Bachelor of Science in Physics: Concentration in Astrophysics Roadmap

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

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
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: Arts (C1) 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 B: Life Science (B2) 3
GE Area D: 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
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) if not already satisfied 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 300 Stars, Planets, and the Milky Way 3
PHYS 320 Modern Physics I 3
PHYS 330 Analytical Mechanics I 3
PHYS 385 Introduction to Theoretical Physics I 3
GE Area C: Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2) 3
 Units15
Sixth Semester
ASTR 301 Observational Astronomy Laboratory 2
ASTR 340GW The Big Bang - GWAR 3
CSC 309 Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers 3
PHYS 360 Electricity and Magnetism I 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
 Units14
Seventh Semester
ASTR 400 Stellar Astrophysics 3
ASTR 470 Observational Techniques in Astronomy 3
PHYS 370 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 3
PHYS 430 Quantum Mechanics I 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper Division Social Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
 Units15
Eighth Semester
ASTR 498
PHYS 695
Astronomy Research Literature
or Senior Project
1-3
Major Elective (6 Units Total) – Take Two 6
GE Area UD-B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
SF State Studies or University Elective 3 3
 Units13-15
 Total Units120-122
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

 Major Electives (6 units)

Chosen from upper division courses in Physics or Astronomy with consent of an advisor. Three of the 6 units must be in a course numbered 400–499. Up to 1 unit of a 600 level course in ASTR.