Junior and Senior Recommended Course Schedule

Junior and Senior Recommended Course Schedule

The Physics Department offers 3 tracks for the Bachelor of Science degree in Physics: standard, advanced and honors.

STANDARD TRACK
This track is appropriate for most majors.

Junior Year
Fall Winter Spring
PHYS 103
PHYS 115A
PHYS 127AL (transfers)*      
PHYS 101
PHYS 104
PHYS 115B
PHYS 128AL (transfers)*
PHYS 115C
PHYS LAB (transfers)*
PHYS 127AL (juniors)**
Senior Year
PHYS 110A
PHYS 119A
PHYS 128AL      
PHYS 110B
PHYS ELECTIVE
PHYS ELECTIVE
PHYS ELECTIVE

PHYS 160A-ZZ and PHYS 260A-ZZ does not count toward major requirements.

* Transfers are those that attended another college or university before matriculing to UCSB.  

**Juniors are those that started UCSB as a freshmen.

ADVANCED TRACK
This track is appropriate for majors with strong preparation.

Junior Year
Fall Winter Spring
PHYS 103
PHYS 115A
PHYS 127AL (transfers)*
PHYS 101
PHYS 104
PHYS 115B
PHYS 128AL (transfers)*
PHYS 115C
PHYS 127AL (juniors)**
PHYS ELECTIVE
Senior Year
PHYS 110A
PHYS 119A
PHYS 128AL
PHYS 110B
PHYS 119B
PHYS ELECTIVE
PHYS ELECTIVE
PHYS ELECTIVE
PHYS ELECTIVE

PHYS 160A-ZZ and PHYS 260A-ZZ does not count toward major requirements.

Intermediate Mechanics, Phys 103, is an important course for introducing students to the methods of Upper-Division physics, and it is a prerequisite for Advanced Mechanics, Phys 104.  Most students will take this course, but those who have received grades of A- or above in Phys 20, 21, and 22 may be permitted to skip Phys 103; see the undergraduate advisor.

 

HONORS TRACK
This track is intended for well prepared students who plan to go on to Graduate School in Physics.

Junior Year
Fall Winter Spring
PHYS 102
PHYS 103
PHYS 115A
PHYS 119A
PHYS 101
PHYS 104
PHYS 115B
PHYS 119B
PHYS 115C
PHYS 127AL
PHYS ELECTIVE
PHYS ELECTIVE
Senior Year
PHYS 110A
PHYS 128AL
PHYS ELECT/THESIS
PHYS 110B
PHYS LAB ELECTIVE
PHYS ELECT/THESIS
PHYS ELECTIVE
PHYS ELECTIVE
PHYS ELECT/THESIS

PHYS 160A-ZZ and PHYS 260A-ZZ does not count toward major requirements.

Physics Electives

For Physics Majors and Minors, electives are required. Below is a list of courses in the Physics Department that may be used to fulfill those requirements. Courses not listed must be approved by your Faculty Advisor via Petition for Degree Requirements and/or Progress Checks.

» Course descriptions are found on the UCSB General Catalog

Course Number Course Title
Units
Qtr. Offered*
Physics 102 Linear Algebra and Applications 4 F
Physics 103 Intermediate Mechanics 4 F
Physics 106 Nonlinear Phenomena 4 S
Physics 119B Thermal and Statistical Physics 4 W
Physics 120 Physics of California 4 F or S
Physics 121A-B The Practice of Science 4-4 W, S
Physics 123A-B Condensed Matter Physics 4-4 F, W
Physics 125 Elementary Particle Physics 4 S
Physics 127B Digital Electronics 4 W
Physics 131 Gravitation and Relativity 4 S
Physics 132 Stellar Structure and Evolution 4 F (EOY)**
Physics 133 Galaxies and Cosmology 4 F (EOY)**
Physics 134 Observational Astrophysics 4 S
Physics 135 Biophysics and Biomolecular Materials 3 W
Physics 141 Optics 4 S

*Courses are typically offered during this quarter, but may be subject to change based on instructor availability, etc. It is advised to check with the Department when trying to create a course schedule.

**EOY = Every Other Year; Physics 132 and 133 rotate each year.