty is vigorous innovative and engaged in everything from the traditional activities of research education and university service to community action literature and national policy making to mention a few examples the department encourages student-faculty interaction undergraduate program the goal of the undergraduate major in physics is to develop expert problem solvers with a broad understanding of physical principles the program is flexible and prepares students for careers in industrial research applications programming education law or business as well as for graduate study in astronomy biomedical physics engineering or physics annual mandatory meetings with faculty advisors assist students in selecting a program that matches their aptitudes and interests in addition to the core physics courses students complete either a standard track such as the track for future ph.d physicists or one of the formal concentrations or specializations in applied physics biomedical physics computational physics philosophy of physics physics education or astrophysics in addition physics majors may find the minor in earth and atmospheric sciences offered by the department of earth system science to be of interest the three lower-division sequences in physics are distinguished by their intended audience their mathematical prerequisites and the extent to which they offer preparation for more advanced courses these aspects of the beginning courses are summarized as follows physics 3 intended audience premedical students biological sciences majors prerequisites algebra and trigonometry concurrent enrollment in mathematics 2a preparation for advanced courses physics 7d with permission physics 7 intended audience physical sciences and engineering majors prerequisite concurrent enrollment in mathematics 2 preparation for advanced courses physics 51a physics 16-21 intended audience nonscience majors prerequisites none preparation for advanced courses none admission to the major students may be admitted to the physics major upon entering the university as freshmen via change of major and as transfer students from other colleges and universities information about change of major policies is available in the physical sciences student affairs office for transfer student admission preference will be given to junior-level applicants with the highest grades overall and who have satisfactorily completed the following required courses one year of approved calculus and one year of calculusbased physics with laboratory for engineering and physics majors requirements for the bachelor s degree university requirements see pages 54-59 school requirements none departmental requirements physics 7 a-b-d-e with laboratory courses 7la-lb-ld mathematics 2a-b 2d-e 2j 3d physics 50 physics 51a-b physics 52a-b-c physics 53 or another programming course physics llla-b l12a-b 113a 115a 121 and 125a physics 196c or h196c or 197 and six additional coherently related four-unit courses the six coherently related courses are normally satisfied by concentrations specializations and tracks concentration in applied physics requirements the six additional coherently related courses required for the major must be in engineering and be approved by the department of physics and astronomy 361 concentration in biomedical physics requirements biological sciences 97 98 and 99 chemistry lab-c llb-lc 51a-b or 52a-b concentration in computational physics requirements three courses in computer science information and computer science 21 22 23 two courses in numerical analysis plus the accompanying laboratories mathematics 105a-b 105lalb and one advanced computational course mathematics 107 107l or physics 131 mathematics 6a is also recommended as a prerequisite concentration in philosophy of physics requirements one course selected from philosophy or logic and philosophy of science 30 104 105a-b-c or mathematics 150 151 152 philosophy or lps 31 philosophy or lps 140 one course from history 60 135a 135b 135c or an approved alternative elective physics 113b three courses selected from philosophy or lps 102 121 141a 141b 141c 141d concentration in physics education requirements education 173 two quarters of physical sciences 114 and/or physics 191 five courses selected from biological sciences la-b chemistry la-b-c earth system science 3 7 lola physics 20a-b · specialization in astrophysics requirements three astrophysics courses physics 137 144 145 and any two of the four special topics courses physics 132 134 135 136 honors program in physics the honors program in physics provides an opportunity for selected students majoring in physics to pursue advanced work in one of the research areas of the department admission to the program is based on an application normally submitted by the sixth week of the spring quarter of the junior year applicants must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.4 and a grade point average in physics courses of 3.5 or better exceptions to these procedures and standards may be granted in unusual circumstances in selecting students for the program the department considers evidence of ability and interest in research students admitted to the program participate in a year-long course physics h196a-b-c which includes two quarters of research and a final quarter in which a written thesis is submitted if this work and the student s final gpa are deemed of honors quality by the program advisor the student then graduates with departmental honors in physics planning a program of study physics 3 is a one-year course suitable for premedical students students majoring in biological sciences and nonscience majors it surveys most of the important branches of physics laboratory work accompanies the course nonscience majors with some mathematical skill may wish to consider physics 3 as an alternative to physics 16 through 21 a student who decides to major in physics after completing physics 3 should meet with the department undergraduate advisor for placement information physics 7 is an intensive four-quarter course for students in physical sciences and engineering who are interested in a careful quantitative approach to macroscopic physics laboratory work accompanies the course students ~ith an advanced background in physics may begin the sequence with 7b upon satisfactory completion of the physics placement examination uc irvine 2003-2004