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Physics, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #351 (WUR) , CA,
Physics is the study of nature at its most fundamental. Its scope covers everything from the tiniest particles of matter — such as atoms, electrons and quarks — to the structure of the entire universe, encompassing innumerable galaxies and stars.

About

Physicists seek to understand complex phenomena in terms of simple, unifying principles. Their queries have ranged from the seemingly innocuous, like “What causes an object to fall?”, to the more elemental, like “What is the true nature of light?” Such questions led to the discovery of the gravitational force, which governs the motion of planets and stars, as well as to the biggest breakthrough of the twentieth century — quantum mechanics — which governs the very small. Answers to physicists' questions have revolutionized society, not only altering our basic understanding of the universe, but also profoundly affecting our day-to-day lives, laying the foundation for numerous technological innovations such as the laser, computer, and cellular phone. And physics continues to evolve and excite us, with unanswered questions from a multitude of active and emerging fields of research, such as Quantum Computation, Superconductivity, Chaos, Biophysics and String Theory, to name a few.

The Physics program at UC Merced provides a strong foundation in the fundamentals of theoretical and applied physics, while also emphasizing the increasingly interdisciplinary role played by physicists in the scientific and technological community. This is reflected in the “core plus emphasis track” model of the major. The core is a rigorous grounding in fundamental physical principles, including electricity and magnetism, quantum and classical mechanics, and thermodynamics. The emphasis tracks consist of flexible specialization options. Possible emphases include Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) Physics; Mathematical Physics; Biophysics; and Condensed Matter and Materials Physics.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  •  Energy and the Environment
  •  The Cosmos, Science and You
  •  Introductory Physics I for Physical Sciences
  •  Honors Introductory Physics I for Physical Sciences
  •  Introductory Physics II for Physical Sciences
  •  Honors Introductory Physics II for Physical Sciences
  •  Introductory Physics III
  •  Light, Color, and Vision
  •  Introductory Physics I for Biological Sciences
  •  Introductory Physics II for Biological Sciences
  •  Freshman Seminar
  •  Lower Division Undergraduate Research
  •  Lower Division Directed Group Study
  •  Lower Division Individual Study
  •  Biophysics
  •  Analytic Mechanics Core
  •  Thermal Physics Core
  •  Soft Matter Physics
  •  Electrodynamics Core

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    68

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • GPA is 3.0 or better (3.4 for nonresidents), based on the completed “a-g” courses, as described below in calculating your GPA.
  • You have already taken the required examination or will take it by December of your senior year.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20806 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20806 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6800 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Merced

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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