Bachelor of Science in Physics – 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
HIST 470
The U.S. Constitution to 1877 1
or The U.S. Constitution since 1877
MATH 245
Elementary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra 2,3
or Ordinary Differential Equations I
PHYS 320
PHYS 321
Modern Physics I
and Modern Physics Laboratory 4
GE Area UD–B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 5 3
Second Semester
CSC 309 Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers 6 3
RRS 600/HIST 466
History of People of Color in the U.S. 7
or Power and Politics in American Indian History
PHYS 360 Electricity and Magnetism I 8,9 3
PHYS 370 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 8 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
or University Elective if A4 was met before transfer
Third Semester
PHYS 430 Quantum Mechanics I 4 3
PHYS 460 Electricity and Magnetism II 4 3
PHYS 490 Physics Project Laboratory 4 2
Major Elective – Take Two 7
Fourth Semester
PHYS 431 Quantum Mechanics II 8 3
PHYS 457 Introduction to Analog Electronics 8 4
PHYS 491GW Advanced Laboratory II - GWAR 8 1
PHYS 695 Culminating Experience in Physics 8 1
GE Area UD–B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
or University Elective if UD-B was already satisfied
University Elective 4
 Total Units60

HIST 470 and HIST 471 satisfy GE UD-C and US/CA Government.


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 advising plan. 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 430, PHYS 460 and PHYS 490 are offered fall semesters only.


Take PHYS 385 if MATH 245 complete.


Students proficient in computer programming may substitute upper division units in astronomy, mathematics, or physics, subject to department chair’s approval. PHYS 325, offered in spring semesters, is a recommended substitute.


AIS 460 and RRS 600/HIST 466 also satisfy Upper Division GE: UD-D and US History.


PHYS 360, PHYS 370, PHYS 431, PHYS 457 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: 9–12 Units

  • ENG 214 or equivalent A4 course (0–3 units) if not taken before transfer
  • Upper division GE (9 units): If necessary, specific choices can be made to satisfy the US History and Government requirements and UD-C and UD-D at the same time. See notes.
  • 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. 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 (34 units)
  • Upper division Electives (10 units): May be units in astronomy, physics, mathematics, or related sciences.

University Electives: Four 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.