Bachelor of Arts in Physics Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum number of units in the Major: 52

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
ENG 114
First Year Composition 1
or First Year Composition Stretch I
3
MATH 226 Calculus I 4
Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 2 3
Area C: Arts (C1) 3
Area C: Literature (C3) 3
 Units16
Second Semester
ENG 214
Second Year Written Composition: English
or First Year Composition Stretch II
3
MATH 227 Calculus II 4
PHYS 220
PHYS 222
General Physics with Calculus I
and General Physics with Calculus I Laboratory
4
Area A: Critical Thinking (A3) or Oral Communication (A1) 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
Area B: Life Science (B2) 3
Area D: Social Sciences: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
 Units17
Fourth Semester
MATH 245
Elementary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra
or Ordinary Differential Equations I
3
PHYS 240
PHYS 242
General Physics with Calculus III
and General Physics with Calculus III Laboratory
4
Area C: Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2) 3
Area D: Social Sciences (D1) 3
Area D: Social Sciences: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
 Units16
Fifth Semester
PHYS 320 Modern Physics I 3
PHYS 321 Modern Physics Laboratory 2
Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences: UD–B (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
SF State Studies or University Elective – Take 2 6
 Units14
Sixth Semester
PHYS 330 Analytical Mechanics I 3
PHYS 385 Introduction to Theoretical Physics I 3
Upper Division Arts and/or Humanities: UD–C (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
SF State Studies or University Elective – Take 2 6
 Units15
Seventh Semester
PHYS 360 Electricity and Magnetism I 3
PHYS 370 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 3
PHYS 490 Physics Project Laboratory 2
Major Elective (On advisement. PHYS 460 or PHYS 325 recommended.) 3
Upper Division Social Sciences: UD–D (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
 Units14
Eighth Semester
PHYS 491GW Advanced Laboratory II - GWAR 3 1
PHYS 695 Culminating Experience in Physics 1
Major Elective (On advisement. PHYS 460 or PHYS 325 recommended.) 3
SF State Studies or University Electives - Take 3 9
 Units14
 Total Units120
1

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

2

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      

3

You must take at least one GWAR (GW) course.