Undergraduate Program

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers undergraduate degree programs in Physics and in Applied Physics, with a variety of tracks, concentrations, and specializations in different topical areas. We offer introductory physics course sequences that are prerequisites for many other majors at UC Irvine, as well as a broad selection of General Education courses in subjects including astronomy and cosmology, the physics of sports, the physics of music, and energy and the environment. See the links below for detailed information about our undergraduate majors and course offerings.


Prospective Students

Why major in Physics or Applied Physics at UCI?
Description of degree programs and course requirements (from General Catalog)
UCI Admissions Office - apply here!
California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) Summer Science Academy for incoming first-year students
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Information for Majors in Physics and Applied Physics

Undergraduate curriculum and course requirements
Tracks and concentrations
Honors program
Annual advising for majors
Undergraduate research opportunities in Physics and Astronomy
Applying to graduate programs in Physics

Physics Course Information for Non-Majors

General Education (GE) courses in Physics and Astronomy
Introductory Physics course sequences

Undergraduate Instruction: General Information for All Courses

UCI Academic Calendar (UCI Registrar)
Physics & Astronomy course listings (from the UCI General Catalog)
Important Physics & Astronomy course information
Enrollment policies (waitlist, add/drop, UCI extension students)
Math Assessment for Physics Placement (MAPP) test
Instructor/TA office hours
Tutoring center schedule
Advanced labs information
Physics Student Affairs Office
School of Physical Sciences Student Affairs Office
UCI Policies on Academic Honesty and Integrity

Student Resources

Society of Physics Students (SPS)
Women in Physics
Astronomy Club
Survival tips for Physics majors
Undergraduate student awards
Study Abroad
Library links
Mathematica software for undergraduate courses

Job and Career Resources for Physics Majors

School of Physical Sciences Undergraduate Mentoring Program
American Physical Society Careers Page
Physics Today Job Listings
American Association of Physics Teachers Career Center
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Internship Program




updated 3.8.2021