Bachelor of Science in Physics: Concentration in Astrophysics - Quantitative Reasoning Category I/II and Stretch English

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 71

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
ENG 104 Writing the First Year: Finding Your Voice Stretch I 1 3
MATH 226 Calculus I (Major Prerequisite, B4) 2 4
GE Area A 3 3
GE Area C 3
GE Area D 3
 Units16
Second Semester
CSC 309 Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
ENG 105 Writing the First Year: Finding Your Voice Stretch II (A2) 1 3
MATH 227 Calculus II (Major Prerequisite) 4
PHYS 220
PHYS 222
General Physics with Calculus I
and General Physics with Calculus I Laboratory (Major Prerequisite, B1, B3)
4
GE Area A 3
 Units17
Third Semester
MATH 228 Calculus III (Major Prerequisite) 4
PHYS 230
PHYS 232
General Physics with Calculus II
and General Physics with Calculus II Laboratory (Major Prerequisite)
4
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) 3
GE Area E 3
SF State Studies or University Elective (if selecting MATH 245) or 3
Linear Algebra (if selecting MATH 376)  
 Units17
Fourth Semester
ASTR 300 Stars, Planets, and the Milky Way (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
MATH 245
Elementary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra (Major Prerequisite)
or Ordinary Differential Equations I
3
PHYS 240
PHYS 242
General Physics with Calculus III
and General Physics with Calculus III Laboratory (Major Prerequisite)
4
GE Area C 3
GE Area D 3
 Units16
Fifth Semester
ASTR 301 Observational Astronomy Laboratory (Major Upper-Division Core) 2
PHYS 320 Modern Physics I (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
PHYS 330 Analytical Mechanics I (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
PHYS 385 Introduction to Theoretical Physics I (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
GE Area D 3
 Units14
Sixth Semester
ASTR 340GW The Big Bang - GWAR (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
ASTR 470 Observational Techniques in Astronomy (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
PHYS 360 Electricity and Magnetism I (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
PHYS 370 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
GE Area C 3
 Units15
Seventh Semester
ASTR 400 Stellar Astrophysics (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
PHYS 430 Quantum Mechanics I (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
Major Elective (6 Units Total) – Take One 4 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
 Units15
Eighth Semester
Select One (Major Culminating Experience): 3
Astronomy Research Literature
and Culminating Experience in Physics
 
Senior Project  
Major Elective (6 Units Total) – Take One 4 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
SF State Studies or University Elective 1
 Units10
 Total Units120