Physics

Bachelor of Science in Physics

 

The Bachelor of Science degree offers an in-depth and rigorous treatment of physics for students intending to pursue careers in basic science.

Degree listings here reflect current requirements. Since actual graduation requirements depend on the specific year which a student enters USC, students should always consult with their faculty advisor to determine course selection.

Sample Program

Bachelor of Science Physics

 
Year 1
FallUnits
Math 125 4
Chem 115aL 4
Phys 190 1
GE - Social Issues 4
WRIT 140 4

Total 17
SpringUnits
Math 126 4
Chem 115bL 4
Phys 151L 4
GE requirement 4
   

Total 16
Year 2
FallUnits
Math 226 4
Phys 152L 4
Foreign Language 4
GE Requirement 4

Total 16
SpringUnits
Math 245 4
Phys 153L 4
Foreign Language 4
GE Requirement 4

Total 16
Year 3
FallUnits
Math 445 4
Phys 304 4
Foreign Language 4
GE Requirement 4

Total 16
SpringUnits
Phys 316 4
Phys 438a 4
Writ 340 4
Elective 4

Total 16
Year 4
FallUnits
Phys 408a 4
Phys 438b 4
Phys 492L 4
Elective 4

Total 16
SpringUnits
Phys 408b 4
Phys 440 4
Phys 493L 4
Elective 4

Total 16
Requirement Listing
Required Lower Division CoursesUnitsSemester Offered
PHYS 151L Fundamentals of Physics I 4 FaSpSu
PHYS 152L Fundamentals of Physics II 4 FaSpSu
PHYS 153L Fundamentals of Physics III 4 FaSpSu
PHYS 190 Freshman Colloquium 1 Fa
CHEM 115abL* Advanced General Chemistry 4-4 a-Fa, b-Sp
MATH 125 Calculus I 4 FaSpSu
MATH 126 Calculus II 4 FaSpSu
MATH 226 Calculus III 4 FaSp
MATH 245 Mathematics of Physics and
Engineering I
4 FaSp
 
Required Upper Division Courses Units  
PHYS 304 Mechanics 4 Fa
PHYS 316 Introduction to Thermodynamics
and Statistical Physics
4 Sp Odd Years
PHYS 408ab Electricity and Magnetism 4-4 a-Fa, b-Sp
PHYS 438ab Introduction to Quantum
Mechanics and its Applications
4-4 a-Sp, b-Fa
PHYS 440 Introduction to Solid
State Physics
4 Sp Even Years
PHYS 492L Senior Laboratory 4 Fa
PHYS 493L Advanced Experimental Techniques 4 Sp
MATH 445 Mathematics of Physics and
Engineering II
4 FaSp

Total Units   77  

*CHEM 105abL may be substituted for CHEM 115abL

Bachelor of Arts in Physics

The Bachelor of Arts degree is ideal for students pursuing careers in other fields (e.g. law, finance or business management). This degree provides a strong science background in physics, while allowing the flexibility to pursue a minor or double major.

Degree listings here reflect current requirements. Since actual graduation requirements depend on the specific year which a student enters USC, students should always consult with their faculty advisor to determine course selection.

Sample Program

Bachelor of Arts Physics

Year 1
FallUnits
Math 125 4
Chem 105aL 4
Phys 190 1
GE - Social Issues 4
WRIT 140 4

Total 17
SpringUnits
Math 126 4
Phys 151L 4
Chem 105bL 4
GE Requirement 4
   

Total 16
Year 2
FallUnits
Math 226 4
Phys 152L 4
Foreign Language 4
GE Requirement 4

Total 16
SpringUnits
Math 245 4
Phys 153L 4
Foreign Language 4
GE Requirement 4

Total 16
Year 3
FallUnits
Math 445 4
Phys 304 4
Foreign Language 4
GE Requirement 4

Total 16
SpringUnits
Phys 316 4
Phys 438a 4
Writ 340 4
Elective 4

Total 16
Year 4
FallUnits
Phys 408a 4
Phys 492L 4
Elective 4
Elective 4

Total 16
SpringUnits
Restricted Elective 4
Elective 4
Elective 4
Elective 4

Total 16
Requirement Listing
Required Lower Division CoursesUnitsSemester Offered
PHYS 151L Fundamentals of Physics I 4 FaSpSu
PHYS 152L Fundamentals of Physics II 4 FaSpSu
PHYS 153L Fundamentals of Physics III 4 FaSpSu
PHYS 190 Freshman Colloquium 1 Fa
CHEM 105abL* General Chemistry 4-4 FaSpSu
MATH 125 Calculus I 4 FaSpSu
MATH 126 Calculus II 4 FaSpSu
MATH 226 Calculus III 4 FaSp
MATH 245 Mathematics of Physics and
Engineering I
4 FaSp
 
Required Upper Division Courses Units  
PHYS 304 Mechanics 4 Fa
PHYS 316 Introduction to Thermodynamics
and Statistical Physics
4 Sp Odd Years
PHYS 408a Electricity and Magnetism 4 Fa
PHYS 438a Introduction to Quantum
Mechanics and its Applications
4 Sp
PHYS 492L Senior Laboratory 4 Fa
Choose one (1) PHYS 408b,
PHYS 438b,
PHYS 440, or
PHYS 493L
4  
MATH 445 Mathematics of Physics and
Engineering II
4 FaSp

Total Units   65  

*CHEM 115abL may be substituted for CHEM 105abL

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