Bachelor of Science in Physics: Concentration in Physics for Teaching – 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 before transfer
Upper Division GE: UD-B, UD-C, or UD-D 4 3
Second Semester
PHYS 360 Electricity and Magnetism I 5,6 3
PHYS 370 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 5 3
Major Elective 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 3 2
SCI 652 SFSU Science Partners K-12 Schools 3 4
Major Elective 3
Upper Division GE: UD-B, UD-C, or UD-D 3
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if US/CA Government met before transfer
Fourth Semester
PHYS 491GW Advanced Laboratory II - GWAR 5 1
PHYS 695 Culminating Experience in Physics 5 1
Major Elective – Take Two 6
Upper Division GE: UD-B, UD-C, or UD-D 3
or University Elective
University Elective 5
 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. Overall time for degree completion will be extended. Students in this situation should consult with a department advisor for an alternate advising plan.


PHYS 320/PHYS 321, PHYS 490 and SCI 652 offered fall semesters only.


Take PHYS 385 if MATH 245 complete.


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


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 or Complementary Studies requirements.

Physics B.S. (Teaching) Major: 37–40 Units

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

  • Prerequisites (3 units if MATH 245 equivalent not completed before transfer; see note 1 above)
  • Upper division Requirements (25 units)
  • Electives (12 units): May be lower or upper division. Selected in consultation with a department advisor; courses should prepare students to teach a second subject in addition to physics, or general science at 9th grade level.

University Electives: Five 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.