Bachelor of Arts in Physics: Concentration in Astronomy Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 52

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
ASTR 115 Introduction to Astronomy 3
MATH 226 Calculus I 4
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 1 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication (A2) 2 3
GE Area C: Humanities: Literature (C3) 3
 Units16
Second Semester
MATH 227 Calculus II 4
PHYS 220
PHYS 222
General Physics with Calculus I
and General Physics with Calculus I Laboratory
4
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
 
 Units14
Third Semester
MATH 228 Calculus III 4
MATH 325 Linear Algebra 3
PHYS 230
PHYS 232
General Physics with Calculus II
and General Physics with Calculus II Laboratory
4
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) if not already satisfied 3
 
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
 Units17
Fourth Semester
PHYS 240
PHYS 242
General Physics with Calculus III
and General Physics with Calculus III Laboratory
4
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) 3
GE Area C: Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2) 3
GE Area D: Social Sciences (D1) 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
 Units16
Fifth Semester
ASTR 301 Observational Astronomy Laboratory 2
PHYS 320
PHYS 321
Modern Physics I
and Modern Physics Laboratory
5
GE Area C: Arts (C1) 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 3 1
 Units14
Sixth Semester
ASTR 300 Stars, Planets, and the Milky Way 3
ASTR 340GW The Big Bang - GWAR 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Two 3 6
 Units15
Seventh Semester
ASTR 470 Observational Techniques in Astronomy 3
Major Elective – Take Two 4 6
GE Area UD-D: Upper Division Social Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 3 3
 Units15
Eighth Semester
PHYS 480 Introduction to Optics & Photonics 3
PHYS 695 Culminating Experience in Physics 1
Major Elective 4 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Electives 3 6
 Units13
 Total Units120
1

To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet LLD and SF State Studies requirements (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) within your GE or major.

2

ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.

3

Complementary Studies

Upon completion of the B.A. in Physics program, students will have taken 12 units of calculus courses that satisfy the Complementary Studies requirement for a B.A. degree.

Students who have earned AA-T or AS-T degrees and are pursuing a similar B.A. degree at SF State are required to fulfill the Complementary Studies requirement as defined by the major department. Students should consult with a major advisor about how transfer units and/or SF State units can best be applied to this requirement in order to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

4

Major Elective (8 units)

At least 8 units of upper division astronomy, physics, geosciences, mathematics or related subjects, selected on advisement. No more than 3 units of 600 level courses may count toward this requirement