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B.A./B.S. in Physics

USA

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What will I learn?

Our department offers several programs leading to the B.S. and B.A. degrees in physics. The philosophy of our degree programs is to train students not only to acquire the knowledge of Physics but to learn how to solve new problems and to participate in the creation of new knowledge.

The extensive course offerings and modern facilities within the Department of Physics & Astronomy, coupled with close, personal counseling by faculty advisers, provide students with a physics program that is characterized by its breadth and flexibility. Students are also encouraged to participate in undergraduate research during their stay at UCR. The hands-on experience gained from this can be invaluable for their future careers. In 2009, 57% of graduates participated in research with our faculty.

The core requirements begin with our freshman seminar, Physics 39, focusing on physics-related careers and research while setting expectations for the undergraduate major experience. The requirements culminate with our capstone advanced laboratory course, Physics 142L, which provides an equipment-rich, open-ended laboratory experience where students apply, integrate and further develop the knowledge and skills they have acquired while pursuing their major.

A unique feature of our undergraduate major curriculum is the 24 unit introductory sequence, Physics 41ABC, designed specifically for Physics majors and intended to be taken in their freshman year. This series puts our undergraduates on the fast track to upper division Physics courses, undergraduate research, and towards success within the major. All Physics degrees require the same core courses which are generally completed by the end of junior year leaving time for additional courses that meet the students’ goals and interests.

Our program offers both B.A. and B.S. degrees in Physics.

The B.A. degree is ideal for students who want a liberal arts education and future careers in law, business or policy with training in physics that may be useful in patent law, high tech business management or sales and technology policy.

There are several tracks within the B.S. degree program:

Both the Standard and Applied Physics and Engineering tracks offer ideal preparation for graduate school in Physics, Astronomy, Applied Physics or Engineering. The latter track also aims at students interested in immediate employment in STEM-related fields who may wish to take more courses in computer science or engineering. In addition, students may consider obtaining a minor in Math minor by taking 24 upper division units in Math such as Math 113, 146ABC, 165AB.

The Biophysics track is appropriate for students interested in medical or other health-related professional school or graduate school in Bioengineering, Biomaterials, Biophysics, or Biochemistry or Environmental Physics.

Students interested in high school teaching may wish to take our Physics Education track. This program prepares students for teaching internships and certification programs immediately upon graduation and/or completion of a Masters of Education degree in 1 year.

Which department am I in?

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$45,264.00 per year
Tuition and Fees: USD $15,570 Plus Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition: USD $29,754
Start date

Expected March, September 2023

Venue

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Geology Building, Room 2258,

900 University Avenue,

RIVERSIDE,

California,

92521, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To meet minimum requirements to be considered for UCR selection, you must earn a minimum GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale (equivalent to an 85 percent on a 100 percent scale). The assessment of a qualifying GPA is based on “a–g” courses (required high school/secondary classes) completed in years 10 and 11. If the high school/secondary school offers a different curriculum, your academic achievement will be based on that educational system’s grading scale.

For international students

To meet minimum requirements to be considered for UCR selection, you must earn a minimum GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale (equivalent to an 85 percent on a 100 percent scale). The assessment of a qualifying GPA is based on “a–g” courses (required high school/secondary classes) completed in years 10 and 11. If the high school/secondary school offers a different curriculum, your academic achievement will be based on that educational system’s grading scale.

English Language proficiency

You can demonstrate proficiency by meeting any of the following exam benchmarks. Keep in mind that you must complete one of these exams by December of your final year of high school/secondary school.

Score 3, 4 or 5 on the AP examination in English Language and Composition, or English Literature and Composition

Score 6 or 7 on the IB Standard Level examination in English (Language A only)

Score 5, 6 or 7 on the IB Higher Level examination in English (Language A only)

Score 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination: Internet-based test (iBT): Minimum score of 80 or better; Paper-delivered test: Minimum score of 60 or better.

Duolingo English Test (DET): Minimum score of 115

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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