The Physics major is designed to appeal to students who wish to prepare for professional or graduate work in physics, as well as those who wish to study physics but have other career goals. The program for physics majors is composed of the Physics Foundation and one of four options.
All physics majors must complete a core of physics courses called the Foundation. In addition to the Foundation, all physics majors must complete one of the following Physics Options: Physics Option, Mathematics Option, Chemistry Option, Education Option. Upon graduation, the student's transcript will list both the major (Physics) and the chosen Option. Some majors opt to complete the 3/2 Combined Plan in Liberal Arts and Engineering. This program allows students to earn combined degrees at Oxy and either Columbia University or the California Institute of Technology. Click here to download a pdf file that details each available option, including the 3/2 plan, and the suggested course sequences for each.
Please see the catalog for information about courses, requirements (including the writing requirement) and general information about the Physics major. Some important topics are covered in more detail, just a click away! Please see below:
- Exemption by Exam
- Curriculum Schematic for students starting after Summer 2015
- Curriculum Schematic for students starting after Summer 2016
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