Dec 11, 2023
The Bachelor of Science degree provides a foundation in basic science. Students wishing to pursue an immediate career in science or technology, or wishing to pursue graduate studies in physics should take recommended upper division courses as electives.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
- demonstrate a basic understanding of the fundamental laws of classical and modern physics.
- report and communicate the results of experimental/theoretical investigation and research.
- demonstrate appropriate quantitative and analytical skills.
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- Total Units | 120
- Cumulative GPA | 2.0
- University GPA | 2.0
- Major GPA | 2.0
- Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
- Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
- Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units
- Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 60 Units
I. Core General Education Requirements (27-30 units)
NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy .”
Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.
A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3
B. Quantitative Reasoning (4 units) - CO2
C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (8 units) - CO4, CO4L
D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6 courses .
E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .
F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog.
II. Additional Core Requirements (12 units maximum)
Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV). Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog.
A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9
The following courses count in the Major Requirement:
B. Diversity & Equity - CO10
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO10 courses.
C. Global Context - CO11
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO11 courses.
D. Ethics - CO12
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO12 courses.
E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO13 courses.
III. Additional Requirements (0 units)
IV. Major Requirements (67 units)
A. Required Physics Courses (33 units)
B. Required Related Courses (25 units)
C. Elective Physics Courses (9 units)
Choose from list below:
V. Minor Requirements (0 units)
Minors are encouraged to broaden the student’s credentials in a multidisciplinary job market.
VI. Electives (11-14 units)
Students are strongly encouraged to take courses in related fields of interest.
VII. Recommended Schedule
Spring Semester (15 units)
Spring Semester (16 units)
Spring Semester (14 units)
Spring Semester (14 units)
- PHYS 461 - Modern Optics and Photonics (3 units)
- Upper-Division Physics elective (3 units)
- Global Contexts (3 units) CO11
- Capstone Integration & Synthesis (3 units) CO13
- General Elective (2 units)