(College of Letters and Science)
Robert Svoboda, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department
Lori Lubin, Ph.D., Vice Chairperson of the Department (Administration and Undergraduate Matters)
Rajiv Singh, Ph.D., Vice Chairperson of the Department (Graduate Matters)
Department Office. 174 Physics Building; 530-752-1500; http://www.physics.ucdavis.edu
The Major Program
From the smallest subatomic particles to atoms, molecules, stars, and galaxies, the study of physics is the study of what makes the universe work. Knowledge gained using atomic-scale microscopes and high-energy particle accelerators and nuclear reactors
The Program. The Department of Physics offers a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and two Bachelor of Science degree programs: in Physics (which also offers an emphasis in Astrophysics), and in Applied Physics. The A.B. degree provides a broad coverage of classical and modern physics while permitting a broader liberal arts education
Career Alternatives. Careers in physics and applied physics include research and development, either in universities, government laboratories, or industry; teaching in high schools, junior colleges, and universities; management and administration in industrial laboratories and in government agencies; and in production and sales in
Graduate Study. The Department of Physics offers programs of study and research leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Further information regarding requirements for these three degrees, graduate research, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships may be obtained by writing to the Chairperson, Department of Physics, One Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis, CA 95616.
Physics 001 is a two-quarter sequence requiring some mathematics (trigonometry). Either 001A alone or both quarters may be taken. The sequence is not intended to satisfy entrance requirements of a year of physics for professional
Physics 007 is a one-year (three-quarter) introductory physics course with laboratory intended for students majoring in the biological sciences. It has a calculus prerequisite. If you don't want a full year of introductory physics, you should take one or
The sequence of material in Physics 007 is different from that in most traditionally taught introductory physics courses. Physics 007B is most like the first quarter or semester of traditionally taught courses which treat classical mechanics. Physics 007C is most like the last quarter or semester which, in traditionally taught courses, treats optics, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. The content and sequence of Physics 007A
If you have completed one introductory quarter or semester of a traditionally taught physics course and want to continue with Physics 007, you should first take (and will receive full credit for) Physics 007A. Then, either skip 007B, but self-study the last three weeks of material, or take 007B and receive reduced credit. Finally, take 007C for full credit.
If you have taken
Students not intending to take the entire sequence should instead take Physics 001.
Physics 009 is a four-quarter sequence using calculus throughout and including laboratory work as an integral component. The course is primarily for students in the physical sciences and engineering.
Physics 009H is a five-quarter honors physics sequence, which may be taken instead of Physics 009. It is intended primarily for first-year students with a strong interest in physics and with advanced placement in mathematics to Mathematics 021B. Students who plan to major in physics, and also motivated non-majors, should take Physics 009H instead of Physics 009 if they are ready to begin Mathematics 021B in fall quarter. In course requirements and prerequisites, Physics 009HA-009HE can be substituted for Physics 009A-009D. Students may not switch between the 009H and 009 series beyond 009HA or 009A.
Physics 010 is primarily a concept-oriented one-quarter lecture/discussion course requiring