Majors and requirements
The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a choice of four undergraduate majors:
- B.S. degree program in Astrophysics
- B.S. degree program in Biophysics
- B.S. degree program in Physics
- B.A. degree program in General Physics
Biophysics Major Requirements: Preparation for the major in Biophysics
Physics 1A or 1AH, 1B or 1BH, 1C or 1CH, 4AL, 4BL, 17
Math 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B
Chemistry 20A, 20B, 30A, 30B
Life Science 2, 3 or 3H, 4
(Total: 76 units)
Recommended courses: Life Science 1, 23L, 18L
The major in Biophysics (B.S. degree)
Physics 105A, 110A, 110B, 115A, 115B, 131, 180G, C187A, C187B
Physics 144 or C186
Chemistry and Biochemistry 110A, 153A, 153L
Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology 100 or M140 or 165A
(Total: 56 units)
Recommended courses: Physics 117, Chemistry 160A
No course intended to satisfy a requirement for the pre-major or major may be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis. A 2.0 average overall is required in all the above courses for completion of the degree.
Please see the College of Letters & Science (A-316 Murphy Hall) for information
regarding General Education, Foreign Language, Upper Division units and all other university requirements.
For all questions regarding the Biophysics major or Physics and Astronomy Departmental questions, contact either:
Possible sequences of courses for the B.S. Biophysics major (4-year plan)
With Physics 1A,B,C and/or the Honor sequences, there are several approaches for students considering a major in biophysics, all leading to a BS degree in four years. Displayed below are the science courses of a schedule beginning with Physics 1A in Winter, and one beginning with Physics 1A in the Fall. There are many variations possible in between. Junior transfers should see a departmental counselor immediately upon arrival at UCLA.
Begin Physics 1A in Winter Quarter
Life Science 4
MCD Biology 165/140
Begin Physics 1A or 1AH in Fall Quarter
Life Science 2
Junior/Senior Physics 110B, 115B, 180G, 144 or C186, C187A, C187B Chem 110A, 153A, 153L MCDB 100 or M140 or 165A
Additional courses either recommended for or related to the major or GE or university requirements should be taken at times consistent with the above sequence.
*Math 32A is pre-requisite to Physics 1B. Strong math students may take Math 32 and Physics 1B concurrently after departmental approval.
|Core course||Pre-req||Elective||Pre-req||Lab course||Pre-req|
|Physics 105A||Math 33A||Physics 108||Physics 110B||Physics 117|
|Physics 105B||Physics 131||Physics 114||Physics 105A,B||Physics 180A||124 (concurrent)|
|Physics 110A||Physics 131||Physics 122||Physics 110B||Physics 180D||114 (concurrent)|
|Physics 110B||Physics 110A||Physics 124||Physics 115C||Physics 180E||Physics 122|
|Physics 112||Physics 115A,B||Physics 126||Physics 115C||Physics 180F||126 (concurrent)|
|Physics 115A||Phy 131, 105A||Physics 132||Physics 131||Physics 180G|
|Physics 115B||Phy 115A,105B||Physics140A||Physics 115C|
|Physics 131||Math 33A,B||Physics 140B||Physics 140A|
|Physics C186||Math 33A|
Honors in Physics
The department offers three Honors programs in Physics. Option I emphasizes advanced work in mathematics. Option II, for students with an interest in experimental physics, requires a laboratory project culminating in a senior thesis. Option III, for students with an interest in theoretical physics, requires an independent study project culminating in a senior thesis.
Eligibility: Completion of preparation for the major and four upper division Physics courses; 3.0 GPA overall and 3.5 in upper division Physics and Mathematics courses.
Students who complete the above requirements with a 3.5 GPA in upper division Physics and Mathematics courses will graduate with Honors in Physics. Students who earn a GPA of 3.75 will graduate with Highest Honors in Physics.
For more information regarding departmental honors, please consult the undergraduate counselor.