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Physical Science

Physics is the study of the natural world at its foundation. As such it is the basis of other disciplines such as biology, medicine, chemistry, computer science, geology, astronomy and engineering. Physicists study the world from the smallest particles of matter (quarks and leptons), nuclei, atoms, and molecules; through forces and motions which determine properties of solids, liquids, gases, and plasmas; to descriptions of the behavior of matter on all scales up to stars, galaxies, and even the origin and fate of the universe. The department encourages student-faculty interaction in all these areas.

For the traditional physics baccalaureate degree, the department offers a General Physics Option, which provides access to advanced theoretical and technical careers. In addition, students may gain experience by participating in research projects (e.g. neutrino experiments, medical imaging, and nuclear physics).

Since many physics majors find their niche in teaching, the department offers a Physical Science Option tailored to meet education standards and satisfy waiver requirements for a single subject teaching credential. The Physics faculty are committed to teaching excellence, and to teacher education in the sciences. The department provides essential laboratory hands-on experience in understanding and demonstrating science.

For students intending to pursue graduate work or employment in Electrical Engineering, the department offers an Electrical Engineering option, intended to facilitate a seamless transition after graduation. An agreement in place with the CSU Fullerton College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science allows students to satisfy all of the course requirements for admission to an MS program at CSU Fullerton.

The Physical Science Option provides a broad understanding of the physical sciences, in particular, physics, chemistry, geology and mathematics. This option is designed for students interested in teaching physical science in secondary school or pursuing a general science field such as science journalism.

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Admission requirements

First-time freshman:

  • High school GPA of 2.5 (“B” average) or higher
  • High school graduation certificate or exam results
  • Proof of English proficiency

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Program content

In addition to the Physics major requirements, modules for the Physical Science Option include:

  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • Physical Geology
  • Physical Geology Laboratory
  • Earth History & Evolution
  • Earth History Lab
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Calculus III
  • General Physics I
  • General Physics II
  • General Physics III
  • Introduction to Computer Education
  • Introduction to Computers and Basic Programming
  • Introduction to Computer Science and Programming I
  • Physical Optics
  • Analog Electronics
  • Advanced Laboratory
  • Thermal Physics

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information

Tuition fees

  • Tuition Fees: $6,945 (24 units/2 semesters)
  • Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition ($396/unit): $9,504 (24 units/2 semesters)

Career opportunities

Graduates find technical positions in industry, government or teaching; or pursue advanced degrees for research, design, or analysis in physics, engineering or related fields. The campus is surrounded with electronics, aerospace, and semiconductor companies, among others, who hire physicists to work in applications of optics, electrical engineering, biophysics, computer science, geophysics, aerospace, and astronomy.

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California State University, Dominguez Hills

Established in 1960, California State University, Dominguez Hills (called CSUDH) is a highly diverse, metropolitan university primarily serving the South Bay area of Los Angeles County with easy access to downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and the sunny California beaches. CSUDH...

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California State University, Dominguez Hills

1000 E Victoria St.
90747 Carson California
United States of America

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