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Degree Requirements for Major in Physics

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Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree in Physics & Astronomy

All candidates for the B.S. and B.A. degrees must satisfy the course breadth requirements for the Undergraduate Studies Section of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. In addition, a candidate must complete 70 quarter units of approved lower and a minimum of 57 units of upper division letter grade physics courses for the standard track, totaling a minimum of 127 quarter units of physics core requirements. Of these, 12 units are upper division elective classes, which focus on specific disciplines. Students are encouraged to become involved in research with a faculty mentor and write a Senior Thesis (Phys 195), which satisfies half of the senior advanced lab requirement (Phys 142). To graduate, a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C) is necessary overall and in the upper-division classes taken for the major.  A minimum of 180 units of academic work with a grade point average of 2.00 is required for graduation.  Students who wish to take more than 216 units must receive permission from the associate dean.

The requirements below are from the 2016-17 academic year UCR Catalog.  Students nearing completion apply to graduate based on the requirements in a specific version of the UCR Catalog.  Students may select any catalog version that was in effect during their time at UCR.  Students may not mix requirements from multiple catalog versions.

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Degree Requirements for Major in Physics


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