Non-Major Courses of Interest

Non-Major Courses of Interest

Interested in physics but do not want to pursue a degree in the field? Consider taking one of these exciting courses designed to give you a good introduction to what physics is all about! Physics 10, 21 and 100 satisfy the College of Letters and Science physical sciences breath requirement. 

Physics 10 or C10: Introduction to Physics [3 units]

The most interesting and important topics in physics, stressing conceptual understanding rather than math, with applications to current events.

Physics 21 or C21: Physics of Music [2 units] 

Physical principles encountered in the study of music. The applicable laws of mechanics, fundamentals of sound, harmonic content, principles of sound production in musical instruments, musical scales. Numerous illustrative lecture demonstrations will be given. Only the basics of high school algebra and geometry will be used.

Physics 24: Freshman Seminars [1 unit] 

The Berkeley Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small-seminar setting. Berkeley Seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester.

Physics 39: Lower Division Physics Seminar [1.5 units]

Physics seminar course designed for both non major students and students considering a major in physics. Topics vary from semester to semester.

Physics 100: Communicating Physics and Physical Science [2 units]

For undergraduate and graduate students interested in improving their ability to communicate scientific knowledge by teaching science in K-12 schools. The course will combine instruction in inquiry-based science teaching methods and learning pedagogy with 10 weeks of supervised teaching experience in a local school.