Skip to main content

The Division of Physical Sciences Cohort Program

Student in lab

The Division of Physical Sciences Cohort Program, a new and exciting opportunity for students in Chemistry & Biochemistry, Mathematics, and Physics to work together as a community to build foundational knowledge and launch meaningful and significant careers in STEM.

See the program flyer by clicking here

Program Highlights

This program consists of the following major components:

  • Cohort Learning Environment: Beginning in the Fall of your freshman year, the cohort will take their Chemistry, Math, & Physics courses together. The cohort will continue taking courses together throughout their first two years at University—major dependent. Professors in each series will be from a pool of faculty members that teach from a ‘Growth Mindset’ and have agreed to coordinate their respective series. This includes a dedicated Math 20A course (first quarter calculus) that will be capped at 70 seats.
  • Continuous MentorshipAll students will receive mentorship from experienced students in similar majors during every year of study. Additionally, students will receive one-on-one professional guidance from faculty and industry professionals during critical times. Mentorship includes guidance during critical times such as application periods for internships, summer research programs, graduate schools. Upperclassmen in the program will have the opportunity to serve as mentors for subsequent cohorts. 
  • Research Experience: Our goal is to provide you with the best learning opportunities we have to offer. At UC San Diego this means research. Students in our program will have increased opportunity to apply for and receive the research experiences which are vital for impactful careers in STEM.

Cohort Learning Environments

Chemistry 6A-C: General Chemistry 

Chemistry is the study of matter and energy, and their respective properties. In general, chemistry provides a lens to understanding the universe. The CHEM 6 series is intended for science and engineering majors.

  • CHEM 6A, the first quarter of the general chemistry sequence, introduces students to atomic theory, chemical foundation, bonding, molecular geometry, stoichiometry, reactions, & periodicity.
  • CHEM 6B, the second of the general chemistry sequence, introduces students to gases, liquids, solids, solutions, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, equilibrium, & solubility.
  • CHEM 6C, the third of the general chemistry sequence, introduces students to acids and bases, electrochemistry, kinetics, transition metals, coordination chemistry, & nuclear chemistry.

Math 20A-C: Calculus for Science and Engineering

  • MATH 20A, foundations of differential and integral calculus of one variable. Functions, graphs, continuity, limits, derivative, tangent line. Applications with algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Introduction to the integral.
  • MATH 20B, integral calculus of one variable and its applications, with exponential, logarithmic, hyperbolic, and trigonometric functions. Methods of integration. Infinite series. Polar coordinates in the plane and complex exponentials. 
  • MATH 20C, vector geometry, vector functions and their derivatives. Partial differentiation. Maxima and minima. Double integration.

Physics Seminar: Life, the Universe, and Everything - an invitation to Physics

Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. Physicists are problem solvers. In this course you will learn how to use mathematics and physics to describe systems, build models of their behavior, and solve problems in a way that will help you succeed in courses in engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry - especially in PHYS 2A and 4A.


Application and Due Dates

Applications are closed.

Please send questions you may have about the program and applications to: