Bachelor of Arts in Physics – PHYS Associate Degree for Transfer Roadmap

This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in 2017–2018 with an AS-T in Physics. Twenty-four units in the major (MATH 226, MATH 227, MATH 228, PHYS 220, PHYS 222, PHYS 230, PHYS 232, PHYS 240 and PHYS 242) and all lower division GE requirements have been satisfied. Additional units in the major may have been satisfied. Check with a major advisor about the most appropriate course sequence. Degree completion guaranteed in 60 units; see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) section for more information.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
MATH 245
Elementary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra 1,2
or Ordinary Differential Equations I
PHYS 320
PHYS 321
Modern Physics I
and Modern Physics Laboratory 3
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met in transfer
University Elective 4 3
Second Semester
PHYS 325 Modern Physics II 5,6 3
PHYS 360 Electricity and Magnetism I 5,7 3
PHYS 370 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 5 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
or University Elective if A4 was met before transfer
Upper Division GE: UD-B, UD-C, or UD-D 3
Third Semester
PHYS 490 Physics Project Laboratory 2
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if US/CA Government met before transfer
Upper Division GE: UD-B, UD-C, or UD-D 3
Major Elective 6 3
University Elective 3
Fourth Semester
PHYS 491GW Advanced Laboratory II - GWAR 5 1
PHYS 695 Culminating Experience in Physics 5 1
Upper Division GE: UD-B, UD-C, or UD-D 3
University Electives 12
 Total Units60

Take PHYS 330 if MATH 245 complete.


A course in differential equations and linear algebra is required before taking PHYS 330 and PHYS 385. Students transferring in without an equivalent to MATH 245 must delay taking PHYS 330 and PHYS 385 until the following Fall semester, which will affect other elements of this sample roadmap. Time for degree completion may be affected. Students in this situation should consult with a department advisor for an alternate advising plan.


PHYS 320/PHYS 321 offered fall semesters only.


Take PHYS 385 if MATH 245 complete.


PHYS 325, PHYS 360, PHYS 370, PHYS 491GW and PHYS 695 offered spring semester only.


The Physics major requires a minimum of four elective units; PHYS 325 (offered in spring semesters) and PHYS 460 (offered in fall semesters) are strongly recommended.


PHYS 385 must be taken before PHYS 360.

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 40 units minimum at the upper division level; to include the following:

University-Wide Requirements: 9–18 Units

  • ENG 214 or equivalent A4 course (0–3 units) if not taken before transfer
  • American Institutions (0–6 units): US History, US Government, California State and Local Government requirements if not taken before transfer
  • Upper division GE, areas B, C and D (9 units)
    • Students entering the major with the AS-T in Physics are not required to fulfill SF State Studies requirements.
  • Complementary Studies is met in major with required mathematics.

Physics B.A. Major:  25–28 Units

MATH 226, MATH 227, MATH 228, PHYS 220, PHYS 222, PHYS 230, PHYS 232, PHYS 240, and PHYS 242 met in transfer.

  • Prerequisites (3 units if MATH 245 equivalent not completed before transfer; see note 2 above)
  • Upper division Requirements (21 units)
  • Upper division Electives (4 units; see note 7 above.)

University Electives: 15 or More Units

Depends on course choices made at the community college, how transferred units are applied to the requirements above, and course choices at SF State. Some courses may meet more than one requirement, e.g. both in UD GE and the major. Upper division electives recommended in order to meet the minimum 40-unit requirement.