Qualifying for the Major

Students who began their studies at UCSC in Fall 2009 or later must qualify to declare a Physics major.

To qualify for a Physics BS, Applied Physics BS, Astrophysics BS, or Physics Education BS major students must complete the following qualification courses, or their equivalents, with a cumulative GPA of 2.70 or greater:

  • PHYS 5A Introduction to Physics I
  • PHYS 5B Introduction to Physics II
  • PHYS 5C Introduction to Physics III

NOTE: At least two of these three courses must be passed in the first attempt.

Students may petition to declare once they have successfully completed the courses required by the qualification policy.

Students who do not meet the qualification policy may appeal. For more information, visit our Appeal Process.