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Natural Science Division

Physics

Program Learning Outcomes

A student who completes a physics degree should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of physics by solving problems in classical mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, and quantum mechanics.

  • recognize the role of observation and experimentation in science by utilizing basic laboratory techniques and data analysis to study physical phenomena.

  • communicate experimental results, theoretical solutions, and general knowledge of physics in both written and oral forms.

  • foster a culture of science and interest in physics within the greater community by having participated in co-curricular outreach or research activities.

The bachelor of science in physics degree program requires the completion of 40 units in physics and 19 units of courses from supporting disciplines.

Bachelor of Science in Physics

Course IDCourse NameUnits
Lower-Division Courses: 30 units
CHEM 120 General Chemistry I (GE) 3
CHEM 120L General Chemistry Lab I (GE) 1
COSC 105 Introduction to Programming 3
MATH 150 Calculus I (GE) 4
MATH 151 Calculus II 4
MATH 250 Calculus III 4
PHYS 201 Seminar for New Majors (PS) 1
PHYS 210 Physics I (GE) 5
PHYS 211 Physics II 5
Note: Students who completed PHYS 102 and PHYS 103 can still enter the physics major sequence provided they have completed the mathematics courses listed here.
Upper-Division Courses: 29 units
PHYS 312 Modern Physics 3
PHYS 320 Mathematical Methods of Physics 4
PHYS 330 Intermediate Mechanics 4
PHYS 380 Intermediate Laboratory (WI) (RM) 2
PHYS 410 Electricity & Magnetism I 3
PHYS 411 Electricity & Magnetism II 3
PHYS 420 Electronics 3
PHYS 430 Statistical and Thermodynamics 3
PHYS 440 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 4

First-Year Program

In the first year the physics major should enroll in CHEM 120, CHEM 120L, COSC 105, MATH 150, MATH 151, PHYS 201, and PHYS 210 in addition to general education courses.

PHYSICS MINOR

Course IDCourse NameUnits
 Required Courses for Physics Minor: 25-26 units
PHYS 210 Physics I (GE) 5
PHYS 211 Physics II 5
PHYS 312 Modern Physics 3
PHYS 330 Intermediate Mechanics 4
PHYS 380 Intermediate Laboratory 2
PHYS 410 Electricity & Magnetism I 3
 One upper-division physics course to be selected from: 
PHYS 320 Mathematical Methods of Physics 4
PHYS 411 Electricity and Magnetism II 3
PHYS 420 Electronics 3
PHYS 430 Statistical and Thermodynamics 3
PHYS 440 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 4

The above program requirements are excerpted from the Seaver catalog. This Web page is not an official binding document. To view the actual catalog visit: http://seaver.pepperdine.edu/academics/catalog/

You may email your questions to the Seaver Natural Science Division .