Step 4: PHYSICAL SCIENCES

All students are required to take at least two courses (200 units) in the Physical Sciences, though your major generally dictates which courses you need to take to satisfy this requirement. Regardless of the subject, knowledge of the Physical Sciences help students develop the basis for judgment through the principles of experimentation, observation, and the principles of scientific inquiry. 

The College wants you to explore a particular subject within the Physical Sciences (e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Geophysical Sciences) in depth by completing two related courses. Accordingly, most eligible courses must be taken as sequences. There are some standalone course options available to non-science majors, but only certain combinations of these courses can satisfy the requirement.

CHEMISTRY


PHYSICS

PHYSICAL SCIENCE OPTIONS FOR NON-SCIENCE MAJORS (PHSC)

If you determine that you should take Chemistry or Physics in Autumn, be prepared to request 2-3 sections of the appropriate course. If you're interested in taking a PHSC course for non-science majors, request 1-2.

 

We've now looked at the four subjects that appear most frequently in 1st year schedules: Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences. From here on, we'll consider subjects that 1st years typically use as third or fourth courses to round out an Autumn quarter schedule.

 


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