Bachelor of Science in Physics: Concentration in Astrophysics – PHYS Associate Degree for Transfer Roadmap

This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in the current Bulletin year 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
Select One (UD-C, USH, CSLG): 3
The U.S. Constitution to 1896 (AERM, SJ)  
The U.S. Constitution Since 1896 (AERM, SJ)  
Select One (Lower-Division Core): 1,2 3
Elementary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra  
Ordinary Differential Equations I  
PHYS 320 Modern Physics I (Upper-Division Core) 3 3
GE Area UD–B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 4 3
University Elective 4
Second Semester
ASTR 300 Stars, Planets, and the Milky Way (Upper-Division Core) 5 3
ASTR 340GW The Big Bang - GWAR (Upper-Division Core) 5 3
CSC 309 Computer Programming (Upper-Division Core) 3
PHYS 360 Electricity and Magnetism I (Upper-Division Core) 5,6 3
PHYS 370 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (Upper-Division Core) 5 3
Third Semester
ASTR 301 Observational Astronomy Laboratory (Upper-Division Core) 3 2
ASTR 400 Stellar Astrophysics (Upper-Division Core) 3 3
PHYS 430 Quantum Mechanics I (Upper-Division Core) 3 3
PHYS 460 Electricity and Magnetism II (Upper-Division Core) 3 3
GE Area UD–B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
or University Elective if UD-B is Already Satisfied
Fourth Semester
ASTR 470 Observational Techniques in Astronomy (Upper-Division Core) 5 3
Select One (Upper-Division Core): 5 3
Astronomy Research Literature
and Culminating Experience in Physics
Senior Project  
Major Elective - Take Two 7 6
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
 Total Units60

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 30 units minimum at the upper-division level; to include the following:

University-Wide Requirements: 9-15 Units

  • American Institutions (0-6 units) - US History, US Government, California State and Local Government. See next bullet if not completed before transfer.
  • Upper division GE (9 units): Courses approved for both UD GE and American Institutions may double-count.
  • Students entering the major with the AS-T in Physics are not required to fulfill SF State Studies or Complementary Studies requirements.

Physics B.S. (Astrophysics) Major: 44-47 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 3 above)
  • Upper-division Requirements (38 units)
  • Upper-division Electives (6 units):  Units in physics or astronomy selected with the consent of advisor. Three of the six elective units must be in courses numbered 400-499. No more than one unit of a 600-level ASTR course may count towards the electives.

University Electives: 4 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.