Physics and Astronomy

Physics BA

The Physics BA major is intended to provide students with a strong background in physics, yet allow students flexibility to study other fields as well. It should be of particular interest to students who want to double major or who want to teach science. Students who intend to continue work toward the PhD in Physics are advised to pursue the Physics BS.

Learning Outcomes

The Physics major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrated mastery of the fundamental principles and applications of classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics
  • Demonstrated mastery of the associated necessary mathematical skills in differential equations, analysis, and linear algebra
  • Demonstrated proficiency in basic lab skills, including understanding and using modern instrumentation and computers
  • Development of critical scientific thinking
  • Ability to retrieve and organize scientific information
  • Ability to apply scientific methodology to qualitatively and quantitatively analyze a wide variety of physical phenomena
  • Ability to present clear written and oral accounts of old and new scientific results

Preparation for the Major

Required: Physics 1A or 1AH, 1B or 1BH, 1C or 1CH, 4AL, 4BL, 17, 18L; Chemistry and Biochemistry 20A; Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B. A detailed brochure on the major is available from the Undergraduate Office, 1-707A Physics and Astronomy Building.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Physics BA major with 90 or more units must complete the following introductory courses prior to admission to UCLA: two years of calculus, one and one half years of calculus-based physics with laboratory for majors, and one general chemistry course for majors.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: Physics 105A, 105B, 110A, 110B, 112, 115A, 115B, 115C, 131, one course from the 180 series. A C average in the upper-division physics courses is required.