Sample 4-Year Plans

Below find examples of 4-year plans that reflect concentrations in the following subjects:

Physics     Mathematics     Geology     Education     Computer Science     Renewable Energy     Chemistry    

Physics Concentration

 

Fall

Spring

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

  • PHYS 491 (2 units; Senior Seminar)
  • PHYS 316 (2 units)
  • Physics Selective
  • General Elective (4 units)
Curricular Notes:
  • To complete Core by the end of the sophomore year, students will need to double dip at least one course.
  • MATH 212 and MATH 214 can be taken in any order.
  • Though it is not a requirement for the major, students are strongly encouraged to take COMP 165: Mathematica (2 units) by the end of their sophomore year.
  • COMP 131 is recommended, but not required for this concentration.
  • The Physics Selective can be any course from the 260 or 360 series, or 300-level courses below 390, that are not otherwise required for the concentration.

 

Mathematics Concentration

 

Fall

Spring

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

  • 300-Level PHYS course
  • 300-Level PHYS course
  • 300-Level MATH course
  • General Elective (4 units)

Year 4

  • PHYS 491 (2 units; Senior Seminar)
  • PHYS 316 (2 units)
  • Physics Selective
  • General Elective (4 units)
Curricular Notes:
  • To complete Core by the end of the sophomore year, students will need to double dip at least one course.
  • MATH 212 and MATH 214 can be taken in any order.
  • Though it is not a requirement for the major, students are strongly encouraged to take COMP 165: Mathematica (2 units) by the end of their sophomore year.
  • COMP 131 is recommended, but not required for this concentration.
  • The Physics Selective can be any course from the 260 or 360 series, or 300-level courses below 390, that are not otherwise required for the concentration.
  • The Mathematics concentration requires 8 units of 300-level PHYS courses in addition to PHYS 310, PHYS 320, and PHYS 315. The department recommends PHYS 315 (2 units), PHYS 316 (2 units), PHYS 330 (4 units), and/or PHYS 340 (4 units).
  • For the two 300-level MATH courses, students can take any 300-level MATH course except MATH 300: Junior Colloquium.

 

Geology Concentration

 

Fall

Spring

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

  • PHYS 330
  • GEO 235 + Lab
  • General Elective (4 units)
  • General Elective (4 units)

Year 4

  • PHYS 491 (2 units; Senior Seminar)
  • General Elective (4 units)
  • General Elective (4 units)
  • General Elective (4 units)
Curricular Notes:
  • To complete core by the end of the sophomore year, students will need to double dip at least two courses.
  • MATH 212 and MATH 214 can be taken in any order.
  • Though it is not a requirement for the major, students are strongly encouraged to take COMP 165: Mathematica (2 units) by the end of their sophomore year.
  • COMP 131 is recommended, but not required for this concentration.
  • GEO 105 must be taken before the end of the sophomore year. Students pursuing the Geology Concentration can take PHYS 340 or PHYS 350 instead of PHYS 330, but PHYS 330 is strongly encouraged.
  • A 300-level Geology course can be taken instead of GEO 245 if desired.

 

Education Concentration

 

Fall

Spring

Year 1

Year 2

 

Year 3

  • Physics Selective (4 units)
  • EDUC 207
  • General Elective (4 units)
  • General Elective (4 units)

Year 4

  • PHYS 490 (2 units; Senior Seminar)
  • EDUC 300 (2 units)
  • Physics Selective (4 units)
  • General Elective (4 units)
  • General Elective (4 units)
  • PHYS 491 (2 units; Senior Seminar)
  • Physics Selective (4 units)
  • General Elective (4 units)
  • General Elective (4 units)
Curricular Notes:
  • MATH 212 and MATH 214 can be taken in any order.
  • Though it is not a requirement for the major, students are strongly encouraged to take COMP 165: Mathematica (2 units) by the end of their sophomore year.
  • COMP 131 is recommended, but not required for this concentration.
  • The Physics Selective can be any course from the 260 or 360 series, or 300-level courses below 390, that are not otherwise required for the concentration.

 

Computer Science Concentration

 

Fall

Spring

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

  • PHYS 490 (2 units; Senior Seminar)
  • PHYS 320
  • 300-Level COMP course
  • General Elective (4 units)
  • General Elective (4 units)
  • PHYS 491 (2 units; Senior Seminar)
  • General Elective (2 units)
  • General Elective (4 units)
  • General Elective (4 units)
  • General Elective (4 units)
Curricular Notes:
  • In order to complete core by the end of the sophomore year, at least one course will need to be double dipped.
  • MATH 212 and MATH 214 can be taken in any order.
  • Though it is not a requirement for the major, students are strongly encouraged to take COMP 165: Mathematica (2 units) by the end of their sophomore year.
  • Computer Science concentration students can take two from: PHYS 320, PHYS 330, PHYS 340, and PHYS 350
  • The 300-level COMP course can be any course except COMP 390 or practicum.

 

Renewable Energy Concentration

 

Fall

Spring

Year 1

  • Fall FYS course
  • PHYS 110 + Lab (CPLS)
  • Calculus 1 (CPMS)
  • Core Requirement (4 units)
  • Spring FYS course
  • PHYS 117 + Lab
  • Calculus 2 (CPMS)
  • Core Requirement (4 units)

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Curricular Notes:
  • To complete core by the end of the sophomore year, students will need to double dip at least one course.
  • Though ECON 102 is not required for the concentration, it is a prerequisites for ECON 322 which is required.
  • COMP 131 is recommended, but not required for this concentration.
  • MATH 212 and MATH 214 can be taken in any order.
  • The Renewable Energy Concentration requires students to complete two of the following: ECON 201, UEP 246, and INT 200
  • Though it is not a requirement for the major, students are strongly encouraged to take COMP 165: Mathematica (2 units) by the end of their sophomore year.
  • The Physics Selective can be any course from the 260 or 360 series, or 300-level courses below 390, that are not otherwise required for the concentration.

 

Chemistry Concentration

 

Fall

Spring

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

  • PHYS 491 (2 units; Senior Seminar)
  • CHEM 240 + Lab
  • General Elective (4 units)
  • General Elective (4 units)
Curricular Notes:
  • To complete core by the end of the sophomore year, students will need to double dip one course
  • MATH 212 and MATH 214 can be taken in any order.
  • Though it is not a requirement for the major, students are strongly encouraged to take COMP 165: Mathematica (2 units) by the end of their sophomore year.
  • COMP 131 is recommended, but not required for this concentration.
  • Chemistry Concentration students can take either PHYS 330 or PHYS 350.

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